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!
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
Passion persuades me one way, reason another. I see the better and approve it, but I follow the worse.Ovid, Metamorphoses, 7. 19-21.
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.1621Anatomy of Melancholy, pt.3, section 2, member1, subsection 2.
And this, monks, is the noble truth of the origination of dukkha: the craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by Passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., craving for sensual pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming.56.11 Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
For love is a flattering mischief, that hath denied aged and wise men a foresight of those evils that too often prove to be the children of that blind father; a Passion, that carries us to commit errors with as much ease as whirlwinds move feathers, and begets in us an unwearied industry to the attainment of what we desire.Izaak Walton
Nay, if there's room for poets in the world A little overgrown, (I think there is) Their sole work is to represent the age, Their age, not Charlemagne's, this live, throbbing age, That brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, aspires, And spends more Passion, more heroic heat, Betwixt the mirrors of its drawing-rooms, Than Roland with his knights, at Roncesvalles.Bk. V, l. 200-207.
Pornography reveals that male pleasure is inextricably tied to victimizing, hurting, exploiting; that sexual fun and sexual Passion in the privacy of the male imagination are inseparable from the brutality of male history. The private world of sexual dominance that men demand as their right and their freedom is the mirror image of the public world of sadism and atrocity that men consistently and self-righteously deplore. It is in the male experience of pleasure that one finds the meaning of male history.Andrea Dworkin
In fact a man in love or one consumed with hatred creates symbols for himself, as a superstitious man does, from a Passion of conferring uniqueness on things or persons. A man who knows nothing of symbols is one of Dante 's sluggards. This is why art mirrors itself in primitive rites or strong passions , seeking for symbols, revolving round the primitive taste for savagery, for what is irrational ( blood and sex ).cesare pavese
There is no Passion that steals into the heart more imperceptibly and covers itself under more disguises than pride.Joseph Addison, p. 484. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
I think the two things most opposed to good counsel are haste and Passion; haste usaully goes hand in hand with folly, Passion with coarseness and narrowness of mind.Book III, 3.42- (Speech of Diodotus...)