passions are the gales of
life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a
tempest. —Dr. Watts.
our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and
conquered without being killed. —Colton.
Passion is the genesis of genius.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
The ruling passion, be it
The ruling passion conquers
their lives in the service of their passions, instead of
employing their passions in the service of their lives. —Steele.
art of governing the passions is more useful, and more important, than
many things in the search and pursuit of which we spend our days.
Without this art, riches and health, and skill and knowledge, will give
us little satisfaction; and whatsoever else we be, we can be neither
happy, nor wise, nor good. —Jortin.
conference, debate, or reasoning with any lust; 'tis but a
preparatory for thy admission of it. The way is at the very first
flatly to deny it. —Fuller.
In the human
breast two master-passions cannot coexist. —Campbell.
Have passions in proportion violent,
Resistless, and tormenting; they're
Imposed by nature on pre-eminence,
And fortitude and wisdom must
act as winds to propel our vessel, our reason is the
pilot that steers her; without the winds she would not move, without
the pilot she would be lost. —From the French.
itself, all perfect as it is, requires to be inspirited
by passion; for duties are but coldly performed which are but
philosophically fulfilled. —Mrs. Jameson.
headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God. —Confucius.
always act according to their passions. Therefore the best
government is that which inspires the nobler passions and destroys the
One master-passion in the breast,
Like Aaron's serpent, swallows up
should be purged; all may become innocent if they are
well directed and moderated. Even hatred maybe a commendable feeling
when it is caused by a lively love of good. Whatever makes the passions
pure, makes them stronger, more durable, and more enjoyable. —Joubert.
common-place people become highly imaginative when they are
in a passion. Whole dramas of insult, injury, and wrong pass before
their minds,—efforts of creative genius, for there is sometimes not a
fact to go upon. —Helps.
rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those
husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they
fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and
unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable
whilst they keep within their bounds. —Boyle.
costs too much to bestow it upon every trifle. —Rev.
Words may be
counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the
tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks
the heart. —Southern.
passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no
impediment; it cannot go backward; it must go forward. —Bovee.
the drunkenness of the mind. —South.
Oh how the
passions, insolent and
Bear our weak minds their rapid course along;
Make us the madness of their will obey;
Then die and leave us to our griefs a prey!
passion has no partner. —Lavater.
tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it
is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted. —Thomas Paine.
who is passionate and hasty is generally honest. It is your cool,
dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware. —Lavater.
Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all
things alive and significant.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous
only in one, through their excess. —Bovee.
It is not
the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which
affords happiness. —Mme. de Maintenon.