Best Quotes About Passion

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. -Edmund Burke

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him. -Simone Weil

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. -George Santayana

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. -Albert Schweitzer

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. -Francis of Assisi

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. -Oscar Wilde

Faith is a passionate intuition. -William Wordsworth

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. -Desmond Tutu

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them! -Albert Einstein

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. -Rita Mae Brown

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. -Bertrand Russell

What passions cannot music raise or quell? -John Dryden

If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. -Orson Welles

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk, and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live. -Moliere

Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible. -William Sloane Coffin

It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion. -Rebecca West

His passion has aroused the best and the beast in man. And the beast waited for him in the kitchen. -Theodore White

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature. -John Steinbeck

I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election. -Margaret Thatcher

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. -Paul Tillich

Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about. -Katharine Hepburn

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. -Abraham Joshua Heschel

I danced with passion to spite the music. -Gelsey Kirkland

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. -C. S. Lewis

The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance. -Bryan Q. Miller

The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease. -Marianne Moore

A tiny radish of passionate scarlet, tipped modestly in white. -Clementine Paddleford

Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want. -John Fowles

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. -Eric Hoffer

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. -Nadia Boulanger

Maybe you are the 'cool' generation If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool. -Robert E. Sherwood

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. -Aristotle

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time. -Edmund Burke

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. -Cyril Connolly

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions. -Angela Carter

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. -Carl Sandburg

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. -Franz Kafka

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. -G. M. Trevelyan

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp. -John Donne

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. -Jack Welch

The ruling passion, be it what it will. The ruling passion conquers reason still. -Alexander Pope

Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

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

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. -Dalai Lama

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted. -Ralph W. Sockman

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace. -Andre Gide

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. -Elizabeth Hardwick

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion. -Alexander Hamilton

Patience and time do more than strength or passion. -Jean de La Fontaine

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. -Ursula K. Le Guin

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. -Honore de Balzac

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. -Anthony de Mello

Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work… a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work. -Barbra Streisand

It's a family that's loaded with grudges and passion. We come from a long line of robbers and highwaymen in Italy, you know. Killers, even. -Nicolas Cage

Kissing – and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down. -Drew Barrymore

Man is only great when he acts from passion. -Benjamin Disraeli

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again. -Paula Cole

In music the passions enjoy themselves. -Friedrich Nietzsche

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God. -Anna Julia Cooper

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. -Rita Mae Brown

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. -Thomas Merton

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. -Benjamin Franklin

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. -Dalai Lama

The dew of compassion is a tear. -Lord Byron

It may take practice to think more positively and more compassionately, but just as you must train a puppy to behave the way you want it to, you must train your mind to behave itself. Otherwise, like the puppy, your mind will just make a lot of messes. -Tom Barrett

The passionate controversies of one era are viewed as sterile preoccupations by another, for knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find. -Freda Adler

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. -Albert Schweitzer

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women… no woman has excited passions among women more than I have. -Florence Nightingale

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. -Erma Bombeck

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. -Martha Graham

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose. -Bette Davis

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. -Honore de Balzac

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading. -Rufus Choate

Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. -James Joyce

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. -John Adams

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. -Frederick Buechner

It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election. -Margaret Thatcher

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. -Hubert H. Humphrey

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature – that's where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying. -Sue Grafton

The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the Government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves. -James K. Polk

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character. -George W. Bush

All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. -H. L. Mencken

If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual. -Robertson Davies

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. -Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. -Edmund Burke

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. -Albert Camus

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. -Oscar Wilde

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion. -Antisthenes

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I'm a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession. -Brooks Robinson

Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death. -Rollo May

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion. -Everett Dirksen

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. -Albert Schweitzer

If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children. -Roman Polanski

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion. -Jean-Luc Godard

Compassion is the basis of morality. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. -Claude Adrien Helvetius

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both. -Fawn M. Brodie

Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that. -Richard M. Nixon

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. -Simone de Beauvoir

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless. -Dorothy L. Sayers

We are minor in everything but our passions. -Elizabeth Bowen

All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. -W. H. Auden

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. -William Butler Yeats

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth. -William Butler Yeats

Chase your passion, not your pension. -Denis Waitley

With care, and skill, and cunning art, She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay, Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day! -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery – always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for? -Virginia Woolf

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures. -Thomas de Quincey

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation. -John Ruskin

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors. -Antoine Rivarol

Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad. -Joseph Roux

The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown. -Adrienne Rich

Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right. -Hillary Clinton

Live with passion! -Tony Robbins

Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate. -W. H. Auden

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object. -Joseph Addison

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water. -Maya Angelou

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. -Thomas Aquinas

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. -Umberto Eco

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. -Meister Eckhart

Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them. -James M. Barrie

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. -Edmund Burke

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else. -Charles Baudelaire

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s. -William Blake

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion. -Thomas Browne

As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason. -Thomas Browne

Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people. -Lord Byron

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. -Lord Byron

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being. -Edward Gibbon

Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The passions are the only orators which always persuade. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation. -Jean de la Bruyere

In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents. -Walter Lippmann

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

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. -Soren Kierkegaard

Animals often strike us as passionate machines. -Eric Hoffer

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. -Eric Hoffer

There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive. -Eric Hoffer

Subdue your passion or it will subdue you. -Horace

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known. -Hubert H. Humphrey

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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. -Aldous Huxley

You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas. -Alexander Herzen

The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon. -Howard Dean

The passion for destruction is also a creative passion. -Mikhail Bakunin

Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never. -Alphonse de Lamartine

Compassion is no substitute for justice. -Rush Limbaugh

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

To attempt the destruction of our passions is the height of folly. What a noble aim is that of the zealot who tortures himself like a madman in order to desire nothing, love nothing, feel nothing, and who, if he succeeded, would end up a complete monster! -Denis Diderot

Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things. -Denis Diderot

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness. -Denis Diderot

I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate. -Marguerite Duras

Few people have ever seriously wished to be exclusively rational. The good life which most desire is a life warmed by passions and touched with that ceremonial grace which is impossible without some affectionate loyalty to traditional form and ceremonies. -Joseph Wood Krutch

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one. -Marquis de Sade

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

Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes. -Marquis de Sade

The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. -George Santayana

In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future. -Stendhal

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason. -Laurence Sterne

Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions. -Laurence Sterne

The love of the famous, like all strong passions, is quite abstract. Its intensity can be measured mathematically, and it is independent of persons. -Susan Sontag

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true. -Leonard Cohen

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. -Norman Cousins

The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude. -Albert Camus

When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws. -Nicolas Chamfort

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate. -Nicolas Chamfort

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook. -Joseph Conrad

Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will. -William Cowper

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character. -Alfred Jarry

He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain. -Douglas William Jerrold

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. -Thomas Jefferson

The passions of the young are vices in the old. -Joseph Joubert

The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty. -Samuel Johnson

There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion. -Montesquieu

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive. -Bernard de Mandeville

No habit or quality is more easily acquired than hypocrisy, nor any thing sooner learned than to deny the sentiments of our hearts and the principle we act from: but the seeds of every passion are innate to us, and nobody comes into the world without them. -Bernard de Mandeville

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. -Andre Maurois

There is no passion so contagious as that of fear. -Michel de Montaigne

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference. -Iris Murdoch

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward. -William Bennett

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with. -Myriam Miedzian

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art. -Paul Theroux

Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within. -Ralph Cudworth

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget. -William Osler

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 Powell

Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care. -Blaise Pascal

No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim. -Boris Pasternak

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. -Edgar Allan Poe

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after. -Alexander Pope

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale. -Alexander Pope

Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion. -Pythagoras

There is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel. -Joe Klein

It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art. -Henry James

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos. -Milan Kundera

The mission of the playwright is to look in his heart and write, to write whatever concerns him at the moment; to write with passion and conviction. Of course the measure of the man will be the measure of the play. -Robert Anderson

Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains. -Coco Chanel

Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged. -Samuel Johnson

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. -Eleanor Roosevelt

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. -John Milton

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom. -Alan Keyes

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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. -Bill Cosby

The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell. -Adrienne Rich

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. -Henri Frederic Amiel

The law is reason, free from passion. -Aristotle

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism. -George Eliot

Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms. -Lord Byron

Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love. -Lord Byron

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action – the ability to pass directly from thought to action. -Eric Hoffer

I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought. -Alexander Herzen

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust. -Marquis de Sade

We are never like angels till our passion dies. -John Denham

A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness. -Mahatma Gandhi

Love is only one of many passions. -Samuel Johnson

Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. -Julia Child

I was born in Europe… and I've traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, that is more compassionate, more generous, more accepting, and more welcoming than the United States of America. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

I respect people who feel things passionately. I do. But when someone is a judge, that is not what they should bring to the bench. It is not really passion, except in rare instances, that serves the bench well. It is, rather, an ability to understand the law and follow it. -Chuck Schumer

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous. -Zhuangzi

Our understanding of the world around us is constantly being redefined and expanded, and so therefore, it is wiser to be passionate about seeking for truth than knowing it. -Bryant H. McGill

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation – through compassion and courage – about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice. -Mark Pryor

Our highly qualified teachers not only work hard, but they care about each and every student that enters their classroom. I thank you, Montana teachers, for your sense of duty and compassion to our precious future generation. -Conrad Burns

Since its inception, our Nation has stood on the foundations of compassion and justice. -Mike DeWine

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else. -Alphonse Karr

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. -Annie Besant

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft. -H. G. Wells

Make no judgements where you have no compassion. -Anne McCaffrey

The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind. -Li Ka-shing

I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time. What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. 'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.' That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that. -Tom Cruise

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. -Albert Einstein

When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection. -Debra Messing

I'm proud of Lord of the Rings. I think it's a once in a lifetime role, and a once in a lifetime film. It was made with so much care and passion and meticulous detail and everybody was so behind it. -Sean Bean

I have had so many great moments, but I would have to say that dancing the Swan in 'Swan Lake' was such a unique and passionate experience for me. It was such bloody hard work, even at that very early age, that I would not want to try to replicate it again now. -William Kempe

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos. -Francis Ford Coppola

Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated. -Brad Henry

What unites Oklahomans today is what has always united us: Our unshakable faith. Our love of family and compassion for others. The unlimited promise of a hopeful future. -Brad Henry

So I come before you with a budget that is honest in its discussion of our challenges, creative in its possible solutions, compassionate in its commitment to our most vulnerable, and balanced on the bottom line. -James H. Douglas, Jr.

