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
Men don't like to step abruptly out of the security of familiar experience; they need a bridge to cross from their own experience to a new way. A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a Passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate.saul alinsky
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
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.1766 Remark, Feb. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
Where Passion leads or prudence points the way.Robert Lowth, The Choice of Hercules, 1.
We assert then that nothing has been accomplished without interest on the part of the actors; and if interest be called Passion, inasmuch as the whole individuality, to the neglect of all other actual or possible interests and claims, is devoted to an object with every fibre of volition, concentrating all its desires and powers upon it we may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the World has been accomplished without Passion.georg wilhelm friedrich hegel
John traces his Passion for truth to the language of Jesus and his repeated use of the Hebrew phrase Amen, Amen, translated “truly”, “truly” or “verily”, “verily”. It is a formula familiar from the Dead Sea Scrolls.Bible, in Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, (Google eBook) (25 July 2013), p.21
Discover your divine assignment and you have no reason to retreat. Discover your Passion and you laugh in the face of defeat.Kirk Nugent, Pursue Your Passion, Public Speech YouTube video, 5:10/6:17 (2007).
It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their Passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.Carl Sagan (1994) Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space p. 159
Even so it was with me, when I was young: If we are nature’s, these are ours; this thorn Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong: Our blood to us, this to our blood is born; It is the show and seal of nature’s truth, Where love’s strong Passion is impress’d in youth: By our remembrances of days foregone, Such were our faults; or then we thought them none. Her eye is sick on’t: I observe her now.Countess of Rousillon, scene iii