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Passion Quotes

Passion - the word itself seems loaded with zeal and enthusiasm which says 'get up and do something'. It is passion which drives us towards the accomplishment of our goals, even if we have to overcome turbulent circumstances or several challenging hurdles in our path. When we talk about successful people, we mainly focus on the journey which led to the realization of their dreams and this story inspires many of us to follow suit as well. When we take a closer look at their lives, we realize that these people had been too passionate about their work. They never let the enthusiasm within them die down and the result is their astounding career success as well as a tryst with limelight. Many a times it so happens that we know what we want to do with our lives, but several reasons hold us back. For many, it is the fear of the unknown and for some it is the reluctance to move out of the comfort zone. This fear sometimes overpowers our desires, making us do what seems convenient. At such junctures in life we need some motivation to fuel our dying self-confidence, helping us rise up from the debris of dilemma. People who experienced upheavals know what it takes to follow one's passion and they are the ones who guide us with their wisdom when we face a forking road. Thus, in this section we sought to explore some of their sayings which have gained the status of quotes, and a glance at those inspires us to the core.

Virginia Woolf

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?

Soren Kierkegaard

Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.

Henry James

We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

Samuel Johnson

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.

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Oprah Winfrey

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.

Charles Kingsley

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.

Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Mia Hamm

If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion.

Alexander Hamilton

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.

D. H. Lawrence

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.

Maya Angelou

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Sir Thomas Browne

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.

Andre Gide

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.

George Carlin

I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work.

Helen Rowland

Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her--when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?

Gwen Stefani

I imagine my children are going to save me from my vanity and be my passion and fill whatever fears I have of the amazing time I'm having right now being gone.

William Morris

Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization.

Helen Rowland

Flirting is the act of making a man feel pleased with himself.

Coco Chanel

Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains.

John Ruskin

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.

Honoré de Balzac

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.

Robert Burns

There is something so mean and unmanly in the arts of dissimulation and falsehood that I am surprised they can be used by anyone in so noble, so generous a passion as virtuous love.

Rita Mae Brown

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.

James Russell Lowell

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.


The law is reason, free from passion.

Gertrude Stein

There is no there there.

Honoré de Balzac

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

Henry Miller

Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.

Zig Ziglar

When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that's when passion is born.

Robert Browning

Only I discern Infinite passion, and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn.

William Makepeace Thackeray

The book of female logic is blotted all over with tears, and Justice in their courts is forever in a passion.

Laurence Sterne

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.

Edgar Allan Poe

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Michel de Montaigne

There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.

Charles Baudelaire

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.

D. H. Lawrence

Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.

T. S. Eliot

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.

Anton Chekhov

Passion must be concealed in a society where cold reserve and indifference are the signs of good breeding.

Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

Denis Waitley

Chase your passion, not your pension.

Lord Byron

There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?

George Eliot

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.

John Ruskin

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.

Charles Dickens

Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows - and china.


All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

Honoré de Balzac

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

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George Santayana

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.

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Joseph Conrad

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.

Rita Mae Brown

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

D. H. Lawrence

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff.

Eric Hoffer

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.

Blaise Pascal

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

Joseph Addison

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.

Albert Camus

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

T. S. Eliot

A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.

Benjamin Disraeli

Man is only great when he acts from passion.

Leonardo da Vinci

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.

Camille Paglia

Bravo's 'Real Housewives' series isn't just entertainment for devoted fans like me - it's an entire all-absorbing universe of pride and passion.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

Albert Camus

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.

Chuck Palahniuk

Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion - painting, writing, music. People seem less status-conscious. Even wealthy people buy second-hand clothes and look a little bit homeless.

Honoré de Balzac

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.

As a kid, I was going to be a marine biologist or an actor. When I became successful as an actor, I said, 'Well, maybe I can lend a voice to this with an equal passion.' You realize how lucky we are and how destructive we've been and what little regard we have for the natural world.

Honoré de Balzac

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.

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Lord Byron

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.

Richard M. Nixon

Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that.


Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.

Blessings and good wishes To you and your family on Passover!