passion for any object
will ensure success, for the desire
of the end will
point out the means.
passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason
is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel
would not move and without a pilot she would be
all need to look into the dark side of our nature--that's where
the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that
because it holds pieces of us we're busy
denying. -Sue Grafton
By passion I
don't mean sex or desire. I don't mean what happens to you when you
wear Obsession, drive a Porsche Carrera, weigh ninety-six pounds, and are
lusted after by someone with a deep cleft in his chin. I mean the
natural life energy that exists inside each of us, urging growth. A
deep and natural pulse that tells us to live from the inside out, to reach
in and reach out for all that is possible to know, to contribute, and to
receive. I may have lost the feeling of it right now, but I am
beginning to think passion exists in the relationship between things,
between the self and the rest of life, between forces in opposition to
each other, between polarities and paradoxes, between and beyond the river
of either/or that seems to divide so much of our
Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.
Be still when
you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve
got to say, and say it hot. -D.H. Lawrence
Passion will move people
beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their
failures. -Joseph Campbell
I believe that education is
all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and
enthusiasm helps push an educational message.
Without passion we are a
mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock
of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
-Henri Frederic Amiel
Passion has overthrown
tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice
where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was
nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their
horrible lives and build something better, stronger, more
beautiful. -Jim Butcher
The saddest people I've ever
met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all.
Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness
is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it
last. -Nicholas Sparks
If there is no passion in
your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may
be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things
happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you. -T.
There is no greatness
without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete
or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a
businessperson. -Anthony Robbins
A great leader's courage
to fulfill his or her vision comes from passion, not position.
Passion, it lies in all of
us, sleeping. . . waiting. . . and though unwanted, unbidden. It
will stir, open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us;
passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have?
Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the
clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more
than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know
some kind of peace, but we would be hollow. . . Empty rooms shuttered and
dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.
Many of us are afraid to
follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking
risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all
your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure in
the world is to have never really tried. -Robyn
Passion is the love of
turning being into action. It fuels the engine of creation. It changes
concepts to experience. . . Never deny passion, for that is to deny Who
You Are, and Who You Truly Want To Be. -Neale
Passion doesn't come from
business or books or even a connection with another person. It is a
connection to your own life force, the world around you and the spirit
that connects us all. You are the source. Books, work, music,
people, sunsets all provide sparks, but only you can light the fire.
want to know what passion is. I want to feel something
strongly. -Aldous Huxley
makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at
peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when
it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in
No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is
why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and
are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure
that is already rotten. They are the engineers of
Other people think exactly the opposite: they
surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to
find in passion the solutions to all their problems.
They make the other person responsible for their happiness
and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They
are either euphoric because something marvelous has
happened or depressed because something unexpected has
just ruined everything.
Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to
it--which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?
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Don't worry about what the
world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that,
because what the world needs is people who have come
alive. -Howard Thurman
Passion is power.
On the color spectrum from faint interest to rabid obsession, it
is toward the red end of the continuum. Passion is
accompanied by the sound of primal yahoos, castanets in the heart,
the beating of wings. It is the natural exudation of love,
any kind of love, and spills from us like heat from a fire.
Passion is the smelling salts of the soul. Passion's message
is the same one that love brings: follow.
Passion is what we are most deeply curious about,
most hungry for, will most hate to lose in life. It is the
most desperate wish we need to yell down the well of our lives.
It is whatever we pursue merely for its own sake, what we study
when there are no tests to take, what we create though no one may
ever see it. It makes us forget that the sun rose and set,
that we have bodily functions and personal relations that could
use a little tending. It is what we'd do if we weren't
worried about consequences, about money, about making everyone
happy but ourselves. It is whatever we could be tempted to
sell our souls for in order to have a hundred extra years just to
devote to it, whatever fills us with the feeling poet Anne Sexton
was referring to when she said that, "when I'm writing, I
know I'm doing the thing I was born to do." It is what
matters most, whether we're doing it or
not. -Gregg Levoy, Callings
Find the passion. It
takes great passion and great energy to do anything creative.
I would go so far as to say you can't do it without that passion.
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