Phrases with "passions"

Jules Verne Nous passions alors entre la Sicile et la côte de Tunis. Dans cet espace resserré entre le cap Bon et le détroit de Messine, le fond de la mer remonte presque subitement. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

George Gissing Thus she was growing up almost entirely ignorant of the pains and the passions which convert earth’s sanctuaries into dreary realms of chaos and black night. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Revenge, which called for innocent blood—the blood of the hapless Julia. Her passions were now wound up to the highest pitch of desperation. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Caroline Lamb His actions appeared the immediate result of impulse; but his passions were all subject to his controul, and there was a systematic consistency even in his most irregular conduct. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Man’s nature, brimful of passions and affections, would have had an home in that little heart, whose swift pulsations hurried towards their close. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Edmund Burke The passions therefore which are conversant about the preservation of the individual turn chiefly on pain and danger, and they are the most powerful of all the passions. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Thomas Hobbes The causes of this difference of wits are in the passions, and the difference of passions proceedeth partly from the different constitution of the body, and partly from different education. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thank Heaven, there are passions worth living for besides love. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells It lies upon my desk, a dead souvenir of the dead ages of the world, of the ancient passions of my heart. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Thomas Hobbes The desires, and other passions of man, are in themselves no sin. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes The passions that incline men to peace are: fear of death; desire of such things as are necessary to commodious living; and a hope by their industry to obtain them. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

No one can express such passions now, for no one can feel them, or meet with any sympathy in his readers if he did. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

G. K. Chesterton This can be quite clearly seen and said without any reference to our several passions or partisanships. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Sir Walter Scott My mother’s judgment had become weaker, but her passions had become more irritable, during her increasing illness. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

She is a creature of passions and impulses, like yourself—a woman who would sacrifice every duty to the promptings of an undisciplined heart. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

A fatal dream—for many a bar Divides thy fate from mine; And still my passions wake and war, But peace be still with thine. Poems 1816-1823 by Byron [1816-1823]

But when it came really to business, his practical instincts, alert and wary, came to his aid against the passions that lay in wait to betray after they ceased to dominate him. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

William Makepeace Thackeray A French boy of sixteen has had des passions ere that time, very likely, and is already particular in his dress, an ogler of the women, and preparing to kill. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

The passions in men’s minds, the preacher said, raged and foamed just like the angry waves of the sea in a storm, until Jesus came to still them. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

I used up most of my passions and energies during the years I’ve mentioned, and though I don’t talk much about it, the chief thing I’ve asked from the world since then is to leave me alone. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Marcel Prous Nous passions devant Marcouville l’Orgueilleuse. Sur son église, moitié neuve, moitié restaurée, le soleil déclinant étendait sa patine aussi belle que celle des siècles. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

The feelings and passions of so many persons, that this attachment would thwart, gave no warning smoke to show their volcanic nature and power. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Walter Scott But what could I do? I was in the power of one whose passions seem as violent as his means of gratifying them appear unbounded. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Thomas Hardy You see, we ought to live in peace and good-will since ’tis almost Christmas, and ’twill prevent angry passions rising, which we always should do. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli On the contrary his impetuous passions seemed to recall the former and more fervent days of his career, and his voluptuous mind dangerously sympathised with the beautiful and luxurious scene. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Sidney Colvin This violence and vehemence—this pugnacity and generosity of disposition—in passions of tears or outrageous fits of laughter—always in extremes—will help to paint Keats in his boyhood. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

When the entanglement of the various passions and motives seems hopeless, an unknown personage presents himself, coming from no one knows where, and it is he who explains everything. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

We forgot that Malcolm and Macduff were mere human beings, acted upon by such simple passions as warmed our own breasts. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Besides, from most other delights, though reason doth not free us, yet other passions very commonly divert us. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Nathaniel Hawthorne His forte lies in moving the passions of those whom he addresses. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Once indeed, the hidden passion instead of finding expression by its choice among the passions of others, shows itself in the most direct way of all, that of dream. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

