Eternal Passion! Eternal Pain! Matthew Arnold Poems: A New Edition,'Philomela', l.31^2.
Culture is the passion for sweetness and light, and (what is more) the
passion for making them prevail. Matthew Arnold Literature and Dogma, preface.
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak, but it mates and
mastersthefearofdeath. And therefore death is no such terrible
enemy, when a man hath so many attendants about
him that can win the combat of him. Revenge triumphs
over death; love slights it; honour aspireth to it;
grief flieth to it. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.2,'Of Death'.
La passion est toute l'humanite . Sans elle, la religion, l'histoire, le
roman, l'art seraient inutiles. Passion is all of
humanity.Without it, religion, history, the novel and art would
be useless. Honore de Balzac La Come die humaine, foreword.
Only I discern Infinite passion,
and the pain Of finite hearts
that yearn. Robert Browning Men and Women,'Two in the Campagna'.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting than
fear. Burke Edmund Burke On the Sublime and Beautiful, pt.2, section 2.
Butthislove ofoursisimmoderate, inordinate, and notto be comprehended
inany bounds.It will notcontainitself within the union of
marriage or apply to one object, but is a wandering,
extravagant, a domineering, a boundless, an
irrefragable, a destructive passion. Robert pseudonym DemocritusJunior Burton Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.3, section 2, member1, subsection 2.
passion of the brain, as all other melancholy, by reason of corrupt
imagination. Robert pseudonym DemocritusJunior Burton Of love. Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.3, section 2,
member1, subsection 2.
Where rose the mountains, there to him were friends; Where rolled the
ocean, thereon was his home; Where a blue sky,
and glowing clime, extends, He had the passion
and the power to roam. Rochdale ^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 3, stanza13.
His love was passion's essence:as a tree On fire by
lightning, with ethereal flame Kindled he was, and
blasted. Rochdale ^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 3, stanza 78.
As her lute doth live or die, Led by her passion,
so must I: For when of
pleasure she doth sing, My thoughts enjoy a
sudden spring, But if she doth of
sorrow speak, Ev'n from my heart
the strings do break. Thomas Campion A Book of Airs, no.6,'When to Her Lute Corinna
I may not hope from outward forms to win The passion and the
life, whose fountains are within. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 'Dejection: An Ode', stanza 3.
If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But
passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which
experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only
on the waves behind us! Samuel Taylor Coleridge Table Talk (published1835), entry for18 Dec.
moreunbecoming a manofquality than to
laugh;Jesu,'tissuchavulgarexpressionofthepassion! William Congreve Lord Froth to Brisk. The Double Dealer, act1, sc.4.
master passion is the love of news. George Crabbe The Newspaper, l.279.
There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the
human breast. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^9 Oliver Twist, ch.10.
have forgot much,Cynara! Gone with the wind, Flung roses, roses,
riotously with the throng, Dancing, to put thy
pale, lost lilies out of mind; But I was desolate
and sick of an old passion, Yea, all the time,
because the dance was long: I have been
faithful to thee,Cynara! in my fashion. Ernest Dowson Verses,'Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno
Moderate sorrow Fits vulgar love,
and for a vulgar man: But I have lov'd
with such transcendent passion, I soar'd, at first,
quite out of reason's view, And now am lost
above it. John Dryden All for Love, or The World Well Lost, act 2.
Whenlovegrows diseased,thebestthing we candoisto put it to a violent
death. I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and
consumptive passion. Sir George Etherege The Man of Mode or, Sir Fopling Flutter, act 2,
Le charme de la nouveaute , peu a' peu tombant comme un ve" t
ement, laissait voir a' nu l'e ternelle monotonie de la passion, qui a
toujours les me" mes formes et le me" me langage. The charm of
novelty, falling little by little like a robe, revealed the
eternal monotony of passion, which has always the same
forms and the same language. Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary, pt.2, ch.12.
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.Only connect the prose
and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human
love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no
longer. E(dward) M(organ) Forster Howards End, ch.22.
The one passion of my life has been footballthe most exhilarating game I
know, and the strongest protest against
selfishness, without sermonizing, that was ever put before a
thoughtful people. John Goodall Quoted in Andrew
Ward and Anton Rippon The Derby County Story (1983).
men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it
the utmost passion of her heart! Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter, ch.15.
We work in the darkwe do what we canwe give what we have.Our
doubt is in our passion and our passion is our
task. The rest is madness. Henry James Dencombe speaking of the artist.'The MiddleYears',
It is our first duty to serve society, and, after we have done that, we may
attend wholly to the salvation of our own souls.
Ayouthful passion for abstracted devotion should not be
encouraged. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, Feb. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of
Samuel Johnson (1791),
Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch.15.
Better passion and death than any more of these'isms'. No more of the old
purpose done up in aspic. Better passion and death. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch.15.
There's sure no passion in the human soul, But finds its food
in music. Lady Peel Munston Fatal Curiosity, act1, sc.2.
