Quotations About / On: PASSION

  • 1.
    The passion of the heart is expressed through the passion of the hands.
  • 2.
    What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
    (Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. Mythologies, "Le monde où l'on catche," (1957).)
  • 3.
    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). Unpacking My Library (1931).)
  • 4.
    There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Elements of Physiology, "Will, Freedom," (notes written 1774-1780, originally published 1875-1877).)
  • 5.
    You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.
    (Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. My Past and Thoughts, vol. 2, pt. 5, ch. 41 (1921), trans. by Constance Garnett (1924-1927).)
  • 6.
    As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
    (George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, June 10, 1822, to author Isaac D'Israeli. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 9, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1979).)
  • 7.
    ... there is no human being who having both passions and thoughts does not think in consequence of his passions.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 47 (1871-1872).)
  • 8.
    Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed & governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy.
    (William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). A Vision of the Last Judgement (1810).)
  • 9.
    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.)
  • 10.
    Anxiety and lust are evicting the older passions.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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