Quotations About / On: PASSION
Keep your passions in check, but beware of giving your reason free rein.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
Reason is a passion; an instinct, a drive.
(Bette Howland (b. 1937), U.S. author. Blue in Chicago, ch. 3 (1978).)
Control thy passion lest they take vengence on thee.
(Epictetus (c. 50-120), Greek Stoic philosopher. 50.)
The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Dr. Bartlett, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 3, letter 22, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
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).)
Passion impels our deeds; ideology supplies the explanations.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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).)
Sloth is all passions the most powerful.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 23, Grove Press (1968).)
Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)