The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire. -Rick Santorum

My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service. -Sonny Perdue

Compassion is a two way street. -Frank Capra

Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. -Phil Jackson

Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace. -U Thant

Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits. -Paul Eldridge

The only burning passion I'm sure I have, is the passion for sex. -Robert Crumb

People get passionate about a song. It's been my experience if you put out radio candy, something commercial, it doesn't sell records. -Trace Adkins

Infinitely more important than sharing one's material wealth is sharing the wealth of ourselves – our time and energy, our passion and commitment, and, above all, our love. -William E. Simon

Men who care passionately for women attach themselves at least as much to the temple and to the accessories of the cult as to their goddess herself. -Marguerite Yourcenar

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Righteous is the one who was able to demonstrate compassion in face of human suffering. -Aleksander Kwasniewski

We need to be more careful, but more compassionate. We must strike, not deal with terrorists, but to broaden our understanding of the world outside our borders. -Ricardo Lagos

Compassion is not a popular virtue. -Karen Armstrong

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth. -Abraham Maslow

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it – that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it. -Alain de Botton

But my experience is that people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion. -Amy Grant

I find myself enjoying a deeper love than I ever imagined was possible in the form of my daughter and certainly in the union with my wife. It makes everything else, including work, which is one of the things I'm most passionate about, pale by comparison. -Benjamin Bratt

I love snowboarding, but I would never want to do it competitively or at a professional level. Snowboarding is a spawn of skating, and skating is my passion. -Tony Hawk

We are people with all the hopes, dreams, passions, and faults of everyone else. Eighty percent of us are born into families with no history of dwarfism. -Billy Barty

There is a passion for perfection which you will rarely see fully developed; but you may note this fact, that in successful lives it is never wholly lacking. -Bliss Carman

You need to eat normally and healthfully, and you need to exercise. I'm so passionate about this because I think people spend their lives not happy in their bodies. -Courtney Thorne-Smith

The worst thing is to get involved with people who aren't passionate about what they're doing. -Willem Dafoe

Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. -Bernard Baruch

The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. -Czeslaw Milosz

I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion. -Barry Williams

I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around. -Boris Johnson

Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion. -Charles Colson

Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case. -John Rawls

The movies I like to make are very rich and full of passion. Some people see me as an action director, but action is not the only thing in my movies. I always like to show human nature – something deep inside the heart. -John Woo

This was Shakespeare's form; who walked in every path of human life, felt every passion; and to all mankind doth now, will ever, that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire. -Mark Akenside

Revolutions are the produce of passion, not of sober and tranquil reason. -William Godwin

For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? -bell hooks

What I have to do now is figure where my passion is, and follow my heart; I've proven that if I have the passion for something then I can succeed. I haven't been listening to my heart in the last little while. -Clara Hughes

Since I'm a mother and a wife, I have to have passion or the frustration would win out. But I love managing people. The product is second to managing the people. And marketing to consumers is so challenging because it is evolving constantly. -Andrea Jung

I'd heard a lot of Asian people were rooting for me, but I had no idea. I was stunned. They were… impassioned, especially compared to Japan. I couldn't even have anticipated that kind of welcome. -Ayumi Hamasaki

I think that passion and love and pain are all bearable, and they go to make love beautiful. -Robert Plant

My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker. -Robert Wise

I like giving people something they don't want to miss the next time. It's a show with little twists and turns and curves. It has me being silly and stupid and compassionate and completely deep. -John Mayer

When you're making pictures out of heartfelt passion, it hurts when someone calls them a calculated business move. -Michael Douglas

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. -D. H. Lawrence

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art – or almost the only stuff. -D. H. Lawrence

This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten. -D. H. Lawrence

It seems that the small movies are a little more risky and cutting-edge. You've got your big commerce and you've got your small films that you're more passionate about. -Robert Patrick

I realized a while back that I have an innate ability to be compassionate, and I saw that the strength of compassion is something that healers have and healers use.' -Ricky Williams

My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education. -John H. Johnson

Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall. -Saint Patrick

Pursuing your passion is fulfilling and leads to financial freedom. -Robert G. Allen

Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression. -Henry Home

We obviously need more love in the world. And we obviously need more compassion and understanding. Our leaders need to really address these issues properly now. -Dave Davies

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists. -H. Allen Smith

We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology. -Ron Reagan

I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion. -Ron Reagan

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what's in a name? -Helen Hunt Jackson

This battle for 'common-sense' gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, 'gun control' legislation. Good news – if you're a crook. -Larry Elder

It's better for me to go up against someone's passion with my passion and then clarifying something that he wrote. Then I know how to work around certain things. -Penny Marshall

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. -Thomas Aquinas

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world. -Francis Schaeffer

Vice: Whatever was passion in the contemplation of man, being brought forth by his will into action. -James Harrington

Compassion is contempt with a human face. -John McCarthy

Inspiring passion in family and friends has more enduring value than just staying alive for them. -Alex Lowe

As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values. -Edward Levi

Vices are often habits rather than passions. -Antoine Rivarol

Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion. -D. H. Lawrence

You desire that which exceeds my humble powers, but I trust in the compassion and mercy of the All-powerful God. -Saint Stephen

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last. -William Samuel Johnson

Keep fighting for animals by making compassionate, cruelty-free choices every day and encouraging those around you to do the same. -Bea Arthur

PETA has a proven track record of success. Each victory PETA wins for the animals is a stepping stone upon which we build a more compassionate world for all beings – and we will never give up our fight until all animals are treated with respect and kindness. -Bea Arthur

I was a single mom that raised two bright, beautiful, and compassionate girls. -Connie Stevens

Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. 'Cause that's all that matters in the end. -Kris Kristofferson

One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion. -Max Weber

I think I have a passion for playing the game. I love to play, and I want to play at a high level. You have to do the right things in order to continue at that level. -Dan Marino

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition. -E. O. Wilson

I think it's imperative to follow your heart and choose a profession you're passionate about, and if you haven't found that 'spark' yet, if you're not sure what you want to do with your lives – be persistent until you do. -Steve Kerr

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So calm are we when passions are no more! -Edmund Waller

If it's supposed to be a really passionate snog, you slip the tongue in. -Jennifer Ellison

Those who are compassionate when they should be tough will be tough when they should be compassionate. -Dennis Prager

Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy. -Giovanni Boccaccio

The part of me which wanders through my mind and never sees or feels actual objects, but which lives in and moves through my passions and my emotions, experiences this world as a horrible nightmare. -Jack Henry Abbott

A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means. -Henry Hazlitt

I think one of the best words in the English language is 'compassion.' I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care… and if everybody just did something. We all make a difference. -Michael Crawford

I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry… just make me feel alive. -Joey Lauren Adams

The fact that the Prophet cared for every human being and tried his best to ensure their security in the hereafter must be the most telling of his compassionate and merciful characteristics. -Cat Stevens

The spiritual quest was always the predominant aspect of my life. It's always been there. But there's also an incredible passion connected to it; it's not just a dry investigative process. I have been extremely emotional about it, and that comes out in the songs. -Cat Stevens

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. -Claude Debussy

Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate. -Jon Bon Jovi

If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion. -Mia Hamm

Only I discern Infinite passion, and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn. -Robert Browning

We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies. -Thomas Dekker

I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial. -Patricia Highsmith

Large parties given to very young children… foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child. -Susanna Moodie

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. -E. O. Wilson

Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions. -Nikolai Gogol

The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music. -Stendhal

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms. -Giacomo Casanova

A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. -Emma Orczy

But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can't explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me. -John Fahey

It could be my British need for discipline that makes me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion. -Steve Winwood

Technology has been, and always will be, my one true passion professionally. -John McKinley

I learned more complex ways to manipulate the manipulators, to bring attention to issues about which I felt passionate. -Joey Skaggs

However, I was a restaurant critic at Chicago magazine before I worked at Esquire, and I've been a really enthusiastic home cook for a long time. It's just something I'm passionate about. -Ted Allen

At my age the only problem is with remembering names. When I call everyone darling, it has damn all to do with passionately adoring them, but I know I'm safe calling them that. Although, of course, I adore them too. -Richard Attenborough

I think I infuse the music with a new passion. Part of this is because I have fallen in love: I am in love with the New York Philharmonic. The chemistry has just been right. Beyond expectation. -Lorin Maazel

When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them. -Ramakrishna

Skating everywhere is unpredictable, no amount of money or facilities is going to create a skating star. You have to have a skater who is dedicated, passionate, and willing to learn. -Robin Cousins

You can say I give you this information as a dispassionate observer. -Bill Goldberg

To be reserved, secretive, with a passionate violence that causes suffering. -Gwen John

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about. -Dirk Benedict

I can appreciate anybody's passion for anything. -Kristanna Loken

In fact, in more cases than not, when we are rational, we're actually unhappy. Emotion is good; passion is good. Being into what we're into, provided that it's a healthy pursuit, it's a good thing. -Frank Luntz

We decide based on how people look; we decide based on how people sound; we decide based on how people are dressed. We decide based on their passion. -Frank Luntz

I have seen how effective language attached to policies that are mainstream and delivered by people who are passionate and effective can change the course of history. -Frank Luntz

The passion of the Italian or the Italian-American population is endless for food and lore and everything about it. -Mario Batali

Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another. -Jim Dine

Indeed in the full flush of journalistic passion and conviction I once told an interviewer that of course I would never get married. And I most definitely would never have children. -Christiane Amanpour

I was planning, I told everybody, to take him on the road with me. At the very least I fully expected to keep up my hectic pace, and my passion as a war correspondent. -Christiane Amanpour

Men wholly bent on wordly treasures were the dupes of their own passions, rather than deceived by the writings or pretenses of those who claimed to be Alchemists. -Ethan A. Hitchcock

I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport – and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested. -Fernando Alonso

My motivation for running for Senate was not for the stature of being a senator, but because I wanted to make a difference on issues I feel passionate about. -Herman Cain

You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born. -Raymond E. Feist

I'm a huge fan of Cabernet and Bordeaux, and am passionate about Pinot Noir and Burgundies. -Raymond E. Feist

It's often difficult for us to act compassionately, but sacred art eases the difficulty by ennobling us. -Huston Smith

I will know how to hold you just by the look in your eye, I will never forget – not even on the day that I die. This is a promise of my passion for you, smile at me and make it true. -Diana Lynn

Just having hope ain't going to cut it. You've got to have hope, passion and skills. -Tim Reid

I think it's safe to say that each of us has at least one issue we are passionate about and struggle with, issues that robs us of our peace, our joy and our ability to experience love. -Lindsay Wagner

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you. -Martin Yan

A lot of people don't enjoy their job, they may even hate it, but I am lucky enough to be able to make a living through my passion. -Martin Yan

My reading is always about musical biographies. I have an innate interest and passion for that. -Nina Blackwood

If you're passionate about your work, it makes the people around you want to be involved too. -Wanda Sykes

If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it. -Wanda Sykes

I think you do better when you are really up for it, cause passion goes up. -Jim Capaldi

I'm a compassionate conservative. -John Engler

The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest. -Jose Marti

I was born and trained to communicate music, just as the sons were born and trained to hunt, and I was lucky to have grown up in Hungary, a country that lives and breathes music-that has a passionate belief in the power of music as a celebration of life. -Georg Solti

Writing is a passion I have never understood, yet a storyteller is all I have ever wanted to be. -Ruth Park

Like anything, you don't force kids to cook. It just becomes part of life – have them be around it, keep them informed – talk about it. I try to relay my passion for it in these ways. The second you try to force anything on your own kid, they rebel. -Todd English

Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home. -Shelby Foote

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we – architects – can effect the quality of life of the people. -Richard Rogers

We believe very passionately that an international approach is necessary to achieve some of these goals. -Bob Menendez

I still have a passion for the music, which is such a beautiful thing. I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a dream and have a melody in my head, and run to my piano. -Teena Marie

As long as there are musicians who have a passion for spontaneity, for creating something that's never been before, the art form of jazz will flourish. -Charlie Haden

Seven years is a long time, and he was there for me, when my mum died. He was very compassionate at that time. I couldn't have found anyone better in that situation. -Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

When I was younger, I was in love with everything about the British Isles, from British folklore to Celtic music. That was always where my passions were as a young girl, and so I studied folklore as a college student in England and Ireland. -Terri Windling

Robert Jordan, whether he's writing with passion or not, I don't know. -Terri Windling

But the wicked passions of men's hearts alone seem strong enough to leave pictures that persist; the good are ever too luke-warm. -Algernon Blackwood

No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion. -Christopher Dawson

If you invent the Mini Cooper, pour all your energy and passion into it and it gets made, you should be on a roll. In the film industry you have to start again the next day. -Estelle Morris

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct. -Muhammad Iqbal

Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections… nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect. -Algernon Sidney

Now here I am playing a passionate young Irishman who would die for what he believes in. -James D'arcy

I went further and further back through the centuries to get a sense of perspective but now at least I understand why Irish history evokes such strong passions and emotions. -James D'arcy

Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile. -Henry Adams

I did help to set up an undergraduate course in medicinal chemistry and made progress in modelling and analysing pharmacological activity at the tissue level, my new passion. -James Black

Competition is such a virtue, and everybody's so busy competing, they have no time for compassion. -Major Owens

I have a garden, and I'm passionately interested in young people. -Mary Wesley

If you have real passion for a career in game shows, be willing to serve an apprenticeship; it's the best way to learn. -Randy West

The super power that I would choose would be compassion. Because that's what I think it takes to make it through life-an understanding, a give and take. It saves an awful lot of resentment. -Craig T. Nelson

When there's that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier. -Craig T. Nelson

For, quite literally, the whole world today is looking for us to take the lead in carrying out those obligations imposed on the American people as a whole by the beautiful, compassionate and courageous principle of noblesse oblige. -Robert W. Welch, Jr.

In the earliest days, this was a project I worked on with great passion because I wanted to solve the Defense Department's problem: it did not want proprietary networking and it didn't want to be confined to a single network technology. -Vint Cerf

More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding. -Paul D. Boyer

It's great when you have people who will speak passionately and honestly about what they are doing. -Samantha Bee

We are a Nation of peace and compassion, yet these people have and will devote every fiber of their beings to the destruction of Americans and our Country. -Charles Bass

Orwell was the sort of man who was full of grievances. He was very loyal. Once he got to know you, he was extremely loyal. He hated passionately and irrationally. -George Woodcock

You have to take strength from the people that love you and the people that love Barbara and the huge number of expressions of sympathy and compassion and support. That has been extremely moving. -Ted Olson

They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries. -Patricia Ireland

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia. -Lynn Abbey

If you've been playing for a few years, especially in a group context, you'll see if you have the ability or the passion to want to carry on. It's something that you have to be dedicated to and you've got to love, no matter what happens. -Mick Taylor

You shouldn't even be writing this story if you haven't heard me play live. You can't write with the passion you receive until you see a Dick Dale concert. -Dick Dale

I think that maybe that's my weakness, in that I don't know how to do it, so I just do what I do and try to do it as passionately and as well as I can. -Aaron Eckhart

What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch? -Lara St. John

Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy. -Blythe Danner

As you get older, you realize it's work. It's that fine line between love and companionship. But passionate love? I'd love to know how to make that last. -Tracey Ullman

I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education. -David Rockefeller

I imagine my children are going to save me from my vanity and be my passion and fill whatever fears I have of the amazing time I'm having right now being gone. -Gwen Stefani

I think there's a passion for God like never before. -Michael W. Smith

I have maintained a passionate interest in education, which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools. -Philip Pullman

This is the point being missed by readers who lament Liquor's lack of hot sex scenes, probably because they aren't old enough to understand that a passionate relationship could be about anything other than sex. -Poppy Z. Brite

I think he had a strange, passionate devotion to the truth and a horror at what he saw going on. -Ben Bradlee

When you're a girl, passion can dominate the equation, but as you grow up relationships evolve. Mad passion can grab you at first, but it can't last forever. -Jody Watley

In this case they're doctors. But having passion for your work and to take risks in order to better human kind. That's a pretty big theme. It's pretty inspiring. -Mary Stuart Masterson

The assumption is that the right kind of society is an organic being not merely analogous to an organic being, but actually a living structure with appetites and digestions, instincts and passions, intelligence and reason. -Herbert Read

If I had not passed through trial – through passion, one could say – through these years so painful and so rich, I don't believe I could take on my life and my career as I do today. -Isabelle Adjani

I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America you have to know about the Civil War. -Ken Burns

Whatever you have a passion for, then you must do. If you want to write, write about something you know about. -Jackie Collins

The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion. -Christopher Darden

Do what you're passionate about. -Lacey Chabert

I am a wanderer passionately in love with life. -Aleksandr Kuprin

Great passions, my dear, don't exist: they're liars fantasies. What do exist are little loves that may last for a short or a longer while. -Anna Magnani

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion. -Bodhidharma

I've always been passionate about geometry and the study of three-dimensional forms. -Erno Rubik

Very few men imprisoned for economic crimes or even crimes of passion against the oppressor feel that they are really guilty. -George Jackson

The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. -Jim Ramstad

The West German population would protest passionately if it knew what secret meetings between the federal chancellor, McCoy, and foreign and Nazi generals are planning. -Walter Ulbricht

People who passionately want to believe that the world is basically simple react to this with a fury that goes beyond what I consider appropriate for discussing a programming language. -Bjarne Stroustrup

It's not getting any better, is it? I don't want my 19-year-old boy going into the army. I love these little kids. They understand how passionate I am. -Burt Bacharach

Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men. -David O. McKay

In my experience, men are not necessarily less sensitive or compassionate than women are, and women are not necessarily any less aggressive or competitive than men are – as a matter of fact, often they are more so! -Andrew Cohen

I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along. I don't believe in anything. I'd seen mediums and readers. -Harold Ramis

My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father. -Hugh Leonard

We were married for almost 45 years. We fought all the time, it wasn't a great love or anything, it wasn't a great, all-consuming passion. She was just there. A lot of people were startled because we didn't seem devoted but we were. -Hugh Leonard

After doing psychology for half a century, my passion for all of it is greater than ever. -Philip Zimbardo

Jessica Lange in Frances… was dramatic and passionate and one of the strongest performances I've seen a woman do. -Sherilyn Fenn

I'm very glad to have something to be passionate about. I can't imagine a life without passion. -Sylvia Kristel

I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life. -Richard Attenborough

I'm a passionate trade unionist. -Richard Attenborough

Travellers, like poets, are mostly an angry race: by falling into a daily fit of passion, I proved to the governor and his son, who were profuse in their attentions, that I was in earnest. -Richard Francis Burton

I don't think, there's no possible way for me, anyway, to play a character that I haven't found some sort of sublime compassion for and I related to Deborah on a way that almost, initially, almost in a way maybe someone in the audience might. -Tea Leoni

Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all. -Theodore Sturgeon

I do not believe the American people are going to confuse hatred for passion. -Ed Gillespie

People like passion in politics. -Ed Gillespie

You cannot watch yourself dispassionately. -Charlotte Rampling

I look for people who're passionate, dedicated to the text, and in whom I trust completely. -Greta Scacchi

