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Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.

He who has no passion has no principal or motive to act.
We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
It is the passions that do and undo everything.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
I don't think I can play any other way but all out. I enjoy the game so much because I'm putting so much into it.
Passion doesn't look beyond the moment of its existence.
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person. Are we not, for most of our lives, marking time? Most of our being is at rest, unlived. In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self. Passion is all that is other from self. Sex is only interesting when it releases passion. The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.
Do what you love. Know you own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
The person who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.
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.
I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.
Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.
Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.
Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.
He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.
If you would judge, understand.
Whatever is well said by another, is mine.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.
If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
The universe is wider than our views of it.
It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Love is full of anxious fears.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.
Don't think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.
Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.
Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.
Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor.
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
Wherever you go, you will always bear yourself about with you, and so you will always find yourself.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
Who can hope for nothing, should despair for nothing.
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
Though you are disappointed is hope; never let hope fail you! Though one door is shut, there are thousands still open to you.
Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
Hope is a good thing but not if you depend on it solely.
Our hopes are but memories reversed.
I've found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard new things: that is things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible.
Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope.
Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
Love makes everything that is heavy light.
My only hope lies in my despair.
Hope, the patent medicine for disease, disaster, sin.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
How much of human life is lost in waiting.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.
A friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us. The friend asks no return but that his friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other's hopes. They are kind to each other's dreams.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
The more experiments you make the better.
Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.
Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
We are constantly invited to be who we are.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.
I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.
You must get your living by loving, or at least half your life is a failure.
Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected.
Be not simply good; be good for something.
I would not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are the richest.
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
Of what significance are the things you can forget.
You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can.
We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.
We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described.
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.

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