Cricket as a passion is distinctly contagious.
A Passion of the brain, as all other melancholy, by reason of corrupt imagination.1621 Of love. Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.3, section 2, member1, subsection 2.
To spread healthy ideas among even the lowest classes of people, to remove men from the influence of prejudice and Passion, to make reason the arbiter and supreme guide of public opinion; that is the essential goal of the sciences; that is how science will contribute to the advancement of civilization, and that is what deserves protection of governments who want to insure the stability of their power.georges cuvier
Forgetfulness, the unhistorical, is … the atmosphere, in which alone life can come into being. In order to understand it, let us imagine a youth who is seized with a Passion for a woman, or a man who is swayed by a Passion for his work. In both cases what lies behind them has ceased to exist and yet this state (the most unhistorical that can be imagined) is that in which every action, every great deed is conceived and accomplished.georg brandes
Sobriety is the strength of the soul, for it preserves its reason unclouded by Passion.As quoted in Bible of Reason (1831) by Benjamin F. Powell, p. 157
Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by Passion.As quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood
The generation of an infinite number of bogusly 'objective' sentences in an English of agonizing patchwork mediocrity is no cause for celebration, even if it eventually amounts to a Borgesian paraphrase of our entire universe. [...] I liked the internet better before. The mistakes had flavor, Passion, transparent purpose.Jonathan Lethem, "All-Star Thinkers on Wikipedia's 10th Anniversary", The Atlantic, 13 January 2011
Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.François de La Rochefoucauld, Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 7 (1665-1678).
When illusions are over, when the distractions of sense, the vagaries of fancy, and the tumults of Passion have dissolved even before the body is cold, which once they so thronged and agitated, the soul merges into intellect, intellect into conscience, conscience into the unbroken, awful solitude of its own personal accountability; and though the inhabitants of the universe were within the spirit's ken, this personal accountability is as strictly alone and unshared, as if no being were throughout immensity but the spirit and its God.henry giles
The great advantage of our system of government over all others, is, that we have a written constitution, defining its limits, and prescribing its authorities; and that, however, for a time, faction may convulse the nation, and Passion and party prejudice sway its functionaries, the season of reflection will recur, when calmly retracing their deeds, all aberrations from fundamental principle will be corrected.henry clay
Hidden away amongst Aschenbach’s writing was a passage directly asserting that nearly all the great things that exist owe their existence to a defiant despite: it is despite grief and anguish, despite poverty, loneliness, bodily weakness, vice and Passion and a thousand inhibitions, that they have come into being at all. But this was more than an observation, it was an experience, it was positively the formula of his life and his fame, the key to his work.thomas mann
As a cartoonist I just felt so much Passion about what had happened I wanted to kind of counter Comedy Central's message they sent about feeling afraid.Molly Norris, April 23, 2010, interview with Dave Ross of KIRO — cited in: Associated Press (April 27, 2010). Cartoonist overwhelmed by response to "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day". MyNorthwest.com.
The earth is rocking, the skies are riven Jove in a Passion, in god-like fashion, Is breaking the crystal urns of heaven.Robert Buchanan, Horatius Cogitandibus, Stanza 16
Ever since I arrived to a state of manhood , I have felt a sincere Passion for liberty . The history of nations doomed to perpetual slavery , in consequence of yielding up to tyrants their natural born liberties, I read with a sort of philosophical horror; so that the first systematical and bloody attempt at Lexington, to enslave America, thoroughly electrified my mind, and fully determined me to take part with my country.Ethan Allen, as quoted in "In the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" - American Heritage magazine Vol. 14, Issue 6 (October 1963)
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