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Passion costs too much to bestow it upon every trifle.
      - Thomas Adam

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

Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man.
      - Aristotle

Let passion reach a catastrophe and it submits us to an intoxicating force far more powerful than the niggardly irritation of wine or of opium. The lucidity our ideas then achieve, and the delicacy of our overly exalted sensations, produce the strangest and most unexpected effects.
      - Honore de Balzac

Noble passions are like vices: the more they are satisfied, the greater they grow, Mothers and gamblers are insatiable.
      - Honore de Balzac

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
      - Honore de Balzac

Passions are no more forgiving than human laws and they reason more justly. Are they not based on a conscience of their own, infallible as an instinct?
      - Honore de Balzac

The duration of a couple's passion is in proportion to the woman's original resistance or to the obstacles that social hazards have placed in the way of her happiness.
      - Honore de Balzac

When passion is not fed, it changes to need. At this juncture, marriage becomes a fixed idea in the mind of the bourgeois, being the only means whereby he can win a woman and appropriate her to his uses.
      - Honore de Balzac

Fountain-heads and pathless groves,
  Places which pale passion loves!
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Nice Valour--Song (act III, sc. 3)

The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. Thus they become, as in the ancient fable, the harnessed steeds which bear the chariot of the sun.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A genuine passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no impediment; it cannot go backward; it must go forward.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Passion looks not beyond the moment of its existence. Better, it says, the kisses of love to day, than the felicities of heaven afar off.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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

As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds.
      - Robert Boyle

The worst of slaves is he whom passion rules.
      - Henry Brooke

Only I discern
  Infinite passion, and the pain
    Of finite hearts that yearn.
      - Robert Browning, Two in the Campagna
         (st. 12)

In solitude the passions feed upon the heart.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in maturer life.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Flowers whose wild odors breathe but agonies.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

In the human breast two master-passions cannot coexist.
      - Thomas Campbell

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

For one heat, all know, doth drive out another,
  One passion doth expel another still.
      - George Chapman, Monsieur D'Olive
         (act V, sc. 1, l. 8)

Were it not for the salutary agitation of the passions, the waters of life would become dull, stagnant, and as unfit for all vital purposes as those of the Dead Sea.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

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