Quotations About / On:
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).)
The passion of love is essentially selfish, while motherhood widens the circle of our feelings.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Mme. Gaston in a letter to Mme. De l'Estorade, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
Man is a useless passion.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French philosopher, author. Being and Nothingness, "Doing and Having," sct. 3 (1943).)
Like other secret lovers, many speak mockingly about popular culture to conceal their passion for it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)