The will to overcome a passion is in the end merely the will of another or several other passions.
Never underestimate the power of passion.
It is the fate of almost every passion, when it has passed the bounds of which nature prescribes, to counteract its own purpose. Too much rage hinders the warrior from circumspection, too much eagerness of profit hurts the credit of the trader, too much ardour takes away from the lover that easiness of address with […]
The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.
Nothing is more despicable than the old age of a passionate man. When the vigor of youth fails him, and his amusements pall with frequent repetition, his occasional rage sinks by decay of strength into peevishness; that peevishness, for want of novelty and variety, becomes habitual; the world falls off from around him, and he […]
However vast a man’s spiritual resources, he is capable of but one great passion.
Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, As I do thee. (Hamlet)
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.
When the passions become masters, they are vices.