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Passion (from the Latin verb patior, meaning to suffer or to endure, also related to compatible) is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something.


  • Passion persuades me one way, reason another. I see the better and approve it, but I follow the worse.
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 7. 19-21.
  • Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.
    • Confucius, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 442.
  • Passion very often makes the wisest men fools, and very often too inspires the greatest fools with wit.
  • The ruling passion, be it what it will,
    The ruling passion conquers reason still.
  • The passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
  • For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
    • Honoré de Balzac, ''Les Célibataires (A Bachelor’s Establishment), first part was published as Les Deux Frères in La Presse (1841)
  • Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.
  • 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.
  • A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.
    • T. S. Eliot, Doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 1, Columbia University Press (1964)
  • We should employ our passions in the service of life, not spend life in the service of our passions.
    • Richard Steele, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 442.
  • It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind.
    • T. S. Eliot, Doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.H. Bradley, ch. 1, Columbia University Press (1964)
  • Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want.
  • If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.
  • What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person. Are we not, for most of our lives, marking time? Most of our being is at rest, unlived. In passion, the body and the spirit seek expression outside of self. Passion is all that is other from self. Sex is only interesting when it releases passion. The more extreme and the more expressed that passion is, the more unbearable does life seem without it. It reminds us that if passion dies or is denied, we are partly dead and that soon, come what may, we will be wholly so.
    • John Boorman, Projections, entry for May 16, 1991, eds. John Boorman and Walter Donohue (1992)
  • Connect with all the passions people have - for themselves, their families and their wider world - and they'll follow you to the ends of the earth. They will spread goodwill about your business, work hard for you, and buy your products, services and stock with pride. You will attract the best people, form highly motivated teams, collect loyal customers, sell the strongest brands with the greatest purpose and highest values, promising a better future.
  • Discover your divine assignment and you have no reason to retreat. Discover your passion and you laugh in the face of defeat.


  • God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.

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by Charlotte Brontë
From Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846)

Some have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;
Could I gain thy love to-night,
I'd hazard death to-morrow.

Could the battle-struggle earn
One kind glance from thine eye,
How this withering heart would burn,
The heady fight to try!

Welcome nights of broken sleep,
And days of carnage cold,
Could I deem that thou wouldst weep
To hear my perils told.

Tell me, if with wandering bands
I roam full far away,
Wilt thou to those distant lands
In spirit ever stray?

Wild, long, a trumpet sounds afar;
Bid me--bid me go
Where Seik and Briton meet in war,
On Indian Sutlej's flow.

Blood has dyed the Sutlej's waves
With scarlet stain, I know;
Indus' borders yawn with graves,
Yet, command me go!

Though rank and high the holocaust
Of nations steams to heaven,
Glad I'd join the death-doomed host,
Were but the mandate given.

Passion's strength should nerve my arm,
Its ardour stir my life,
Till human force to that dread charm
Should yield and sink in wild alarm,
Like trees to tempest-strife.

If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
Darest thou turn aside?
Darest thou then my fire reprove,
By scorn, and maddening pride?

No--my will shall yet control
Thy will, so high and free,
And love shall tame that haughty soul--
Yes--tenderest love for me.

I'll read my triumph in thine eyes,
Behold, and prove the change;
Then leave, perchance, my noble prize,
Once more in arms to range.

I'd die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life's dull dregs only lie.

Then Love thus crowned with sweet reward,
Hope blest with fulness large,
I'd mount the saddle, draw the sword,
And perish in the charge!

PD-icon.svg This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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See also passion



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Passion f. (genitive Passion, plural Passionen)

  1. (fervor) passion
  2. (Christianity) Passion


Derived terms

  • (fervor): passioniert
  • (Christianity): Passionsevangelium, Passionsdarstellung, Passionsgeschichte, Passionsspiel, Passionszeit

Related terms

Bible wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki

Only once found, in Acts 1:3, meaning suffering, referring to the sufferings of our Lord.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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