feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something
Passion (from the Latin verb patior, meaning to suffer or to endure, also related to compatible) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something.
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Journal Intime, entry for December 17, 1856 (1882).
For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
Honoré de Balzac, ''Les Célibataires (A Bachelor's Establishment), first part was published as Les Deux Frères in La Presse (1841).
Fountain-heads and pathless groves,
Places which pale passion loves!
Beaumont and Fletcher, The Nice Valour (c. 1615–25; published 1647), Song, Act III, scene 3.
What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person. Are we not, for most of our lives, marking time? Most of our being is at rest, unlived. In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self. Passion is all that is other from self. Sex is only interesting when it releases passion. The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.
John Boorman, Projections, entry for May 16, 1991, eds. John Boorman and Walter Donohue (1992).
Filled with fury, rapt, inspir'd.
William Collins, The Passions, an Ode for Music (1747), line 10.
Connect with all the passions people have - for themselves, their families and their wider world - and they'll follow you to the ends of the earth. They will spread goodwill about your business, work hard for you, and buy your products, services and stock with pride. You will attract the best people, form highly motivated teams, collect loyal customers, sell the strongest brands with the greatest purpose and highest values, promising a better future.
Patrick Dixon - Building a Better Business, p. 1 (2005).
A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.
T. S. Eliot, Doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 1, Columbia University Press (1964).
It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
T. S. Eliot, Doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 1, Columbia University Press (1964).
Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want.
John Fowles, The Aristos (1964).
We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832).
Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
Jesus, attributed by Mary, in the Berlin Codex, Gospel of Mary, Chapter 4 [1]
[T]his man who is devoured by jealousy, hatred, avarice, or ambition, can never find any rest. The most peaceful spot, the freshest and most calming drinks are alike useless to one who has not freed his heart from the torment of passion.
Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Man a Machine (1747)
Take heed lest passion sway
Thy judgment to do aught, which else free will
Would not admit.
John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book VIII, line 634.
Discover your divine assignment and you have no reason to retreat. Discover your passion and you laugh in the face of defeat.
Kirk Nugent, Pursue Your Passion, Public Speech​, 5:10/6:17 (2007).
Passion persuades me one way, reason another. I see the better and approve it, but I follow the worse.
Ovid, Metamorphoses, 7. 19-21.
Strong passions mean weak will.
Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House (1854), Book I, Canto III, 2 Love a Virtue.
If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.
Roman Polanski, Independent on Sunday (London, May 12, 1991).
In men, we various ruling passions find;
In women two almost divide the kind;
Those only fix'd, they first or last obey.
The love of pleasure, and the love of sway.
Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle II, line 207.
The ruling passion, be it what it will,
The ruling passion conquers reason still.
Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 153.
Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.
François de La Rochefoucauld, Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 7 (1665-1678).
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.
Bertrand Russell, Introduction to the 1961 edition of Sceptical Essays (1961).
The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.
Yves Saint Laurent, reported in Gaille, Brandon (July 23, 2013). "List of 38 Famous Fashion Quotes and Sayings". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
Give me that man
That is not passion's slave.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 2, line 75.
What to ourselves in passion we propose,
The passion ending, doth the purpose lose.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act III, scene 2, line 204.
O, that my tongue were in the thunder's mouth!
Then with a passion would I shake the world.
William Shakespeare, King John (1598), Act III, scene 4, line 38.
Alas, why gnaw you so your nether lip?
Some bloody passion shakes your very frame;
These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope,
They do not point on me.
William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act V, scene 2, line 43.
We should employ our passions in the service of life, not spend life in the service of our passions.
Richard Steele, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 442.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 580-81.
Only I discern
Infinite passion, and the pain
Of finite hearts that yearn.
Robert Browning, Two in the Campagna, Stanza 12.
For one heat, all know, doth drive out another,
One passion doth expel another still.
George Chapman, Monsieur D'Olive, Act V, scene 1, line 8.
Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame;
Each to his passion; what's in a name?
Helen Hunt Jackson, Vanity of Vanities.
If we resist our passions it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. No. 125.
Toutes les passions ne sont autre chose que les divers degrés de la chaleur et de la froideur du sang.
Where passion leads or prudence points the way.
Robert Lowth, Choice of Hercules.
May I govern my passions with absolute sway,
And grow wiser and better as my strength wears away.
Walter Pope, The Old Man's Wish.
Passions are likened best to floods and streams,
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
Sir Walter Raleigh, The Silent Lover. See Cayley's Life of Raleigh, Volume I, Chapter III.
He will hold thee, when his passion shall have spent its novel force,
Something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.
Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall (1835, published 1842), Stanza 25.
The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er;
So calm are we when passions are no more!
Edmund Waller, On Divine Poems, line 7.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise;
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other's eyes.
Isaac Watts, Divine Songs, Song XVI.
And beauty, for confiding youth,
Those shocks of passion can prepare
That kill the bloom before its time,
And blanch, without the owner's crime,
The most resplendent hair.
William Wordsworth, Lament of Mary, Queen of Scots.
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