And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think. -Jose Mourinho

I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn't have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world. -Dorothy Hamill

I do like to work with young directors because it's such a difficult business that I think after directors have been around a while sometimes, not always, but sometimes their passion gets siphoned off because they get hurt. -Ellen Burstyn

I had too many big passions in life and it gets in the way of work. You can't concentrate properly on the one thing. -Omar Sharif

I can't say I gave up totally my passion for women but almost. -Omar Sharif

I didn't want to be a slave to any passion anymore. I gave up card playing altogether, even bridge and gambling – more or less. It took me a few years to get out of it. -Omar Sharif

I never take on anything that is just for the money or just for, you know. I always have to connect with it in a very personal way because I believe the audience will sense whether I'm into it or not, so I don't take on projects that I'm not really passionate about. -Deborah Cox

I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people. -Jim Wallis

Today my passion is still black and white. Today if I have an array of cameras in front of me the one I would reach for that I would feel most comfortable with would be a 4 X 5 View camera. I was once working in a sort of soft light situation. -John Sexton

You need the words, you need the script, you need the material, you need the commitment, you need the passion, it's like we depend on writers, we depend on producers, directors depend on us and once things are in the divine order as they happen. -Nia Long

I've known Jan, probably, very well for, well, for over a decade. And the passion that Jan just showed the viewers in that particular piece is very real. -Rex Hunt

I danced for 15 years of my life. Which was my love and my passion. -Heidi Klum

From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else. -John Philip Sousa

You have to lead people to get excited and be passionate and be activated by what you do. -Taylor Hanson

The reason my voice is sounding more passionate is because I'm singing directly from the heart. -Sammy Hagar

Follow your passion. -Joel Siegel

In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

We must not let our passions destroy our dreams. -Thomas S. Monson

Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America. -Henry Cabot Lodge

My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife. -Steve Irwin

Since I was a boy, from this house, I was out rescuing crocodiles and snakes. My mum and dad were very passionate about that and, I was lucky enough to go along. -Steve Irwin

I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message. -Steve Irwin

When I say manage emotions, I only mean the really distressing, incapacitating emotions. Feeling emotions is what makes life rich. You need your passions. -Daniel Goleman

But quite honestly I can't help being a passionate football supporter. If that's my sin, I'm guilty. -Delia Smith

The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live. -Morrie Schwartz

I also had a tremendous passion for art and read a lot. -Nigel Dennis

So, when the discussion about not using the term feminist came up at a conference workshop, I couldn't believe it. The more I listened, the more I felt the need to express my passion about my identity as a feminist. -Betty Buckley

It must have been so impossible to think about it and dare to do that, so they feel compassionate for her. I don't think the movie would work otherwise. -Diane Kruger

In every man there is an instinctive and passionate reaction if his person or liberty is attacked. -Arthur Keith

And although I like to relax and have fun, my passion is my work. -Benjamin Cohen

This is my first visit to Africa, a region where President Bush has voiced a deep passion for fostering and encouraging economic development, investment and trade. -Donald Evans

Anything is possible as long as you have the passion. -Guy Forget

No matter how fast I could do it with the digital camera I don't think I would get the same thing out of it. The passion I have for formulating an idea stands alone. It is the important essence of what I do. -Kim Weston

What I had to prove was that I had a dedication and a desire and a passion to do the work and everything else would fall in place because I have a vision that I want to portray and it did and I do it. I don't sell anything. -Kim Weston

In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times. -Michael C. Burgess

I am convinced that this approach, a mainstream Democratic approach, commands the strong support of the American people, and presents a sharp and compassionate contrast to the Republican abortion position which offers no real hope or commitment to mother or child. -Robert Casey

We're also passionate about music and very critical about the music that we listen to. -Will Champion

I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project. -Lasse Hallstrom

My father would tell anyone who would listen that this dentist thing he was doing was not his passion; cinematography was. -Lasse Hallstrom

Until very recently men and women inhabited very separate spheres. There was always interconnection, passion, love. But men and women didn't hang out at the end of the day and chat about what their day was like at the office. -Anita Diament

The true God He has extension, and form, and dimensions. He occupies space; has a body, parts, and passions; can go from place to place. He can eat, drink, and talk. -Orson Pratt

I never wanted to dilute my private passion for the art by airing and arguing it in public. -James Broughton

Public emergencies may require the hand of severity to fall heavily on those who are not personally guilty, but compassion prompts, and ever urges to milder methods. -Mercy Otis Warren

Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn't give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one. -Mike Krzyzewski

I admire bull riders for their passion and the uniqueness each one of them has. -Chris LeDoux

Many of those who once were so passionately in love with Christ now run about pursuing their own interests. They're burdened down with stress and problems, chasing after riches and the things of this world. -David Wilkerson

America is a giving nation and very compassionate. -David Wilkerson

And the fifteenth century was an impassioned age, so ardent and serious in its pursuit of art that it consecrated everything with which art had to ad as a religious object. -Walter Pater

Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening. -Walter Pater

One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. -Walter Pater

Great passions may give us a quickened sense of life, ecstasy and sorrow of love, the various forms of enthusiastic activity, disinterested or otherwise, which comes naturally to many of us. -Walter Pater

So I was always passionate about it and felt that it was sort of the golden thread inside me in terms of what I was supposed to do in terms of work but I think I have relaxed a lot in terms of the actual experience and actually enjoy it more and enjoy the people more. -Barbara Hershey

All too often, academic departments defend their territory with the passion of cornered animals, though with far less justification. -Bruce Jackson

The president is being denounced for not taking the kind of pre-emptive action in Afghanistan that he has been so passionately denounced for taking in Iraq. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. -Ferdinand Mount

When it began I wrote this passionate letter to people I knew, studio members, of course, and other people with whom we have worked over the years and I said come and teach our students. -James Lipton

I think anybody over 30 plays parents because it happens in your thirties and so that's kind of a natural progression. But I'm definitely drawn to it. It's probably the most intense, passionate thing that happens to you as you get older. -Jodie Foster

The best reason to make a film is that you feel passionately about it. -Jodie Foster

No, you're not allowed to be bossy when you're married. You have to learn compromise, and compassion and patience. -Star Jones

Maybe if Graziano make another work or another sport I wouldn't have had this passion to be a rider. -Valentino Rossi

I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment. -Gustav Mahler

Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions. -Layne Staley

I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex. -Thom Gunn

I am an actress and acting is my passion… period! -Christine Lahti

A studio recording is perfection, but emotion and passion come only when you turn on the machine and go for the groove. If you do that with no mistakes, it sounds beautiful. -Chuck Mangione

If you have only one passion in life – football – and you pursue it to the exclusion of everything else, it becomes very dangerous. When you stop doing this activity it is as though you are dying. The death of that activity is a death in itself. -Eric Cantona

I have this massive love for the whole culture of pop music. It's my fascination, my ongoing passion. -Siobhan Fahey

If you have this passion for music, you don't stop doing it – it chooses you and doesn't release you. -Tina Weymouth

I am full of fire and passion. I am not ready yet for great concentration and passion. -Zane Grey

I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family. -Theodore Bikel

I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings. -Theodore Bikel

Thankfully, it became clear to me that when I compete, I lose my connection to the passion I have for my work. -Olympia Dukakis

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion; it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can. -Lafcadio Hearn

I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry. -Lafcadio Hearn

We have to set our own agenda, we have to set our own standards, we have to be very strong about what we want, we have to be very strong about our passion and if it's not right for you, you shouldn't do it just because you're advised by so-called geniuses. -Jackie DeShannon

People in independent film have a passion; they're not in it for the money. -Gena Rowlands

I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time. -David Bowie

These are the sort of things that push you on in music – the curiosity, a passion for new ideas. -Elvis Costello

Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice. -Gary Oldman

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman

More and more the world is growing to love a lover, and one has only to read the newspapers to see how sympathetic are the times to any generous and adventurous display of the passions. -Richard Le Gallienne

I'm just passionately in love with my kids. -Sheena Easton

One guy that I wish was here right now, Ted Williams, helped me so much, our long talks, not about hitting but about fishing, one of Ted's passions, and I wish he was here today to share this with me because I owe so much to Ted Williams. -Wade Boggs

I miss animation very passionately. Not continuously, but every once in a while I would die to do another film. -Ralph Bakshi

I sort of feel sorry for the next man who gets me. I may just kill him with passion. He'd better be strong and have a good heart! -Kirstie Alley

You need great passion, because everything you do with great pleasure, you do well. -Juan Manuel Fangio

Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique. -Hattie McDaniel

The Browning love story? It is an ideal, all too rare, and yet I hardly think it strange. It would have been far stranger had the fates allowed those two brilliant passionate souls to beat themselves out in silence. -Marie Corelli

Ardent love or desire introduced, as passionately longing to please and glorify the Divine Being, to be in every respect conformed to him, and in that way to enjoy him. -David Brainerd

We must recognize the fact that many Nazis, Marxists and Fascists believe passionately in their fundamental rightness, and allow nothing to hinder them from their goal in the pursuit of their mission. -Dorothy Day

Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion. -Giacomo Casanova

Patience is passion tamed. -Lyman Abbott

I had, early in life, a love for staging, but it is fast dying out. Nine hours over a rough road are enough to root out the most passionate love of that kind. -Maria Mitchell

And I was desolate and sick of an old passion. -Ernest Dowson

From my earliest days I had a passion for science. -Joseph Rotblat

I've made a connection with the television audience by being a proud Latino man. I am passionate for what I do, courageous in the face of peril, honest and straightforward. -Geraldo Rivera

This is the year of Katrina and Iraq. How the war ends is more important than how it began. However you feel about the war, you have to be compassionate and loving towards our troops. -Geraldo Rivera

To see those babies with no food for three of four days, old people sitting in the hot sun, when you see these poor people, you cannot help but being compassionate or affected. -Geraldo Rivera

