Sexual Pleasure Is, I Agree, A Passion To Which All Others Are Subordinate But In Which They All Unite.
~ Marquis de Sade
Ambition Is So Powerful A Passion In The Human Breast, That However High We Reach We Are Never Satisfied.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli
To Be Good, According To The Vulgar Standard Of Goodness, Is Obviously Quite Easy. It Merely Requires A Certain Amount Of Sordid Terror, A Certain Lack Of Imaginative Thought, And A Certain Low Passion For Middle-class Respectability.
~ Oscar Wilde
No Passion So Effectually Robs The Mind Of All Its Powers Of Acting And Reasoning As Fear.
~ Edmund Burke, "A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful", 1756
There Is No Passion Like That Of A Functionary For His Function.
~ Georges Clemenceau
The Link Between Ideas And Action Is Rarely Direct. There Is Almost Always An Intermediate Step In Which The Idea Is Overcome. De Tocqueville Points Out That It Is At Times When Passions Start To Govern Human Affairs That Ideas Are Most Obviously Translated Into Political Action. The Translation Of Ideas Into Action Is Usually In The Hands Of People Least Likely To Follow Rational Motives. Hence, It Is That Action Is Often The Nemesis Of Ideas, And Sometimes Of The Men Who Formulate Them. One Of The Marks Of The Truly Vigorous Society Is The Ability To Dispense With Passion As A Midwife Of Action - The Ability To Pass Directly From Thought To Action.
~ Eric Hoffe
What The Public Wants Is The Image Of Passion, Not Passion Itself.
~ Roland Barthes, Esprit
We Must Not Be Enemies. Though Passion May Have Strained, It Must Not Break Our Bonds Of Affection. The Mystic Chords Of Memory, Stretching From Every Battlefield And Patriot Grave, To Every Living Heart And Hearth-stone, All Over This Broad Land, Will Yet Swell The Chorus Of The Union When Again Touched, As Surely They Will Be, By The Better Angels Of Our Nature.
~ Abraham Lincoln
It Is Suggested That, In Domestic Violence At Least, The Presence Or Absence Of A Firearm, Or Of Any Other Type Of Weapon, Is Of Far Less Importance To The Outcome Than The Passion Generated In The Attacker. The Man Who Has Lost Control Will Cause Serious Injuries In Many Cases, Quite Irrespective Of The Weapon He Uses And Regardless Of The Certainty Of Detection And Punishment.
~ Colin Greenwood
I Simply Cannot Understand The Passion That Some People Have For Making Themselves Thoroughly Uncomfortable And Then Boasting About It Afterwards.
~ Patricia Moyes
The Holy Passion Of Friendship Is So Sweet And Steady And Loyal And Enduring A Nature That It Will Last Through A Whole Lifetime, If Not Asked To Lend Money.
~ Mark Twain
You Can Make Those Promises With Just As Much Passion The Second Time Around. Such Is The Regenerative Power Of The Human Heart.
~ Marion Wink, O Magazine, 2003