Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
It is, perhaps, better to be valued as an object of passion than never to be valued at all.
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, pp. 7-8 (1974).
Explaining her exotic status as a Western woman in Japan, a "man's country.")
Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.
(George F. Will (b. 1941), U.S. political columnist. Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, ch. 2 (1984).)
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).)
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).)