With years of experience doing whatever it takes to get to the bottom of each story, I am looking forward to covering the stories in the human dimension and impart the passion and visceral reactions the audience seeks. -Geraldo Rivera

You can fake your age or mask it, but the passion that moves the characters has to be real. -Victoria Abril

It is hard to know how many people do, but given that the people are so docile towards the rulers, nowadays, very few Americans show the passion for freedom that our forefathers had. -James Bovard

I'm passionate about everything, like my family and friends. Anybody I am talkin' to is gonna be bona fide real. There is no substitution for happiness. Period. -Suge Knight

The only thing I feel passionate about is my wife. -Donald Sutherland

I'm a very passionate believer in the unity of knowledge. There is one world of reality – one world of our experience that we're seeking to describe. -John Polkinghorne

My passion for the game comes from the city of Marseille itself. Unfortunately I can't go back there as much I want to because I play a lot here and abroad. -Zinedine Zidane

But I think Steve's main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He's a perfectionist. Good enough isn't good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great. -Andy Hertzfeld

During the session of the Supreme Court, in the village of -, about three weeks ago, when a number of people were collected in the principal street of the village, I observed a young man riding up and down the street, as I supposed, in a violent passion. -Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

But the Spain which emerged around 1960, beginning with its economic miracle, created by the invasion of tourists, can no longer result in impassioned dedication on the part of its intellectuals, and even less on the part of foreign intellectuals. -Juan Goytisolo

With Whitney she has such a unique sound and powerful instrument that she made those songs her own. She might as well have written them because she brought such a power and passion to them that were very unique. She has a great gift. -Justin Guarini

The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation. -Steven Cojocaru

Why does God endow us with compassion? -Franz Schubert

Traveling is the only passion that doesn't need to feel shy in front of intellect. -Lennart Meri

Prejudice and passion and suspicion are more dangerous than the incitement of self-interest or the most stubborn adherence to real differences of opinion regarding rights. -Elihu Root

And in a way, that's been a help to me, because I take great passions for a particular poet – sometimes it lasts for many years, sometimes only for a while. This happens to everybody. -Norman MacCaig

And as a child I was filled with passionate admiration for acts of civic courage I had seen performed by an elderly military doctor, who was a friend of my family. -Rene Cassin

In less than eighteen months, it prepared a first draft which it submitted to the General Assembly and which, at the end of one hundred sessions of elevated, often impassioned discussion, was adopted in the form of thirty articles on December 10, 1948. -Rene Cassin

I need to be surrounded by people as passionate and as dedicated as I am. -Lauryn Hill

The music itself could never take the place of my own passion in life. -Luciano Pavarotti

There's something in the moment when you can make them laugh or cry and show and incredibly compassionate side of life. I find that a really exemplary way to live. -Gedde Watanabe

My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment, compassion and common sense. -Polly Toynbee

My colleagues, while it is good that the Nation is finally focused on the critical issue of securing our ports, our rhetoric and our passion about Dubai must be matched by the funding necessary to keep our ports and our citizens safe. -Allyson Schwartz

Probably my mother. She was a very compassionate woman, and always kept me on my feet. And I think part of it is just the way you are, the way you're raised. And she had the responsibility for raising me. -Ed Bradley

That is why, as soon as I felt a real attraction for my first passion which was the motorcycle, and in spite of the danger it could represent, they encouraged me. -Jacky Ickx

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man. -Stephen Greenblatt

Even though mother's issues are not front page news, they touch us all personally, some more than others, and I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement. -Joan Blades

Moveon is not a one-way broadcast media. The Internet, when used best, is a two-way media. We have a forum in which people can post comments and those comments can be rated. We get a sense of what people feel most passionately about. -Joan Blades

We aim to express the passion of our members in something actionable that we can all in fact do. -Joan Blades

I'm passionate again about writing. This is important to me; it's got to be the comeback book. -Jeffrey Archer

When I perform Strauss, it is as if the music fits me like a glove. My voice seems to lie in a happy area in this music, which is lyrical and passionate at the same time. -Kiri Te Kanawa

You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful. -Steve Garvey

I've lost a little bit of my fire… I don't want to say I've lost my passion. -Roger Clemens

Ismail Merchant was just the most seductive, passionate, outrageous, driven, genius of a man. -Glenn Close

Houses are one of my passions. I probably should have been an interior decorator. -Gene Tierney

Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination. -Diane Sawyer

And I seemed to discern a power and meaning in the old, which the more impassioned would not allow. -Frederick Henry Hedge

In my teens, I developed a passionate idolatry for a teacher of English literature. I wanted to do something that he would approve of more, so I thought I should be some sort of a scholar. -Trevor Nunn

My desire, my passion, was to help moms with practical encouragement. -Lisa Whelchel

What began as a revolt in response to the King of Great Britain's repeated injuries against the colonies, soon became a passionate and glorious call to fight for the beginnings of a new country. -John Linder

What does it say about us that people who are considered defective are instinctively caring and compassionate? -Morley Safer

The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe, often with the passion of youthful optimism, that feminism is a battle already won. I worry for them – and for my daughters, too. -Louise Brown

I do it because I want to exercise people's compassion and I do it because I really believe that for some reason what I do is important and meaningful. -Kyra Sedgwick

When Christopher and Charles passed away, I was completely depressed, I felt rejected and real down, and so Roscoe invited me because he had this spirit of compassion, and we had gone to school together, were friends and everything. -Joseph Jarman

I am so proud of Michigan's citizens for the kindness and generosity they have shown in assisting in this endeavor. It is truly heartwarming to see the compassion shown for those in need. -Jennifer Granholm

Food is a passion. Food is love. -Hector Elizondo

Well, I had this little notion – I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence. -Harry Mathews

So Liam and movies are obviously big passions, and I read and write. -Faye Dunaway

My mother's passion for something more, to write a different destiny for a dirt-poor farmer's daughter, was to shape my entire life. -Faye Dunaway

My daughter is a good, caring, compassionate person. To me that's the true meaning of success, even though the marriages didn't work out. My success with my daughter is all that matters. -Charlene Tilton

The girls are a complete joy and I love their passion. They argue with me like mad and I love that too. -Bob Geldof

I began when I was a child, because I was born and grew up in a little village. And many people ride the horses. So, it was a big – it has been a big passion for me. -Andrea Bocelli

Any guy that's not working with the same amount of intensity and passion that I do, I don't want to know. -Zakk Wylde

It's stunning to me what kind of an impact even one person can have if they have the right passion, perspective and are able to align the interest of a great team. -Steve Case

If you're doing something new you've got to have a vision. You've got to have a perspective. You've got to have some north star you're aiming for, and you just believe somehow you'll get there, which kind of gets to the passion point. -Steve Case

I was not an outstanding student. I did a reasonable amount of work. I got generally good – pretty good grades, but I was not that passionate about getting straight A's. -Steve Case

I think the support of the other team at AOL and everybody's really shared passion and belief about this and – saying that some day everybody was going to be on line. -Steve Case

In his 4 years in the White House, President Carter worked to make the Federal Government more competent and compassionate and more responsive to the American people. -Nathan Deal

And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things. -Martin Scorsese

In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools. -Mark Foley

The old interests of aristocracy – the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war – faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization. -Lytton Strachey

My commitment to Atlanta and passion for sports and competition make this acquisition a perfect fit for me. -Arthur Blank

You can take a handful of dollars, a good story, and people with passion and make a movie that will stand up against any $70 million movie. -Jason Patric

But as coaches, we need to get a little more fire and passion and be more demanding that our guys get the job done. I think players will respond to that, and we'll see. -Steve Spurrier

Immigration in America is a highly polarized issue and there are passionate views on both sides. -Spencer Bachus

My passion is New York and the vitality that makes it special. -Michael Musto

I didn't see my character, Core, as a cannibal but as somebody who is extremely passionate and who doesn't have any conscience. She takes her passion to its complete extreme. -Beatrice Dalle

Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions. -Stephen Ambrose

Why cannot we correct the baneful passions, without weakening the good? -Zebulon Pike

Find people who think like you and stick with them. Make only music you are passionate about. Work only with people you like and trust. Don't sign anything. -Steve Albini

Football is a passion that she holds dear to her heart. She's really going for her dream and there are obstacles in the way, but deep down she knows what she wants, and she pursues that. -Parminder Nagra

There's a pattern when tours start – a pattern of infighting, of making up, of breaking up, of addiction. There's a pattern of going to jail. There's a pattern of passion for music. -Nikki Sixx

There are a lot of things you can do with a law degree background, but I just didn't have a passion for it. -Matthew McGrory

I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers; rather, compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides. -Kyan Douglas

But music raises a lot of issues. Music is something that matters to people a lot, and they put a lot of passion into it. And I think when you have an area like that, you're gonna find a lot of issues coming up. -Kurt Loder

My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant. -June Jordan

I just feel passionately about a few things and particularly about helping artists get off the ground. -Jane Badler

One I've been passionately committed to, of course, is women's ministry; I believe solidly in it as a Gospel issue and we've found our way through that. -George Carey

In my late teenage years, I developed a real passion for it, and wrote a lot of poetry. -Danielle Steel

I don't have a burning passion to live in America per se but I would certainly like to work there. -Cillian Murphy

As long as she is talented enough and passionate about doing it herself then I will be happy and support her. I think I will be sensible – my parents said I could only do it if I got my education and so I had something to fall back on. -Anna Friel

I haven't lost faith in human nature and I haven't decided to be less compassionate to strangers. -Armistead Maupin

I shall strive not to be guilty of adding any fuel to the flames of hatred and passion which, if continued to be fed, promise to burn up whatever is left by the war of decent human feeling in Europe. -Eamon de Valera

Japan is the only country in the world to have suffered the ravages of atomic bombing. That experience left an indelible mark on the hearts of our people, making them passionately determined to renounce all wars. -Eisaku Sato

Someone like Russell Crowe is questioned for his passion for music, and whatever he does, music is just in his heart and soul. All he wants to do is music. -Tina Yothers

