passion Quotes

77 of the best book quotes about passion
  1. #1
    “You see, I read all books on hunting published in English, French, and Russian. I have but one passion in my life, Mr. Rainsford, and it is the hunt.”
  2. #2
    ″O wandering steps! O vague and busy dreams!
    O changeless memory! O fierce desire!
    O passion strong! heart weak with its own fire;
    O eyes of mine! not eyes, but living streams;
    O laurel boughs! whose lovely garland seems
    The sole reward that glory’s deeds require!
    O haunted life! delusion sweet and dire,
    That all my days from slothful rest redeems;
    O beauteous face! where Love has treasured well
    His whip and spur, the sluggish heart to move
    At his least will; nor can it find relief.
    O souls of love and passion! if ye dwell
    Yet on this earth, and ye, great Shades of Love!
    Linger, and see my passion and my grief.”
  3. #3
    I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.
  4. #4
    “George served, and surprised her by his anxiety to win. She remembered how he had sighed among the tombs at Santa Croce because things wouldn’t fit; how after the death of that obscure Italian he had leant over the parapet by the Arno and said to her: ‘I shall want to live, I tell you.’ He wanted to live now, to win at tennis, to stand for all he was worth in the sun—the sun which had begun to decline and was shining in her eyes; and he did win.”
  5. #5
    ″‘I taught him,’ he quavered, ‘to trust in love. I said: ‘When love comes, that is reality.’ I said: ‘Passion does not blind. No. Passion is sanity, and the woman you love, she is the only person you will ever really understand.‘”
  6. #6
    “If I were to inquire what passion is most natural to men who are stimulated and circumscribed by the obscurity of their birth or the mediocrity of their fortune, I could discover none more peculiarly appropriate to their condition than this love of physical prosperity. The passion for physical comforts is essentially a passion of the middle classes: with those classes it grows and spreads, with them it preponderates.”
  7. #7
    “Passion is seen in those who can tell you in great detail who they intend to become and what their success will be like- they might even be able to tell you specifically when they intend to achieve it or describe to you legitimate and sincere worries they have about the burdens of such accomplishments. They can tell you all the things they’re going to do, or have even begun, but they cannot show you their progress. Because there rarely is any.”
  8. #8
    “I saw in my dream the Interpreter take Christian by the hand and lead him into a little room. Here two little children sat, each in their own chair. The name of the eldest was Passion and the name of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be very discontented but Patience remained quiet and calm.”
  9. #9
    “She had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing.”
  1. #10
    “The passions that incline men to peace are: fear of death; desire of such things as are necessary to commodious living; and a hope by their industry to obtain them. And reason suggesteth convenient articles of peace upon which men may be drawn to agreement.”
  2. #11
    “Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. ”
  3. #12
    “Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science.”
  4. #13
    “What if cruelty had grown into a common passion? What if in this interval the race had lost its manliness, and had developed into something inhuman, unsympathetic, and overwhelmingly powerful?”
  5. #14
    “Start with a strong passion, use what you have in your hands and build your dream. The builder builds a mansion by putting one block at a time.”
  6. #15
    “How many people are not as good as they could be at their job because they don’t love it? They’re not passionate about it. If you don’t like something, why are you doing it?”
    Tim Tebow
  7. #16
    “You don’t need to have it all before you start, you don’t need to know everything, you don’t need to understand fully how it works and you don’t need to be sure or assured of the future.”
  8. #17
    “Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”
  9. #18
    “The truth was, I could no sooner quit cello cold turkey than I could stop breathing.”

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  1. #19
    “Respond to every call
    that excites your spirit.”
  2. #20
    “The papers said it was a crime of passion and he told me there wasnt no passion to it. ”
  3. #21
    ″ Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”
  4. #22
    “Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
  5. #23
    “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary.”
  6. #24
    “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
  7. #25
    “As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.”
  8. #26
    “Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.”