His passions were powerful, and had been ungoverned. Lodore by Mary Shelley

William Makepeace Thackeray Her countenance is expressive, when she allows her passions to play upon it; and I never saw any face, with so little shade, express so many powerful and varied emotions. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

We are as if exposed naked to the action of passions and events, and receive their influence with keen and fearful sensitiveness. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Leslie Stephen He had too much intellect to be a mere fribble, and had not the strong animal passions of the thorough debauchee. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Maria Edgeworth All the good passions had stimulated him to exertion, and he was rewarded by his own generous feelings. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

That creature, on whose countenance was pictured all the passions of all the fiends, was my own image, mirrored in a glass. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Benjamin Disraeli At present his passions are high. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Caroline Lamb Long before the opportunity for evil presented itself, her uncontrouled passions must have misled her, and her imagination, wild and lawless, must have depraved her heart. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Coconnas, on the contrary, as soon as he opened his eyes, fastened them on La Mole with an expression which proved that the blood he had lost had not modified the passions of his fiery temperament. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Walter Scott The next morning Richard arose with the sun, and his night’s rest appeared to have had its frequent effect, in cooling the passions and correcting the understanding. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

A deeper spell had mastered me; and I lived only in those bowers where deeper passions spoke. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

She felt by intuition the flame of the opposing passions which burned with the blood in the veins of the young fanatic. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

It is the same with the passion for blood as with the passions of love and hate; we have no conception of the violence with which they can rage till circumstances occur which call them into action. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

George Gissing But my passions were choked by my logical faculty. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Ford Madox Ford So those splendid and tumultuous creatures with their magnetism and their passions — those two that I really loved — have gone from this earth. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Leslie Stephen The smoothness of the verses imposes monotony even upon the varying passions which are supposed to struggle in Eloisa’s breast. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Ann Radcliffe The mind of the Baron, in the mean time, was agitated with all the direful passions of hate, revenge, and exulting pride. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

On entering this holy place, the poor penitent was unable to shut the door so close as to prevent the passions he fled from entering with him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

David Hume The imagination is sure to be affected; though the passions excited may not always be so strong and steady as to have great influence on the conduct and behaviour. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

H. G. Wells There is no other sane policy for a man outside his private passions but that. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Daniel Defoe He raises the vapors, and prompts the desires, And to every dark deed holds the candle j The passions inflames, and the appetite fires, And takes everything by the handle. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

His eloquence is forcible and touching; nor can I hear him, when he relates a pathetic incident or endeavours to move the passions of pity or love, without tears. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Victor Hugo Though dream as Gwynplaine would, however, and absorb all meaner passions as he could in the contemplation of Dea and before the tribunal of conscience, he was a man. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It mocks us by exhibiting a new race of men, animated by passions and impulses which are directly the opposite of ours, and yet no nearer happiness than we are. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Thus will I pay my vows to Stygian Jove, And end the cares of my disastrous love; Then cast the Trojan image on the fire, And, as that burns, my passions shall expire. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Ann Radcliffe So various were the fluctuations of his mind, and so rapid the schemes that succeeded each other, that his passions were in a continual state of conflict. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Wilkie Collins I reached the age when the strongest of all the passions seizes on the senses, and asserts its mastery over mind and body alike. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

George Gissing Here rushed along the street a band of women, raving mad with drink and the passions it had aroused, rendering the gift of speech a hideous curse by the language they yelled aloud. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jules Verne As I thought of the deep calm of these elements, compared with all those passions brooding imperceptibly within the Nautilus, I shuddered. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Leslie Stephen The force of the satire depends ultimately upon the vigour with which Swift has described the real passions of human beings, big or little. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

The good old clergyman thought, as he pursued his way, that here at least, in a spot so beautiful and sequestered, the stormy passions and fell contentions of the outer world could scarcely penetrate. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Then, in those soft intervals of lassitude that succeed to excitement — I can weave my spells — excite her interest — attract her passions — possess myself of her heart. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