I stopped acting because I had other passions I wanted to pursue. -Tina Yothers

There's nothing particularly physical that I find attractive in a man. It's men with a passion for something that I find attractive. -Rhona Mitra

Ironically I think this is what sparked my interest in and passion for the NOAH, which is capable of creating all these old weird and wonderful sounds. -Geoff Downes

I'm very passionate about what I do. -Kevyn Aucoin

There are two types of people in the world: people who are passionate about things, and people who've had their passion punched, beaten, or whatever out of them. -Kevyn Aucoin

I think we should be passionately curious about what we do. -Mariel Hemingway

Well, I was passionately curious about what my body was doing, and when I got the lessons on how to meditate, it seemed really solid to me. It seemed real. -Mariel Hemingway

I think that the consciousness of passion makes you act very differently. -Pedro Almodovar

A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion. -Georg Brandes

Criticism starts – it has to start – with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems. -Harold Bloom

Both our senses and our passions are a supply to the imperfection of our nature; thus they show that we are such sort of creatures as to stand in need of those helps which higher orders of creatures do not. -Joseph Butler

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food. -Joseph Butler

Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness; and likewise a variety of particular affections, passions, and appetites to particular external objects. -Joseph Butler

Every one of our passions and affections hath its natural stint and bound, which may easily be exceeded; whereas our enjoyments can possibly be but in a determinate measure and degree. -Joseph Butler

God Almighty is, to be sure, unmoved by passion or appetite, unchanged by affection; but then it is to be added that He neither sees nor hears nor perceives things by any senses like ours; but in a manner infinitely more perfect. -Joseph Butler

Happiness or satisfaction consists only in the enjoyment of those objects which are by nature suited to our several particular appetites, passions, and affections. -Joseph Butler

However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it. -Joseph Butler

Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed. -Joseph Butler

The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery. -Joseph Butler

The private interest of the individual would not be sufficiently provided for by reasonable and cool self-love alone; therefore the appetites and passions are placed within as a guard and further security, without which it would not be taken due care of. -Joseph Butler

Today, our actions must be motivated only by our intense desire to achieve a just and lasting peace. The compassion and charity of the American people should be reflected in this legislation, though sadly, they are silenced. -Nick Rahall

The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better. -Paul Wellstone

Abraham Lincoln because he was a man filled with great compassion who believed that all men are created free and equal, and was not afraid to stand on that platform. The way Lincoln lived his life has served me well in mine. -Sidney Sheldon

I think we have all experienced passion that is not in any sense reasonable. -Stephen Fry

People think that if you are a scientist you have to give up that joy of discovery, that passion, that sense of the great romance of life. I say that's completely opposite of the truth. -Ann Druyan

Well, it's still a bit uncertain, but I will do the consulting, and I'll see how I can contribute. But I'm sure whatever I do will involve the space program. That's where my passion is. -Leroy Chiao

I do not say that one who is vegetarian is full of compassion and one who is not, is otherwise. We sometimes find people, who are vegetarians, are very bad people. -Morarji Desai

Therefore, vegetarianism alone can give us the quality of com-passion, which distinguishes man from the rest of the animal world. -Morarji Desai

Well, I think when we can turn to the person sitting next to us and really see them with kindness and see ourselves reflected back – when there's some dignity and compassion traveling back and forth. -Sharon Stone

My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men. -Simon Newcomb

For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business. -Wilfrid Laurier

I would love to do more music, definitely. That is my true passion. Dance is first and then music. -Carmen Electra

Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us. -Christy Turlington

To work with a director that has emotional commitment and passion toward the characters, and the piece, and the experiences, it only enriches your work. -Jessica Lange

Collecting is my passion. -Ursula Andress

If O.J. had been accused of killing his black wife, you would not have seen the same passion stirred up. -Al Sharpton

The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother's love is the best symbol for love and compassion, because it is totally disinterested. -Richard Gere

What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love. -Richard Gere

The generous abundance of her passion, without guile or trickery, was like a white flame which penetrated and found response in depths of his own sensuous nature that had never yet been reached. -Kate Chopin

I love to play golf, and that's my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and a passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys. -Tiger Woods

Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference. -Meryl Streep

Football will always be my foremost passion. -David Ginola

Labels don't mean anything to me. I'm trying to play as passionately as I'm able to. If they want to call that cool, that's fine. Just spell the name right, is the formula. -Lee Konitz

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision. -Barbara Jordan

I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it. -Barbara Jordan

Well, if you look at the whole story, I mean there's only Jews and Romans in the story. I mean I just wanted to flesh that character out and make that a drama about the people around Christ when he was going through this passion. -Mel Gibson

Work? I never worked a day in my life. I always loved what I was doing, had a passion for it. -Ernie Banks

It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man. -Barbara Walters

One of the most pervasive political visions of our time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and conservatives as less caring. -Thomas Sowell

It is very much the theme of our President, President Thabo Mbeki, whose passion is for Africa to work together, and for Africans to get up and do things for us. We are trying as women to do things for ourselves. -Miriam Makeba

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor. -Paul Tsongas

When rough times have fallen upon our state in the past, Texans have always responded with generosity and an eagerness to help. The compassionate response to the fires has proven that this community spirit is alive and well. -Randy Neugebauer

Try hard to find out what you're good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that. -Joshua Lederberg

My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

The grief of the keen is no personal complaint for the death of one woman over eighty years, but seems to contain the whole passionate rage that lurks somewhere in every native of the island. -John Millington Synge

Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary, passionate indifference is necessary in order for you not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees. -Karel Capek

All men, even those we call savages, have been so tormented by the passion for strong drinks, that limited as their capacities were, they were yet able to manufacture them. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

But my passion is racing cars. It's what I like to do in my off time. -Mark-Paul Gosselaar

I'm not a racist, that's what so insane about this, and yet it's said, it comes through, it fires out of me, and even now in the passion that's here as I confront myself. -Michael Richards

Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans. -Robert Wagner

Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes. -Martin Short

The passion and spontaneity in music is all gone. -Jan Hammer

We must act out passion before we can feel it. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Justice and goodwill will outlast passion. -James A. Garfield

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. -Henry Ward Beecher

Love is a passion that hath friends in the garrison. -George Savile

Our passion is our strength. -Billie Joe Armstrong

The strongest passion is fear. -Jean de La Fontaine

A play is a passion. -Jerome Lawrence

Fear is the passion of slaves. -Patrick Henry

It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked. -Haile Selassie

I think enthusiasm is the answer to passionate writing. -Jerome Lawrence

To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air. -Richard Whately

She has no imagination and that means no compassion. -Michael Foot

I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions. -Elizabeth Taylor

A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him. -Thomas Fuller

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram. -Karl Kraus

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing. -Albert Camus

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. -Roland Barthes

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other. -Oliver Goldsmith

In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same. -Mason Cooley

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. -Vladimir Nabokov

I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability. -Prince Charles

Without passion you don't have energy, with out energy you have nothing. -Donald Trump

Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter. -Thomas Hobbes

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life. -Federico Fellini

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts. -James Russell Lowell

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. -Alexander Hamilton

No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests. -Sallust

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. -Jack Kerouac

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy – I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A continual atmosphere of hectic passion is very trying if you haven't got any of your own. -Dorothy L. Sayers

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. -Confucius

I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate. -Rita Mae Brown

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters. -Aesop

They sin who tell us Love can die: with Life all other passions fly, all others are but vanity. -Robert Southey

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate. -Robert Frost

The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion. -Julian Bond

Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories. -Walter Benjamin

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. -Lao Tzu

The book of female logic is blotted all over with tears, and Justice in their courts is forever in a passion. -William Makepeace Thackeray

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. -Lao Tzu

She was deeply passionate about the sacred feminine. -Dan Brown

My passion and energy get mistaken for anger. -Gary Oldman

We have to bring the humanity and compassion back. -Shelley Morrison

At the end of the day, love and compassion will win. -Terry Waite

Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend. -Akhenaton

You can find more traditional Shakespeare than we do. But what we want to bring to these works is energy, passion, freshness. -John Bradshaw

There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination. -William Godwin

They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch. -Marquis de Sade

But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion. -Sylvia Plath

Terrible and sublime thought, that every moment is supreme for some man and woman, every hour the apotheosis of some passion! -William McFee

Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy. -Chogyam Trungpa

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. -David Hume

Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. -Soren Kierkegaard

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. -Nelson Mandela

The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others. -Anton Chekhov

Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows – and china. -Charles Dickens

He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor. -Sarah Bernhardt

Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform. -Chanakya

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. -Joyce Carol Oates

A celebrity name is never enough for an intelligent mass market… truly successful businesses are born of passion and heartfelt interest. -Elle Macpherson

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. -Ursula K. Le Guin

To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion. -Mikhail Bakunin

The passion for money is never fickle. -Mason Cooley

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled. -Carly Fiorina

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth – of my passions – of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies – whose factions I sought to quell – whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim – whose freedom has been my fatal dream. -Thomas Francis Meagher

There's nothing wrong with the free-enterprise system. But it has to have some compassion. -Jim McDermott

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without centuries of Christian antisemitism, Hitler's passionate hatred would never have been so fervently echoed. -Robert Runcie

To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing. -Samuel Richardson

I'm interested in everthing but passionate about nothing. -Jeanne Calment

My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet. -Mason Cooley

Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves. -Mason Cooley

Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera. -Mason Cooley

Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it. -Mario Andretti

There is no man who desires as passionately as a Russian. If we could imprison a Russian desire beneath a fortress, that fortress would explode. -Joseph de Maistre

The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small. -Mason Cooley

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? -Lord Byron

What is music. A passion for colonies not a love of country. -Gertrude Stein

The life of a good man is a continual warfare with his passions. -Samuel Richardson

A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. -Carl Jung

Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts. -Aeschylus

The genuine priest always feels something higher than compassion. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Nothing that comes from the deep, passional soul is bad, or can be bad. -D. H. Lawrence

