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1 ''All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.''
- Aristotle
2 ''Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.''
- Bertrand Russell
3 ''No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.''
- Edmund Burke
4 ''Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it.''
- Mario Andretti
5 ''The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.''
- Aristotle
6 ''Infinite passion, and the pain / Of finite hearts that yearn.''
- Robert Browning
7 ''The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.''
- Mikhail Bakunin
8 ''It's the talent and the passion that count in success.''
- Ingrid Bergman
9 ''Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.''
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
10 ''Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun.''
- Thomas Arnold
11 ''It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.''
- Sir Roger L'Estrange

''The overman...Who has organized the chaos of his passions, given style to his character, and become creative. Aware of life's terrors, he affirms life without resentment."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

13 ''Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire.''
- François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
14 ''The passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.''
- Alexander Hamilton
15 ''All thoughts, all passions, all delights.
- Whatever stirs this mortal frame
- All are but ministers of Love.
- And feed his sacred flame.''
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
16 ''Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.''
- Benjamin Disraeli
17 ''The man who is master of his passions is Reason's slave.''
- Cyril Connolly
18 ''Principle is a passion for truth.''
- William Hazlitt
19 ''The essential [conditions] of everything you do . . . must be choice, love, passion.''
- Nadia Boulanger
20 ''It is difficult to lay aside a confirmed passion.''
- Caius Valerius Catullus
21 ''One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures.''
- Denis Diderot
22 ''The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy.''
- Charlotte-Catherine
23 ''Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.''
- Julia Child
24 ''I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
25 ''Knowledge of mankind is a knowledge of their passions.''
- Benjamin Disraeli
26 ''Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
27 ''There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.''
- Federico Fellini
28 ''We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.''
- Eric Hoffer
29 ''Indulge not thyself in the passion of Anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.''
- Akhenaton
30 ''If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.''
- Benjamin Franklin
31 ''Very great achievements are brought about by passion and emotion rather than by practice, training, knowledge.''
- Frederick Philip Grove

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