But one of the pleasantest adventures I ever met with in my life was last night, and it will give you a just idea in what a delicate manner the belles passions are managed in this country. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Anthony Trollope The party broke up from breakfast in perfect harmony, but fierce passions had arisen before the evening which did not admit of their sitting at the same board for dinner. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens In the midst of thunder, lightning, and storm, many tremendous deeds have been committed; men, self-possessed before, have given a sudden loose to passions they could no longer control. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe In the strange anomaly of my existence, feelings with me, had never been of the heart, and my passions always were of the mind. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

D. H. Lawrence Once go down before the God-passion and human passions take their right rhythm. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth I certainly gave her some cause for displeasure that unfortunate evening; for as Olivia has strong passions and exquisite sensibility, I should not have been so abrupt. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Seeing Death so near on one hand, and a chance of escape on the other, seven men proved unable to resist the two great passions of Fear and Hope on a scale so gigantic and side by side. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton How mixed our passions are, and how elastic must be the word that would cover any one of them! Amherst’s, at that moment, were all stained with the deep wound to his self-love. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Horace Walpole The circumstances of his fortune had given an asperity to his temper, which was naturally humane; and his virtues were always ready to operate, when his passions did not obscure his reason. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

William Godwin One of the leading passions of my mind has been an anxious desire not to be deceived. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

It was not such a change as grief alone usually induces, and angrier passions seemed to have had their share in bringing it about. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Willa Cather McKann was told that this was one of the historic passions of old age. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Washington Irving Every one knows the all-pervading influence of literature at the present day, and how much the opinions and passions of mankind are under its control. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Henceforth there was an era from which they dated a new existence; a nucleus around which their thoughts, their remembrances, and their passions clung. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Edmund Burke The passions which concern self-preservation, turn mostly on pain or danger. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their passions and feelings are under control, as the skilful rider keeps his horse in hand; but they are as surely there as is the speed and endurance of the animal. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells Then we shall not be everlastingly hurried on by strikes and wars and passions and meal-times and bed-times. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Jane Austen The high spirit and strong passions of Mrs. Rushworth, especially, were made known to him only in their sad result. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

While all his passions vibrated within him, he appeared to listen with a sad and almost indifferent coldness. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Maria Edgeworth I grant you it must be difficult to hear reason in such a situation — as difficult almost as in the midst of the din of all the passions at the faro-table. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

For years his passions had been like a nerve that the world jarred on; now at last the aching was soothed, and he could yield himself to love that was neither a torment nor a bore. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Virginia Woolf They both feel the need of some more powerful symbol of the vast and slumbering passions in human nature than words or actions can convey. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Hardy The sight of her again kindled all Manston’s passions into activity. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H. G. Wells But the old passions that once burnt, only warm him now, and the old fears and distresses signify nothing. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

She seemed to promise a way of escape from the deepening opposition in me between physical passions and the constructive career, the career of wide aims and human service, upon which I had embarked. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

His passions were strong, his aversions and attachments alike vivid; the force he exerted in holding both in check by no means mitigated an observer’s sense of their vehemence. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Philip Sidney The natural philosopher thereon hath his name; and the moral philosopher standeth upon the natural virtues, vices, or passions of man; and follow nature, saith he, therein, and thou shalt not err. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Jane Austen But how little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue, she could easily conjecture. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Before the awe of a great calamity the small passions of a mean malignity slink abashed. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

William Godwin Human passions are always to a certain degree infectious. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially the same, except that one happens to be seen in a celestial radiance, and the other in a dusky and lurid glow. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

It was a childish love, too; necessarily transient and irrational, as such childish passions are; but not therefore the less real. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Isabella Bird The existence of many of these prints depends on the violent passions which they may excite in their supporters, and frequently the editors are men of the most unprincipled character. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

H. G. Wells The convention that passions and emotions are absent when they are palpably present broke down between Mary and myself, as it breaks down in a thousand other cases, as it breaks down everywhere. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

For very likely in the beginning men wanted speech and articulate voice, to enable them to express clearly at once the passions and the patients, the actions and the agents. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

It would excite the worst passions of our fallen nature, and lead to endless lying and tyranny. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Wilkie Collins They live in idleness and luxury — profligates who gratify their passions without shame and without remorse. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