One never can know the whys and the wherefores of one's passional changes. -D. H. Lawrence

Our true passions are selfish. -Stendhal

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint. -Alexander Hamilton

Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire. -Henry Miller

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps. -Honore de Balzac

Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly. -Mary Wortley Montagu

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. -John Ruskin

It is, perhaps, better to be valued as an object of passion than never to be valued at all. -Angela Carter

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind. -T. S. Eliot

One declaims endlessly against the passions; one imputes all of man's suffering to them. One forgets that they are also the source of all his pleasures. -Denis Diderot

Ideas are cheap. Always be passionate about ideas and communicating those ideas and discoveries to others in the things you make. -Charles Eames

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. -Stevie Wonder

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from. -Eric Hoffer

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth. -Honore de Balzac

I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. -Susan Sontag

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. -John Locke

The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it. -Marcel Proust

Time has the same effect on the mind as on the face; the predominant passion and the strongest feature become more conspicuous from the others' retiring. -Mary Wortley Montagu

Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions. -George Will

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

The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self. -Charles Horton Cooley

If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. -Claude Adrien Helvetius

Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural. -John Berger

We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship. -James Harvey Robinson

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow. -George Berkeley

I continue to have a special pride and passion for AOL, and I strongly believe that AOL – once the leading Internet company in the world – can return to its past greatness. -Steve Case

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds. -Marianne Williamson

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. -Dalai Lama

I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children. -Thomas S. Monson

The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other. -Honore de Balzac

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations. -Horace Walpole

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies. -Elvis Costello

When love grows diseased, the best thing we can do is to put it to a violent death; I cannot endure the torture of a lingering and consumptive passion. -George Etherege

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearences. -Soren Kierkegaard

For one heat, all know, doth drive out another, One passion doth expel another still. -George Chapman

Men are much oftener thrown on their knees by the melancholy than by the agreeable passions. -David Hume

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee. -Epictetus

A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance. -T. S. Eliot

The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind. -D. H. Lawrence

The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others. -Adolf Hitler

Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion. -Louise J. Kaplan

Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I think it's really important that the people who are going to make decisions for other people have fair, truthful and compassionate regard for all people, not just some people. -Sharon Stone

Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper. -Gunter Grass

No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it's the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living. -Moliere

I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. -Susan Sontag

Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions. -Benjamin Disraeli

Some people are passionate about aisles, others about window seats. -Terry Jones

We need a government that is what we are at our best. Smart, efficient, pragmatic and compassionate. -Deval Patrick

It's the youth movement we have. A lot of young guys with a lot of passion. It brings the fun back to the game. -Tim Hudson

Pope John Paul, a man of peace and compassion, was one of the most revered leaders of our time. -Bill Williams

Sometimes you have to find the passion. It comes from the inside… Everyone has to find it for themselves. -Candace Bushnell

President-elect Bush spoke in a forceful and candid manner that it is his passion that all children should have access to a first class education. -George Miller

There isn't as much passion and outrage in today's newspapers. That may be because of a corporate decision, but they've lost their personality. -Michael Gartner

In how many lives does love really play a dominant part? The average taxpayer is no more capable of a 'grand passion' than of a grand opera. -Israel Zangwill

The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion. -Lord Hailsham

What President Bush has done speaks more than words about his feeling of compassion and commitment to people. -Thad Cochran

Anyone can like their job… To love your job is not enough, you must give your passion to your job. -Zahi Hawass

Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express. -George A. Smith

There's a high school in Camden, New Jersey, I call the Jill Scott School. It's the Camden Creative Arts High School. Those teachers and kids are so passionate about what they do, and 98 percent of the senior class went on to college. -Jill Scott

The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference. -Jill Scott

Although I enjoyed writing Film Music it was always a means to an end, in that it enabled me to keep a wife and family and write my classical music, which has always been my passion. -Malcolm Arnold

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. -Ambrose Bierce

What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other… but for two people to have met their match and yet they are equally as stubborn, as obstinate, as passionate, as crazy as the other. -Barbra Streisand

Once people see this 'Unplugged,' I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate… I want you to see another side of me, that's free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired. -Alicia Keys

All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people. -Adolf Hitler

The mother's battle for her child with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle, waged in love and in the passion for survival. -Adrienne Rich

My passion is doing movies, and as long as I keep doing that, I'll be happy. I want to do movies, fun roles and dramatic ones. I love all of it. -Vanessa Hudgens

My passion is doing movies, so as long as I keep doing that I will be happy. -Vanessa Hudgens

It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don't think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it, and they really like acting, go for it. -Alanna Ubach

I take this art very seriously and passionately. I love what I do. You can't help but grow. That's not to say you don't make mistakes or make bad choices, but that's part of the art. Painters paint bad paintings. -Christopher Meloni

It's all magic to me. Country to punk rock, all of it. Chopin to Kurt Cobain. But it always all comes back to punk for me, because that was the last time, punk rock or grunge rock, was the last time that passion ruled the airwaves. -James Marsters

Brooke and I share some similarities. We're both passionate, fiercely loyal people. But she is far more outlandish than I'd ever be, particularly with her body and her sexuality. Brooke has made herself weak for men – she only gained self-confidence from their attention. -Sophia Bush

Acting will always be my first passion, it's what I live to do and I hope to be lucky enough to do it the rest of my life. -Devon Werkheiser

I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just the English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone who was a compassionate, decent guy. -Sean Bean

The Clinton paradox: How could a president so intelligent, so compassionate, so public-spirited and so conscious of his place in history act in such a stupid, selfish and self-destructive manner? -George Stephanopoulos

I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form. -Shia LaBeouf

I'm passionate about learning. I'm passionate about life. -Tom Cruise

Earth was not built for six billion people all running around and being passionate about things. The world was built for about two million people foraging for roots and grubs. -Douglas Coupland

I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here. -Simon Cowell

We asked ourselves what we wanted this company to stand for. We didn't want to just sell shoes. I wasn't even into shoes – but I was passionate about customer service. -Tony Hsieh

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks. -Isabel Allende

You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time. -Dave Eggers

There's so much importance in honoring your everyday hero. It doesn't take money. It doesn't take connections. What matters is that people get involved. Whether your passion is gun control or food or whatever it may be, everybody needs to stop being so self-absorbed. -Debi Mazar

But my biggest passion is football. -Greg Akcelrod

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. -Audrey Hepburn

I have enough love to last me a lifetime! Thank God I'll never lose my imagination and my passion. That's really what it is. I'm still passionate about what I do. -Teena Marie

I'm not politically motivated. I used to be – passionately. I used to be very Left wing. Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle. -Guy Ritchie

I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion. -Darren Aronofsky

I'd like to do a lot of different stuff. I think it's important as a creative person to keep challenging yourself and keep doing new stuff. If you end up trying to repeat yourself it's death. It just becomes boring and takes the passion out of it. You gotta find stories and characters that you really want to hang out with. -Darren Aronofsky

I just love real characters; they're not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they're regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they're all right there on the surface. -David O. Russell

I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes. And I don't think people are ready for the message that I'm delivering, and delivering with a sense of violent love. -Charlie Sheen

Show your bluebell passion with every step you take. Infuse your corporeal mind, body and spirit with atomic sense of urgency, purpose and apple juice. -Isabel Yosito

I don't want to do anything that I'm not passionate about. -Jude Law

I'm a geek who loves fashion. There's been a reinvention of the word geek. It means being passionate about anything that's under the radar or sort of frowned upon, like Comic-Con. -Kristen Bell

I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up. -Shania Twain

Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare's world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend – someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine. -Patrick Stewart

I just love bikes. It's not the safest passion to have, but I guess it's better than Russian roulette. -Ryan Reynolds

There's a passion about this because people take it very close to their hearts and they have grown up with James Bond – and so have I. But I was being criticized before I had presented anything, so it was name calling. -Daniel Craig

I can't stomach the thought that we are passing down to the next generation a country that is less viable, less good, less competitive, less compassionate than the one we got. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters. -Michelle Obama

Because actually it's really hard to get things made. It takes years. To fight the fights you inevitably have to fight, even when you've produced Harry Potter, you'd better have the commitment and the passion to knock down walls, not take no for an answer. -David Heyman

I'm not a knee-jerk conservative. I passionately believe in free markets and less government, but not to the point of being a libertarian. -Rupert Murdoch

I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them. There should be a name (as poetic as love) for this relationship between loather and loathed; it is of the closest and more full of passion than incest. -Laura Riding

The design of the Mac wasn't what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. -Steve Jobs

It's hard to tell with these Internet startups if they're really interested in building companies or if they're just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don't really want to build a company, they won't luck into it. That's because it's so hard that if you don't have a passion, you'll give up. -Steve Jobs

The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream. -Tommy Hilfiger

My passion for music has always inspired my designs. -Tommy Hilfiger

You'll be much more successful if you follow your dreams and follow your passions. -Jay Weatherill

Grace Portolesi is a strong, assertive passionate young woman and she is precisely the sort of person I want in my cabinet and she will have a senior role. -Jay Weatherill

I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette. -Mos Def

I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I'm a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear. -Mos Def

I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. Jamey Rodemeyer's life changed mine. -Zachary Quinto

It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. -Zachary Quinto

When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate. It's inevitable that that would make its way into your songwriting. -Dave Grohl

I don't want to make the same mistakes of being swept along with things, taking on jobs that I'm not passionate about, that I don't really believe in but that everyone says I should do. -Kelly Brook

There weren't a lot of career opportunities in crazy-fast hardcore punk, so you didn't have a lot of ambition, just the love and passion to play music with your friends. -Dave Grohl

I'm not looking to be dominating all the media outlets … to talk about any issue just to be on TV, I'm not your guy. I'm not going to be 'the black Republican'. I'm going to be a Republican who happens to be black who will talk about issues that I'm passionate about that are specific to the agenda that I want to accomplish. -Tim Scott

