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Quotations about Passion

Live the ordinary days with passion and exuberance. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2015,

We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins. ~Benjamin Franklin

Give me one hour of love that is consumed by the intensity of its own fire, rather than a lifetime of embers whose feeble flame knows not outburst or extinction. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place. ~Ice T, The Ice Opinion, quoted in The Reader's Digest, 2002

Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night. ~Terri Guillemets, 1997

Passion is oxygen for the soul. ~Author unknown

Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune... when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Hester and Pearl," The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, 1850

When your love has ceased to be
Like a vivid storm at sea,
Like a lightning sheer and hot
Then my dear, I want it not...
~George Elliston, "Before You Tire," Through Many Windows, 1924

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman

The fact is, I don't like to hear cut-and-dried sermons. No — when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees! ~Abraham Lincoln, 1860, as quoted by Leonard W. Volk, in Francis F. Browne, The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1887

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. ~Henri Frédéric Amiel, 1856, translated by Mary Augusta Arnold Ward, 1885

But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "A Flood of Sunshine," The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, 1850

...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" ~Jack Kerouac, On the Road, 1957

Passion is human nature in its entirety; without passion, religion, history, romance, and art would be useless. ~Honoré de Balzac, translated by Philip Kent

Follow your passion, and success will follow you. ~Terri Guillemets, "The path," 2005

I may never find the thing I seek, but maybe you will have caught the spirit of my dream. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

I'm a singer-songwriter.... If I'm not doing it, I'm like a flower without water. When I'm doing it, I'm a sunflower six feet tall... ~Rob from Tucson, Arizona, Intervention, season 8, episode 4, original airdate 2009 December 21st  [I feel the same way about my quotation work! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

My dreams have a dragon-shaped shadow and breathe fire into the dawn. ~Terri Guillemets, "Ready," 2006

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