And in this blessed cause their passions for one another cooled a little, but their affection increased. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Locke In fine, all these passions are moved by things, only as they appear to be the causes of pleasure and pain, or to have pleasure or pain some way or other annexed to them. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ann Radcliffe When the search was over, and he became convinced she was fled, the deep workings of his disappointed passions fermented into rage which exceeded all bounds. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

John Locke Pleasure and pain and that which causes them — good and evil, are the hinges on which our passions turn. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

George Eliot Such passions are never heard of in real life. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Oscar Wilde It was the passions about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannised most strongly over us. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne Rien de plus aveugle que les passions fanatisées. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

John Galsworthy Do you think people’s passions are what they used to be, Dad?” Soames brooded into his hand. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Percy Bysshe Shelley In his presence she felt calmed; and those passions which, in solitude, were almost too fierce for endurance, when with him were softened into a tender though confused delight. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Ann Radcliffe The means she employed to repress the passions of her son, had a contrary effect. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Henry James She was taken into the confidence of passions on which she fixed just the stare she might have had for images bounding across the wall in the slide of a magic-lantern. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

He did not foresee the intimacy that ensued; and still less, that his own violent passions would be called into action. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Ford Madox Ford Along with Edward’s passions and his shame for them went the violent conviction of the duties of his station — a conviction that was quite unreasonably expensive. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

I had won my reputation in Paris as the stolid, unemotional Englishman; a man of iron, a creature without passions or human weaknesses, a calculating machine. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Ann Radcliffe His passions were vehement, and she had the address to bend them to her own purpose; and so well to conceal her influence, that he thought himself most independent when he was most enslaved. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Perrault, if a little beyond such human passions as friendship or affection, was yet endowed with a rich benignity of mind which touched the youth as water upon a parched soil. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Sir Walter Scott I am now a slave, miserable and degraded — the sport of my masters’ passions while I had yet beauty — the object of their contempt, scorn, and hatred, since it has passed away. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Envy is one of the first passions that appears in the human mind. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Before the reappearance of Margaret in my world at all an unwonted disgust with the consequences and quality of my passions had arisen in my mind. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Gissing In her heart there fought passions of which she had not known herself capable; above all a scorn so fierce, that had she but opened her lips it must have uttered itself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Here more than anywhere the mingled melodies of birds expressed the various passions they inspired, as if the exquisite fruits which they pecked at pleasure had given them a double energy. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Maria Edgeworth My imagination was always too powerful, my passions too sincere and too romantic, to be ruled by the opinions of others, or to become the dupe of personal vanity. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Had she not read over and over again in books how soon men’s passions tired? Well, his should tire the quicker. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Henry Kingsley With some men these suddenly-conceived passions last their lives, and, I should be inclined to say longer, were there not strong authority against it. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Benjamin Disraeli I would experience the same passions and be subject to the same feelings, only they should be exercised and influential in a wider sphere. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sigmund Freud As he suspends the exercise of his will, he becomes the toy of all the passions from which, when awake, our conscience, horror, and fear defend us. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Virginia Woolf Now passions that lay in wait down there in the dark weeds which grow at the bottom rise and pound us with their waves. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Scarcely could He command his passions sufficiently, to restrain himself from enjoying her while yet insensible. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

The same yearning of this warm, panting heart, that has made me in written words record my vagabond youth, my serene manhood, and the passions of my soul, makes me now recoil from further delay. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

At length, have done — your way of living beyond your fortune — confine yourself to your own affairs, Damasippus — those thousand passions for the fair, the young. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Anna Katherine Green And yet, who knows! Life’s passions fade when the heart is at peace. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing From the house at Campden Hill he came away in a strangely excited mood; glad, sorry; cold, desirous; torn this way and that by conflict of passions and reasons. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Maria Edgeworth In short, he is under the dominion of an artful fiend, who works as she pleases upon his passions — upon his pride, which is his ruling passion. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

