Great Throughts Treasury

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Abraham Joshua Heschel

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.

Compassion | Defiance | Despair | God | Harm | Love | Man | Passion | Strength | Thought | Wisdom | God | Thought |

Alphonso A. Hopkins

Poetry begotten of passion is ever debasing; poetry born of real heartfulness, always ennobles and uplifts.

Passion | Poetry | Wisdom |

David Hume

We speak not strictly and philosophically when we talk of the combat of passion and reason. Reason is, and ought only to be the salve of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.

Office | Passion | Reason | Wisdom |

William James

The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal.

Correctness | Passion | Wisdom |

Wanda Landowska

The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration. Oh, the passion for research and the joy of discovery!

Inspiration | Joy | Learning | Passion | Research | Wisdom | World |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.

Fear | Passion | Wisdom |

William Penn

The difference between passion and love is that this is fixed, that volatile. Love grows, passion wastes, by enjoyment; and the reason is that one springs from a union of souls, and other from a union of sense.

Enjoyment | Love | Passion | Reason | Sense | Wisdom |

Ramdas, fully Swami Ramdas, born Vittal Rao, aka Beloved Papa NULL

There is no greater victory in the life of a human being than victory over the mind. He who has controlled the gusts of passion that arise within him and the violent actions that proceed therefrom is the real hero.

Hero | Life | Life | Mind | Passion | Wisdom |

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, an can only please by its resemblance. The appearance of reality is necessary to make any passion agreeably represented, and to be able to move others we must be moved ourselves, or at least seem to be so, upon some probably grounds.

Appearance | Passion | Reality | Truth | Wisdom | World |

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

The most sublime labor of poetry is to give sense and passion to insensate things; and it is characteristic of children to take inanimate things in their hands and talk to them in play as if they were living persons... in the world's childhood, men were by nature sublime poets.

Childhood | Children | Labor | Men | Nature | Passion | Play | Poetry | Sense | Wisdom | World |

Alexis de Tocqueville, fully Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

Democratic institutions awaken and foster a passion for equality which they can never entirely satisfy.

Equality | Passion | Wisdom |

Cao Ba-Quat

The waves of human passion rise and fall; worldly things are as transitory as passing clouds.

Passion |

Nikolai Berdyaev, fully Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev, also spelled Nichlas Berdiaev

Not from anything in the world would I be free from God; I wish to be free in God and for God. It is needful that my passion for a freedom without bounds should involve a conflict with the world, but not with God.

Freedom | God | Passion | World | God |

Roland Barthes, fully Roland Gérard Barthes

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

Passion | Public | Wants |

Henri Frédéric Amiel

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.

Force | Man | Passion |

John Elof Boodin

There is, above all, the laughter that comes from the eternal joy of creation, the joy of making the world new, the joy of expressing the inner riches of the soul - laughter from triumphs over pain and hardship in the passion for an enduring ideal, the joy of bringing the light of happiness, of truth and beauty into a dark world. This is divine laughter par excellence.

Beauty | Eternal | Excellence | Joy | Laughter | Light | Pain | Passion | Riches | Soul | Truth | World | Riches | Hardship | Beauty |

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If people could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us!

Experience | History | Light | Passion | People | Teach | Learn |