Quotations About / On: PASSION
To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing Solitude.
(Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 4 (1711).)
Passion cooks. Reason cleans.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
Passions are generally roused from great conflict.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, III, 40.)
The resistance we make to our passions is due to their weakness, not our strength.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 123 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
(Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Jenkin Riderhood, in The Book and the Brotherhood, pt. 2, "Midwinter," (1987).)
A woman's passion is not the measure of a man's love.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Sappho, in Sappho, act 3, sc. 1 (1819).)
The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.
(Sir William Osler (1849-1919), Canadian physician. Science and Immortality, ch. 2 (1904).)
Politics inflame the passions in a way that few beloveds can match.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Passion crashes into obstacles; Reason peers around them.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions.
(David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher. The Natural History of Religion, sect. 3, p. 318, Green and Grose (1898).)