One of Alfred’s earliest literary passions was a love of Byron, and he remembered in after life how as a child he had carved on a rock the woful tidings that his hero was dead. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Richard Burton And though reckless when their passions are thoroughly aroused, though heedless of danger when the voice of honour calls them, the Badawin will not sacrifice themselves for light motives. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edmund Burke The second head to which the passions are referred with relation to their final cause, is society. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Edgar Allan Poe And when he breathes his master-lay Of Alloways witch-haunted wall All passions in our frames of clay Come thronging at his call. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Victoria, her partisan passions thoroughly aroused, imported into her protests a personal vehemence which those of Albert lacked. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

After a war evil passions are loosed, and, since Russia is broken, in her they can make their headquarters. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was an extraordinary fact that many scientific men, when their passions and prejudices were excited, showed a ludicrous disregard for all their own tenets. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Henry James Without accidents he had loved her, without accidents every one had loved her: she had made the passions about her as regular as the moon makes the tides. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

David Hume But the matter never comes to any issue, if trusted to the common method of altercations and debate and flying rumours; especially when men's passions have taken part on either side. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Anthony Trollope The avaricious man will show his avarice as he gets into years, because avarice is a passion compatible with old age,—and will become more avaricious as his other passions fall off from him. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arthur Machen I could never have supposed that such an infernal medley of passions could have glared out of any human eyes; I almost fainted as I looked. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Edmund Burke The second branch of the social passions is that which administers to society in general. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

He doubted his countenance then, fast rein as he held all rebellion in, close shield as he bound to him against his own passions in the breastplate of a soldier’s first duty — obedience. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Percy Bysshe Shelley At last the passions of Matilda, exhausted by their own violence, sank into a deadly calm: she threw the dagger violently from her, and contemplated the terrific scene before her with a sullen gaze. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

For names depend on custom, but the passions on Nature; and these being constant and those variable, this error has arisen. Symposiacs by Plutarch

The sober reasoning of the good father prevailed over the passions of the martial enthusiasts. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Robert Louis Stevenson The purposes of these two arts are so much alike, and they deal so much with the same passions and interests, that we are apt to forget the fundamental opposition of their methods. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells I did not want to be the servant of my passions any more. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

But, I suspect, in all lives there are certain emotional scenes, those in which our passions have been most wildly and terribly roused, that are of all others the most vaguely and dimly remembered. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Clergymen are subject to the same passions as other men; and, as far as I can see, give way to them, in one line or another, almost as frequently. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She had a grand appearance of being raised aloft, with a wide regard, a survey from a height of intelligence, for the great field of the artist, all the figures and passions he may represent. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

By directing your blows at something outside the ordinary passions of humanity is the answer. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

D. H. Lawrence This strange mood of patience and innocence which had persisted in him for some days, was passing away, he would be left again a prey to the horrible passions and tortures. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

It has the passions of faith, of heroism, of aspiration; it has not the passion of love; it belongs to the soul; it has passed by the senses. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing But Arthur’s passions were awakened, and he found a pleasure in the novel sensation of witnessing such scenes. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arnold Bennett She was carried away by her passions; but her passions were noble, marvellous, unique. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Her passions were violent: She spared no pains to gratify them, and pursued with unremitting vengeance those who opposed themselves to her wishes. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Maria Edgeworth It is extremely easy to be philosophic for our friends; but difficult to be so for ourselves when our passions are concerned. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Ivan Turgenev Meanwhile my position had become insupportable; the lowest passions gradually gained possession of my soul; it happened to me to slander Kolosov in Varia’s presence. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Vast city, where reside All glories and all vilenesses; while foul, Yet silent, through the roar of passions rolls The river of the Darling Sin, and bears A life and yet a poison on its tide. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Virginia Woolf By such courageous measures any one, he thought, could end the absurd passions which were the cause of so much pain and waste. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Oh, no! They stood on the naked soil, had traditions to be faithful to, had their feet on this earth of passions and death which is not a hothouse. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Benjamin Disraeli I am to step in, I suppose, as the confidential counsellor on all subjects of sweet May. I am to preserve her from a youth whose passions are so impetuous and whose principles are so unformed. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

John Lewis Burckhard Where no feelings of generosity exist, the baser passions easily find access. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