  9. #27
    “I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you - yes, you - have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”
  1. #28
    “The princess burst into a passion of tears, and fell on the floor. There she lay for an hour and her tears never ceased.”
  2. #29
    “A man without ever the least appearance of anger, or any other passion; able at the same time most exactly to observe the Stoic Apathia, or unpassionateness, and yet to be most tender-hearted: ever of good credit; and yet almost without any noise, or rumour: very learned, and yet making little show.”
  3. #30
    ″ When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.”
  4. #31
    “Men are such constant fools! The rest may try to get over their passion with more or less success.”
  5. #32
    ″It’s been said a million times that the most important things aren’t things. But if we’re not careful, it seems, many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by all the stuff we have to manage, instead of focused on what we’re most passionate about—writing or making or painting or connecting with people.″
  6. #33
    “The love of accumulating money grows an absorbing passion in men whose imaginations, even in the very beginning of their hoard, showed them no purpose beyond it.”
  7. #34
    “Emasculation happens in marriage as well. Women are often attracted to the wilder side of a man, but once having caught him they settle down to the task of domesticating him. Ironically, if he gives in he’ll resent her for it, and she in turn will wonder where the passion has gone.”
  8. #35
    “Why is pornography the number one snare for men? He longs for the beauty, but without his fierce and passionate heart he cannot find her or win her or keep her.”
  9. #36
    “Nick: I wouldn’t say there was any…particular passion between us, even at the beginning…of our marriage, I mean.”

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  1. #37
    “The brain may
    devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps
    o’er a cold decree.”
  2. #38
    “The lust for comfort murders the passions of the soul.”
  3. #39
    “Rest in reason; move in passion.”
  4. #40
    “The world simply cannot reject anyone or anything that comes from a place of passion. Stay focused on what you love, keep going, and trust that those who are meant to get your message will.”
  5. #41
    “It’s all about persevering and letting your passion drive you. When you have passion, you cannot fail.”
  6. #42
    “And it occurred to me there is no manual that deals with the real business of motorcycle maintenance, the most important aspect of all. Caring about what you are doing is considered either unimportant or taken for granted.”
  7. #43
    “For too long we have allowed apathy to masquerade itself as humility. There is nothing humble about living apathetic lives. In the same way, we cannot live lives of passion without unlocking our greatness.”
  8. #44
    “But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”
  9. #45
    “It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. ”
  1. #46
    “Passion is the fuel of greatness, and love is the fuel of passion. When we love someone or something, we give them all of us. This is the elegant interconnection between servanthood and greatness. It is love that drives us to serve and love that drives us to greatness. This is why the two cannot be mutually exclusive. In the end, the one who serves is the one who is great, as they are the one who loves most profoundly.”
  2. #47
    “Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do.”
  3. #48
    “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”
  4. #49
    The human race is filled with passion!
  5. #50
    “Behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire.”
  6. #51
    “Pietro Crespi took the sewing basket from her lap and he told her, “We’ll get married next month.” Amaranta did not tremble at the contact with his icy hands. She withdrew hers like a timid little animal and went back to her work. “Don’t be simple, Crespi.” She smiled. “I wouldn’t marry you even if I were dead.”
  7. #52
    “Clues to your passion are always around you. The sequence of events that led me to that stage began when I least expected it, but I was on the lookout for something more, something meaningful in my ilife. And even then I had to battle my natural instincts to experience it. You’ll only find your passion if you search and fight to discover it.”
  8. #53
    “Don’t you know there are some souls that are constantly tormented? They need dreams and action, one after the other, the purest passions, the most frenzied pleasures, and it leads them to throw themselves into all sorts of fantasies and follies.”
  9. #54
    “O joyous, blossoming, ever-blessed flowers!
    ’Mid which my pensive queen her footstep sets;
    O plain, that hold’st her words for amulets
    And keep’st her footsteps in thy leafy bowers!
    O trees, with earliest green of springtime hours,
    And all spring’s pale and tender violets!
