passion

A Quote by Jeanette Winterson on adulthood, children, happiness, passion, philosophy, trying, and world

I was happy but happy is an adult world. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you. This is where I disagree with the philosophers. They talk about passionate things but there is no passion in them. Never talk happiness with a philosopher.

Jeanette Winterson

Source: (The Passion)

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A Quote by Jean de La Fontaine on passion, patience, strength, and time

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)

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A Quote by Jean-Luc Godard on beauty, composers, difficulty, eternity, fashion, passion, and relatives

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

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A Quote by James Martineau on art, blindness, bravery, difficulty, eternity, fear, god, heart, heaven, incredulity, life, love, passion, perspective, quiet, resolution, secrets, selfishness, sensuality, separation, silence, sorrow, soul, spirit, tears, t

Let any true man go into silence; strip himself of all pretense, and selfishness, and sensuality, and sluggishness of soul; lift off thought after thought, passion after passion, till he reaches the inmost depth of all; remember how short a time and he was not at all; how short a time again, and he will not be here; open his window and look upon the night, how still its breath, how solemn its march, how deep its perspective, how ancient its form of light; and think how little he knows except the perpetuity of God, and the mysteriousness of life: - and it will be strange if he does not feel the Eternal Presence as close upon his soul as the breeze upon his brow; if he does not say, "O Lord, art thou ever near as this, and have I not known thee?"- if the true proportions and the genuine spirit of life do not open on his heart with infinite clearness and show him the littleness of his temptations and the grandeur of his trust. He is ashamed to have found weariness in toil so light, and tears where there was no trial to the brave. He discovers with astonishment how small the dust that has blinded him, and from the height of a quiet and holy love looks down with incredulous sorrow on the jealousies and fears and irritations that have vexed his life. A mighty wind of resolution sets in strong upon him and freshens the whole atmosphere of his soul, sweeping down before it the light flakes of difficulty, till they vanish like snow upon the sea. He is imprisoned no more in a small compartment of time, but belongs to an eternity which is now and here. The isolation of his separate spirit passes away; and with the countless multitude of souls akin to God, he is but a wave of his unbounded deep. He is at one with Heaven, and hath found the secret place of the Almighty.

James Martineau (1805 - 1900)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on endurance, passion, patience, and quality

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Columbus.

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A Quote by Jacques Barzun on education, passion, pleasure, and silence

The educated man had throughout the ages found a way to covert passionate activity into silent and motionless pleasure. He can sit still in a room and not perish.

Jacques Barzun (1907 -)

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A Quote by Israel Zangwill on life, love, opera, passion, and play

In how many lives does love really play a dominant part? The average taxpayer is no more capable of the grand passion than of a grand opera.

Israel Zangwill (1864 - 1926)

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A Quote by Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn al-`Arabi on divinity, ethics, faith, god, knowledge, logic, love, passion, relationships, and service

. . . Ibn 'Arabi distinguishes between Allah as God in general and Rabb as the particular Lord, personalized in an individualized and undivided relation with his vassal of love. This individualized relationship on both sides is the foundation of the mystic and chivalric ethic of the fedel d'amore in the service of the personal Lord whose divinity depends on the adoration of his faithful vassal. . . . {It is the passion that the fedele d'amore feels for his Lord which reveals the Lord to Himself.} And this always individually, in an "alone to alone," which is something very different from universal logic or from a collective participation, because only the knowledge which the fedele has of his Lord is the knowledge which this personal Lord has of him.

Ibn al-'Arabi (1165 - 1240)

Source: Corbin, Henry. Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn `Arabi, 1969. p. 94

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A Quote by Ian D. Anderson on atoms, love, passion, reality, and water

When oxygen and hydrogen find one another, their joining produces fiery passion. Out of this fire, water is born. Quaint Victorian chemistry gives us an image of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms in a fixed molecule that bounces around from place to place. The reality of water is not so orderly. The hydrogen atoms are not owned by any particular oxygen atom. Water is a substance very much in love with itself, and the atoms connect in webs and clusters where oxygen shares around the hydrogen atoms freely, a fluid situation indeed.

Ian D. Anderson

Source: Ian Lurking Bear

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A Quote by Honoré de Balzac on art, history, humanity, passion, religion, and romance

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

Honore de Balzac (1799 - 1850)

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