From that moment she was completely controlled by one of those strange passions in which the heart has no part, but which take entire possession of the brain and lead to the worst of follies. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy But neither can I blind myself to the fact that with a man of passions such as his, there is no safeguard for conduct!” “What have you heard — O Donald, dearest?” said Lucetta in alarm. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence And yet this world of passions and lawlessness was fascinating to her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe In my most ungovernable moods I still retain a sense of propriety, et le chemin des passions me conduit — as Lord Edouard in the “Julie” says it did him — a la philosophie veritable. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

But all that she wished now was to be let alone: all the passions save fear had died right down in her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Ann Radcliffe The passions of the duke were roused, and he became certain that it was Julia of whom they had spoken. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anne Bronte He is healthy, but not robust, full of gentle playfulness and vivacity, already affectionate, and susceptible of passions and emotions it will be long ere he can find words to express. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Maria Edgeworth The subject seemed at first insignificant; but the lady’s method of managing it supplied all deficiencies, and roused all the passions of human nature on the one side or the other. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Stur The natives certainly do not allow strangers to pass through their territory without permission first obtained, and their passions and fears are both excited when suddenly intruded upon. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The passions which have been celebrated for their durability have always been unfortunate. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Walter Scott He has, therefore, the means of arriving at excellence, should he cultivate them sedulously and employ them usefully — should he rule his passions and be guided by his understanding. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

We must now concern ourselves first of all with the court, where certain highly complicated intrigues, and in particular the passions of an unhappy woman are going to decide his fate. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

William Godwin They inflamed the passions of men, and caused them to commit the most unheard-of excesses. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

He was a man of illusions, ministering to passions that uplifted him above the fear of consequences, Young as I was, I understood that, too. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Maria Edgeworth Dr. X— — well aware that the passions have a powerful influence over the body, thought it full as necessary, in some cases, to attend to the mind as to the pulse. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Because, you see, youths are not lightly turned from their mad passions and Bruno is too quick of hand and heavy of wrath — it makes me very anxious. Signa by Ouida

But two strong passions enriched it with warmth and glow, his family affections and his zeal for the common good. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The Bolsheviki are depending upon the passions of the unbridled masses; we have nothing but moral force. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Jack London The relations among the men, strained and made tense by feuds, quarrels and grudges, were in a state of unstable equilibrium, and evil passions flared up in flame like prairie-grass. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Barney had apparently but two passions in life — love of Jefferson Doman, who had once been of some service to him, and love of whisky, which certainly had not. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Ann Radcliffe All the impetuous passions of his nature were roused and inflamed by the discovery of his son in a situation so wretchedly disgraceful. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Edith Wharton My method is that of invigorating the blood by exciting the passions most likely to produce a generous vital ardour. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Neither his fellows, nor his gods, nor his passions will leave a man alone. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

But doubtless his position was not an easy one; passions ran high in the palace; and Victoria was not only very young, she was very headstrong, too. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence But the way of the world was past belief, as he saw the strange entanglement of passions and circumstance and compulsion everywhere, but always the dread insomnia of compulsion. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy Gosh! Dartmoor, where the passions come from — ever been on Dartmoor? Well, they don’t, you know. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

William Makepeace Thackeray And did I blench? Did my estimation for the Princess diminish? No, lovely Amalia! One of the truest passions that ever was inspired by woman was raised in this bosom by that lady. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Thomas Paine THERE is a dignity in the warm passions of a Whig, which is never to be found in the cold malice of a Tory. In the one nature is only heated — in the other she is poisoned. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Edith Wharton But you must take into account men’s passions and weaknesses. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Walter Scott But Providence had prepared a dreadful requital for this keen observer of human passions, who had spent his life in securing advantages to himself by artfully working upon the passions of others. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Henry James You’ll not persuade me, either, that among the people I speak of, characters and passions and motives are not more natural, more complete, more naïf. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

I once had hopes and passions like the rest of mankind — perhaps more ardent than the most. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

David Hume Not to mention, that men of such lively passions are apt to be transported beyond all bounds of prudence and discretion, and to take false steps in the conduct of life, which are often irretrievable. Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion by David Hume