Quotations About / On: PASSION
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).)
Sloth is all passions the most powerful.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 23, Grove Press (1968).)
Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (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).)
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).)