Quotes for
the Journey:

Passion

   
  
A strong passion for any object
will ensure success, for the desire
of the end will point out the means.

William Hazlitt

   

Our 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 lost.     -unattributed

   

We 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 world.     -Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
   
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life.     -Federico Fellini
    
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what youve 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.     -Steve Irwin
  
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
   
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.      -Benjamin Franklin
   
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. Alan Armstrong
   
There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether its 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.     -John Maxwell
   
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 wed know some kind of peace, but we would be hollow. . . Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion wed be truly dead.      -Joss Whedon
   

  
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 Allan
   
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 Donald Walsch
   
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.      -Jennifer James
    
I want to know what passion is.  I want to feel something strongly.      -Aldous Huxley
   
Passion 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 its path.

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 the superseded.

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?

I don't know.

Paulo Coelho
Eleven Minutes
  

  

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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.     -Agnes DeMille
  

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