Drabs from the alleyways and drug fiends pale Minds still
passion-ridden, soul-power frail: Vermin-eaten saints
with moldy breath, Unwashed legions
with the ways of Death (Are you washed in
the blood of the Lamb?) (Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay General Booth Enters Into Heaven,'General Booth
Enters Into Heaven'.
There held in holy passion still, Forget thyself to
marble. John Milton c.1631 Il Penseroso, l.37^8.
Calm of mind, all passion spent. John Milton Samson Agonistes, l.1758.
Why have women Passion, intellect, moral activitythese
threeand a place in society where no one of the three
can be exercised? Florence Nightingale 'Cassandra' pt.1, part of an unpublished work
Suggestions for Thought to
Searchers after Religious Truth (revised and privately
printed1859). Published as an appendix in Ray Strachey The Cause:
A Short History of the Women's Movement in Great Britain
By the time you say you're his, Shivering and
sighing And he vows his
passion is Infinite, undying Lady, make a note of
this: One of you is
lying. Dorothy ne e Rothschild Parker Not So Deep as AWell,'Unfortunate Coincidence'.
Quelque e tendue d'esprit que l'on ait, l'on n'est capable que d'une grande
passion. However vast a
man's spirit, he is only capable of one great passion. Blaise Pascal c.1653 Discours sur les passions de l'amour (Discourse on
the Passions of
Love).This is usually attributed to Pascal.
La nettete de l'esprit cause aussi la nettete de la passion; c'est pourquoi un
esprit grand et net aime avec ardeur, et il voit distinctement
ce qu'il aime. Clarity of mind
results in clarity of passion; that is whya great mind loves
ardentlyand sees distinctly what it loves. Blaise Pascal c.1653
Discours sur les passions de l'amour (Discourse on the Passions of
Love).This is usually attributed to Pascal.
Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of
art for its own sake, has most. For art comes to you
proposing frankly to give nothing but the highestquality
toyourmomentsasthey pass,and simply for those
moments'sake. Walter Pater 'Conclusion' in Studies in the History of the Renaissance.
The ruling passion be it what it will, The ruling passion
conquers reason still. Alexander Pope Epistles to Several Persons,'To Lord Bathurst',
Search then the Ruling Passion:There, alone, The wild are
constant and the cunning known; The fool
consistent, and the false sincere; Priests, princes,
women, no dissemblers here. This clue once
found, unravels all the rest. Alexander Pope Epistles to Several Persons,'To Lord Cobham',
He fell in love with himself at first sight and it is a passion to which he has
always remained faithful. Self-love seems so often
unrequited. Anthony Dymoke Powell TheAcceptanceWorld, ch.1.
What is our life? a play of passion; Our mirth the music
of division; Our mothers' wombs
the tiring-houses be Where we are
dressed for this short comedy. Heaven the
judicious sharp spectator is, That sits and marks
still who doth act amiss; Our graves that
hide us from the searching sun Are like drawn
curtains when the play is done. Thus march we,
playing, to our latest rest, Only we die in
earnestthat's no jest. Sir Walter Raleigh 'On the Life of Man'.
Antes que me hubiera apasionado por mujer alguna, jugue mi corazo
n al azar y me lo gano la violencia. Before I felt
passion for any woman, I gambled my heart and lost it to
violence. Jose Eustasio Rivera La vora gine, pt.1 (translated asTheVortex,1935).
L'homme est une passion inutile. Man is a useless
passion. Jean-Paul Sartre " 1943 L'Etre et le ne ant (Being and Nothingness,1957)
pt.4, ch.2, section 3
(translated by Hazel Barnes).
Nowadays a sales conference resembles a Passion play: everybody is
invited to participate and marvel at the drama. Charles,Jr Scribner In the Company ofWriters: A Life in Publishing.
If ever I do a mean action, it must be in some
interval betwixt one passion
and another. Laurence Sterne A SentimentalJourney,'Montriul'.
And you have only to look these happy couples in the face, to see they
have never been in love, or in hate, or in any other high
passion all their days. Robert Louis Stevenson Virginibus Puerisque,'Virginibus Puerisque', pt.1.
He will hold thee, when his passion shall have spent
its novel force, Something better
than his dog, a little dearer than his horse. Tennyson Poems,'Locksley Hall', l.49^50.
Yes,Iama fatal man,Madame Fribsbi.Toinspirehopeless passion is my
destiny. William Makepeace Thackeray ^50 Mirobolant. Pendennis, ch.23.
It is admitted that a novel can hardly be made interesting or successful
without love It is necessary because the passion is one
which interests or has interested all. Everyone feels it,
has felt it, or expects to feel it. Anthony Trollope Autobiography, ch.12.
Oh, theyarepolitic: they knowourdesireisincreased by
the difficulty of
enjoying, whereas satiety is a blunt, weary, and drowsy
passion. John Webster Of women.TheWhite Devil, act1, sc.1.