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Quotations About / On: PASSION

  • 11.
    Our true passions are selfish.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XXI, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.)
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  • 12.
    What is the main thing in love? to know and to hide. To know about the one you love and to hide that you love. At times the hiding (shame) overpowers the knowing (passion). The passion for the hidden—the passion for the revealed.
    (Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), Russian poet. repr. in A Captive Spirit: Selected Prose, ed. and trans. by J. Marin King (1980). The House at Old Pimen, ch. 2 (1934). On her youthful love for a girl.)
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  • 13.
    The continuance of our passions is no more in our own power than the term of our life.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 6 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 14.
    Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate—and unfortunate—in being cured of them.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 488 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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  • 15.
    My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 16.
    Passion impels our deeds; ideology supplies the explanations.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 17.
    One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion.
    (Max Weber (1864-1920), German sociologist. (First published 1919). "Politics as a Vocation," Essays in Sociology, eds. H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills (1946).)
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  • 18.
    Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 7 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 19.
    There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French dramatist. Sganarelle, in Dom Juan, act 1, sc. 1 (1665).)
  • 20.
    If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
    (Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1979). "The Pleasures of Love," Saturday Night (Canada, December 23, 1961).)
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