    O grove, so dark the proud sun only lets
    His blithe rays gild the outskirts of thy towers!
    O pleasant country-side! O limpid stream,
    That mirrorest her sweet face, her eyes so clear,
    And of their living light canst catch the beam!
    I envy thee her presence pure and dear.
    There is no rock so senseless but I deem
    It burns with passion that to mine is near.”
  1. #55
    “I once beheld on earth celestial graces
    And heavenly beauties scarce to mortals known,
    Whose memory yields nor joy nor grief alone,
    But all things else in cloud and dreams effaces.
    I saw how tears had left their weary traces
    Within those eyes that once the sun outshone,
    I heard those lips, in low and plaintive moan,
    Breathe words to stir the mountains from their places.
    Love, wisdom, courage, tenderness, and truth
    Made in their mourning strains more high and dear
    Than ever wove soft sounds for mortal ear;
    And heaven seemed listening in such saddest ruth
    The very leaves upon the bough to soothe,
    Such sweetness filled the blissful atmosphere.”
  2. #56
    “Oft by my faithful mirror I am told,
    And by my mind outworn and altered brow,
    My earthly powers impaired and weakened now,—
    ‘Deceive thyself no more, for thou art old!’
    Who strives with Nature’s laws is over-bold,
    And Time to his commandment bids us bow.
    Like fire that waves have quenched, I calmly vow
    In life’s long dream no more my sense to fold.
    And while I think, our swift existence flies,
    And none can live again earth’s brief career,—
    Then in my deepest heart the voice replies
    Of one who now has left this mortal sphere,
    But walked alone through earthly destinies,
    And of all women is to fame most dear.”
  3. #57
    “My passion is equal to the task.”
  4. #58
    “These violent delights have violent ends.”
  5. #59
    “You know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!”
  6. #60
    “Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! . . . It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
  7. #61
    “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
  8. #62
    “If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn’t love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.”
  9. #63
    Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear—a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.
  1. #64
    “Human passions have mysterious ways, in children as well as grown-ups. Those affected by them can’t explain them, and those who haven’t known them have no understanding of them at all. Some people risk their lives to conquer a mountain peak. No one, not even they themselves, can really explain why. Others ruin themselves trying to win the heart of a certain person who wants nothing to do with them. Still others are destroyed by their devotion to the pleasures of the table. Some are so bent on winning a game of chance that they lose everything they own, and some sacrifice everything for a dream that can never come true.
    Some think their only hope of happiness lies in being somewhere else, and spend their whole lives traveling from place to place. And some find no rest until they have become powerful. In short, there are as many different passions as there are people.”
  2. #65
    “If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.”
  3. #66
    “It is hard,--hard to work always--always alone with never a friend you can have in honour, and the love that is offered means the streets, the boulevard--when passion is dead. I know it,--we know it,--we others who have nothing,--have no one, and who give ourselves, unquestioning--heart and soul, knowing the end.”
  4. #67
    “It is beyond belief what Bojangles does, which is why Elisa is ashamed to feel a burst of ego: She could have kept pace with him better than Shirley Temple, if only the world into which she’d been born had been wholly different.”
  5. #68
    “Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?”
  6. #69
    “To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal!”
  7. #70
    “Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
  8. #71
    “Philosophy, however enlightened, however profound, gives no command over the passions, no influential motives, no vivifying principles.”
  9. #72
    “There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”
  10. #73
    “Politics is for people who have a passion for changing life but lack a passion for living it.”
  11. #74
    “It is all too easy to mistake passion that can change its mind for fundamentalism, which never will.”
  12. #75
    “It was a moon that could stir wild passions in a moo cow. A moon that could bring out the devil in a bunny rabbit. A moon that could turn lug nuts into moonstones, turn Little Red Riding Hood into the big bad wolf.”
  13. #76
    “Passion makes most psychiatrists nervous”
  14. #77
    “Think of love as a fire whose intensity and ability to warm us is determine by the degrees of knowledge we add to the flame.”
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