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Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vigor is contagious; and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay--On Circles
         (last paragraph)

The best thing which we derive from history is the enthusiasm that it raises in us.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is impossible to combat enthusiasm with reason; for though it makes a show of resistance, it soon eludes the pressure, refers you to distinctions not to be understood, and feelings which it cannot explain. A man who would endeavor to fix an enthusiast by argument might as well attempt to spread quicksilver with his finger.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Ridicule has even been the most powerful enemy of enthusiasm, and properly the only antagonist that can be opposed to it with success.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Be not afraid of enthusiasm; you need it; you can do nothing effectually without it.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Enthusiasm is an evil much less to be dreaded than superstition. Superstition is the disease of nations; enthusiasm that of individuals: the former grows inveterate by time; the latter is cured by it.
      - Robert Hall

A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions. A cloak should be of three-pile, to keep its gloss in wear.
      - Augustus William Hare

The same reason makes a man a religious enthusiast that makes a man an enthusiast in any other way, an uncomfortable mind in an uncomfortable body.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The most enthusiastic man in a cause is rarely chosen as a leader.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

In the whole range of human vision nothing is more attractive than to see a young man full of promise and of hope, bending all his energies in the direction of truth and duty and God, his soul pervaded with the loftiest enthusiasm, and his life consecrated to the noblest ends. To be such a young man is to rival the noblest and best of men in heroic valor and Christian chivalry. Nay, to be such a young man is to be like Christ, the highest type, the most illustrious example of enthusiasm the world has ever seen.
      - John McClellan Holmes

Enthusiasm is the fever of reason.
      - Victor Hugo

Enthusiasts soon understand each other.
      - Washington Irving

Enthusiasm is always connected with the senses, whatever be the object that excites it. The true strength of virtue is serenity of mind, combined with a deliberate and steadfast determination to execute her laws. That is the healthful condition of the moral life; on the other hand, enthusiasm, even when excited by representations of goodness, is a brilliant but feverish glow which leaves only exhaustion and languor behind.
      - Immanuel Kant

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
      - Charles Kingsley

Those who have arrived at any very eminent degree of excellence in the practice of an art or profession have commonly been actuated by a species of enthusiasm in their pursuit of it. They have kept one object in view amidst all the vicissitudes of time and torture.
      - John Knox

Enthusiasm is the intoxication of earnestness.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

I gaze upon the thousand stars
  That fill the midnight sky;
    And wish, so passionately wish,
      A light like theirs on high.
        I have such eagerness of hope
          To benefit my kind;
            I feel as if immortal power
              Were given to my mind.
      - Margaret Landon

Depend upon it, my younger brethren, the bright; self-sacrificing enthusiasms of early manhood are among the most precious things in the whole course of human life.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm, eloquence produces conviction for the moment; but it is only by truth to Nature and the everlasting institutions of mankind that those abiding influences are won that enlarge from generation to generation.
      - James Russell Lowell

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

I look upon enthusiasm, in all other points but that of religion, to be a very necessary turn of mind; as indeed it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength, in the tempers of most men. No matter what the object is, whether business, pleasures or the fine arts: whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore.
      - William Melmoth ("Sir Thomas Fitzosborne")

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