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Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
In music the passions enjoy themselves.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
We are minor in everything but our passions.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it's realistic or not.
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.
We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
Marquis de Sade
I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.
All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
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