For me, the greatest obstacles are never on the ice itself. That's the area I excel in. That's where my passion is. I think we all strive to push ourselves, to overcome our struggles. And when we do, we get to know ourselves better. -Ann Bancroft

Being an astronaut is a wonderful career. I feel very privileged. But what I really hope for young people is that they find a career they're passionate about, something that's challenging and worthwhile. -Ellen Ochoa

New York is a passionate city. They want a winner. They deserve a winner. I think we did an outstanding job of bringing it back. -Patrick Ewing

Favored Nations is a long-term commitment. Our hope is that those who are passionate about real musicianship will want to hear and own most of our albums. We will set out to attain the same direct relationship with our customers that we have with our artists. -Steve Vai

I am passionate about God, about Jesus, and what His influences do to me. -TobyMac

But I think what Liam said just kind of hit it spot on, that the people in the capital are brainwashed and such a disconnect with what's actually happening. They don't realize what if it was their kids that were being put into the games? They just don't have the mindset to have that kind of compassion for people. -Josh Hutcherson

The fans that I have met so far have been nothing but supportive and extremely passionate about the books. I feel so honored to meet all these people. Something like this, which I think is bigger than anyone in the film, it's pretty crazy. -Liam Hemsworth

At this point, I'm happy to be part of something special. As an actor I liked to choose scripts that I'm passionate about. -Liam Hemsworth

I have so many moments. I am extremely passionate about life and at the same time, I'm always depressed, so everything's always happening at the same time for me. It's the best day and the worst day too. -Amy Ray

I don't want Daddy's passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did. -Bindi Irwin

My daughter is in love with Adele. She listens to her every day. To see someone with that much passion and soul move a 9-year-old is amazing and it's magical. -Brandy Norwood

Music is passionate. It's love for me. -Brandy Norwood

Unless I really loved it and felt really passionate about it, I would just kind of abort the song and start a new one. -Alanis Morissette

My relationship with the journalists who covered the campaign was complicated. I often hid from the critical eye of their cameras and their omnipresent digital recorders, wary of the critique implicit in every captured moment. But I also grew to respect and understand their passion for their work, their love for the journey we were sharing. -Alexandra Kerry

I am trying to be guided by my passion. -America Ferrera

What I'm having is this conflict in my life right now, that in New York, I see my directing friends and I see acting friends and they've all got this level of passion about either or both of those directions that I've never really found myself having. -Danny Pintauro

I became a vegetarian out of compassion for animals and to live as healthy as possible. I realized soon after that I was truly concerned with nonviolent consumption and my own health, a vegan diet was the best decision. -Davey Havok

It is a juggling act and I have been in it for 12 years now, which is about 11 years longer than I thought I would be, and then the priority there is thinking how can I stay somewhat irrelevant so that you can continue to survive and can continue to work and put yourself in a position to get to do the work you are truly passionate about. -Edward Burns

I'm no expert standing at a podium giving speeches. I share heartbeats. Compassion. -Elizabeth Berkley

I'm very passionate about animals. -Emma Caulfield

Bandwagon and all that it is is such a huge passion of mine. We're already bouncing around ideas for season three, what we would call our golden ticket, in terms of a celebrity we would pair up with. We have a few in mind, and a few topics. -Emma Caulfield

The fans of 'The Hunger Games,' of the book, are very passionate. It's funny: Even at my concerts there are people holding up 'Cinna' signs. -Lenny Kravitz

I had done some commercial work in junior high and stuff – my mother would bring me into the city, and we'd go on these crazy castings. Acting was something I always dreamed of doing… it was my passion when I was young. -Chloe Sevigny

I still have the passion to play. -Curtis Joseph

I've grown up seeing the pros and cons but I love it and I've always wanted to act. Throughout all the rejections at auditions, and especially when I finally did get something, both my parents have been so supportive and always told me it is all about passion and, if I was doing it because I love it, there's no wrong choice. -Lily Collins

Acting may be how I've made my living, but music has always been my passion. -John Corbett

I would say I have compassion. -Kim Delaney

Luckily because I had a family and children, my priorities changed. I mean, I'm very passionate about my work but I have other interests and other things that balance my life. -Penelope Ann Miller

Well, I think that if you sincerely try to imagine what life is like for another person – not in a mocking way, not in a satirical way, but in a sincere, compassionate way – I don't think that's exploitive. -Curtis Sittenfeld

Music is my biggest passion aside from anything else. -Gemma Arterton

You can't connect with something you're not passionate about. -Gemma Arterton

Performing on stage is what I've done since I was a kid and it's where the passion that has started from the very beginning for me, and that's what I'm going to enjoy. -Haley Reinhart

I love artists that just do what they do with so much passion and emotion. -Jessica Sanchez

We are all human beings, part of the human race, and we need to be compassionate and giving and kind with one another. -Katherine Heigl

Obviously my career's important to me and I'm really, really passionate about trying to keep it. -Katherine Heigl

Of course I have bills to pay, but at the same time, it's more about the passion and the love, and I think that's where music should come from, the heart, not necessarily just to cash a check. -Ludacris

I've always had an affinity and a passion for cars and that whole car culture. -Ludacris

Singing is my passion and I always wanted to travel the country. -Thia Megia

At the risk of being forgotten completely by the media, I went to college and pursued a passion that had nothing to do with acting: mathematics. -Danica McKellar

There's people constantly asking you for something on set, so the multi-tasking of motherhood transfers very well to being a director. And I think you're compassionate. -Angelina Jolie

I love food. I'm a big food person. I'm really passionate about eating good food all the time. -Dreama Walker

I feel like a total hippie right now. I'm passionate about all sorts of things – a lot of boring, cuddly Hallmark things, to be honest. -Dreama Walker

I love comedy; I'm super passionate about it, and thank God it's super in right now to have female empowered comedies. -Dreama Walker

I love acting, so it's easy when you have a passion for it. I've always found the harder you work, the luckier you get. -Ryan Kwanten

I was very sporty at school, and sport was probably the thing I was best at, but my real passion was for fashion. -Kirsty Gallacher

I played football in high school, I played baseball when I was younger, things like that, but I think it was the passion I had for track where you want to do an individual sport and be the best, I think – there's nothing that can replace that. -Tyson Gay

I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans. -Peter Berg

When I don't understand things, I become passionate to understand. -Noomi Rapace

Modeling was never a passion of mine. -Charlize Theron

I have a little tiny Emily Dickinson so big that I carry in my pocket everywhere. And you just read three poems of Emily. She is so brave. She is so strong. She is such a sexy, passionate, little woman. I feel better. -Maurice Sendak

I'm sure when the times comes, there will be tears, but there are other avenues that I am embracing with much more passion these days. -Cat Osterman

The word 'geek' today does not mean what it used to mean. A geek isn't the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you're passionate about something. -Olivia Munn

I knew if I stayed in London my whole life would be dancing. I'd won almost every major title you can. I thought 'This really isn't my passion. I really want to sing,' and I knew I wouldn't be able to if I stayed there. -Julianne Hough

I didn't always want to act. My passion was writing, and it still is one of my primary passions to this day, but it wasn't until high school when I started acting in plays that it became a thought of something I might want to do. And when I applied to colleges, at NYU, I was able to study both writing and acting. -Bryce Dallas Howard

My secret passion is motorbikes. I want a Kawasaki Ninja. -Petra Nemcova

Animals, they are one of the most beautiful gifts we have and, you know, if there are people that have compassion, there are very few people that put their money into animal rescue organizations. And if there is someone that has that passion, animals need all the help they can get. -Alyssa Milano

The fans have what they want. They want entertainment, they want passion and they want commitment. -Alan Shearer

I hope to focus on what I'm passionate about because I think I'd do them best job on them – education, urban education, women and children's issues and literacy. -Jenna Bush

I quit karate originally because it wasn't something that I was initially passionate about. -Kristin Kreuk

I've always lived my gymnastics career with a lot of passion and a lot of purpose. -Kyle Shewfelt

At the end of the day, the markets are my passion. -Rick Santelli

People are always saying that Hollywood messes up kids. I'm like, 'No, families mess up kids!' I grew up in Hollywood, and I'm perfectly fine. If my children want to go into the entertainment business, I won't stop them, as long as they're passionate about it. -Tori Spelling

My parents separated when I was four. It wasn't the smoothest of divorces, but then as my mother always says, you can't have a passionate marriage without a passionate divorce. -Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Music is my No. 1 passion. If you made me choose between music and food, it's definitely music. -Trisha Yearwood

Music will always be my greatest passion. -Vanessa Mae

I do appreciate a woman who has a passion for sports and knows their stuff. -Jerry Ferrara

When you look at facing retirement in your mid-30s, and all of a sudden the outlet for that passion and work ethic goes away, you can't just sit back in a rocking chair and be retired at 35. I'm not a good enough golfer to play golf every day. -Drew Bledsoe

Fairly early in my career, I had a passion for wine just as a consumer, and I started to learn about the whole process, starting with a piece of raw ground, and ending up with a work of art in a bottle. -Drew Bledsoe

Playing in New England and the Boston area, the fans are so passionate about their sports if you don't play well, they'll let you know so I know it's not something that they take lightly. -Drew Bledsoe

We don't do things we aren't good at by nature. I wouldn't play basketball because I'm only 5' 1". Find what you enjoy – whether it's racing, flying a helicopter, being a doctor, or stitching clothes together. Once you've done that, you have the passion you need. -Danica Patrick

I think I've kind of been mistaken for somebody who's trying to be a spokesperson for animal rights, and the fact is I'm not qualified to be a spokesperson. I am passionate about it, but I'm not trying to make other people do what I do. -Neko Case

My husband is a former Air Force pilot and my son is an active duty Army surgeon, recently returned from Iraq, so my pride in our military is passionate… and personal. -Robyn Carr

I can tell you and promise you that I've had struggles in my life. And I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling. -Ann Romney

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