An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Compassion is no substitute for justice.


Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)


When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account.


Haniel Long (1888-1956, American author, poet, journalist)


It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered from a disappointed passion. Such wounds always leave a scar.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.


Erwin W. Lutzer (American minister)


There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.


Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)


A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


If someone notices a child about to fall in a well, he will definitely feel alarmed and compassionate. This is not caused by the person's desire to be rewarded by the child's parents, nor is it caused by the desire to be applauded by the community, nor is it caused by the dread of guilty feelings. So therefore, it can be concluded that no person is naturally due to their human nature] without the feeling of compassion, no person is without the feeling of shame, no person is without the feeling of courtesy, and no person is without the feeling of having a conscience.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


Passions spin the plot: We are betrayed by what is false within.


George Meredith (1828-1909, British author)


The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with.


Myriam Miedzian (American actor)


Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


None, but people of strong passion are capable of rising to greatness.


Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau (1749-1791, French revolutionary politician, orator)


Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, when the hot water gives out or goes tepid, so is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion, o my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


Compassion is born when we discover in the center of our own existence not only that God is God and man is man, but also that our neighbor really is our fellow man.


Henri Nouwen (Christian author)


Compassion is born when we discover in the center of our own existence not only that God is God and man is man, but also that our neighbor really is our fellow man.


Henri Nouwen (Christian author)


Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


You must be holy in the way God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify your everyday life.


St. Vincent Pallotti


Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


When some passion or effect is described in a natural style, we find within ourselves the truth of what we hear, without knowing it was there.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Passion is the mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working for the wrong thing.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Each citizen should play his part in the community according to his individual gifts.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Passions are the gales of life.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


If Heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Sympathy doesn't provide food, but it makes hunger more endurable.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


I'm very determined and stubborn. There's a desire in me that makes me want to do more and more, and to do it right. Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.


Mary Lou Retton (1968-, American Olympic gymnast, speaker)


Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Live with passion!


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Passion is the genesis of genius.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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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 (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.


Theodore I. Rubin


When men are rightfully occupied, then their amusement grows out of their work as the color petals out of a fruitful garden.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


We must act out passion before we can feel it.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.


Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, British author)


Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.


Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984, American author)


All people are endowed with the faculty of compassion, and for this reason can develop the humanitarian spirit.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It is impossible to fulfill the law concerning love for Me, God eternal, apart from the law concerning love for your neighbors.


St. Catherine of Siena


I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.


Mary Decker Slaney (1958-, American track athlete)


I was born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.


Mary Decker Slaney (1958-, American track athlete)


Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.


Eugene W. Smith


Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.


Bishop Robert South (1634-1716, British clergyman)


An emotion ceases to be a passion as soon as we form a clear and distinct idea of it.


Baruch Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher and theologian)


Whenever I get to a low point, I go back to the basics. I ask myself, "Why am I doing this?" It comes down to passion.


Lyn St. James (1947-, American race car driver)


As we mature spiritually, we exhibit a growing capacity to care for and appreciate one another in the body of Christ, regardless of our differences.


Joseph Stowell


Being part of an agenda beyond ourselves liberates us to complement each other rather than compete with each other.


Joseph Stowell


Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.


Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher)


Do what you love. Know you own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.


Chogyam Trungpa


Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883, American feminist, anti-slavery advocate)


A man like Verdi must write like Verdi.


Author Unknown


Bloom where you are planted.


Author Unknown


Compassion is our way of sharing the pain of others.


Author Unknown


Compassion is your pain in my heart.


Author Unknown


He who feels no compassion will become insane.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


Passion is the trigger of success.


Author Unknown


Sentimentality comes easy. But caring is hard; it involves doing.


Author Unknown


Service is nothing but love in work clothes.


Author Unknown


Service isn't a big thing. It's a million little things.


Author Unknown


The happiness in this life does not consist of being devoid of passion, but mastering them.


Author Unknown


Some people are more turned on by money than they are by love. In one respect, they are alike. They are both wonderful as long as they last.


Abigail Van Buren (1918-, American advice columnist, "Dear Abby")


There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it, and you can.


David Viscott (1938-, American author, speaker, trainer)


Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Chase your passion, not your pension.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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She is so totally absorbed in a vocation -- both a gift and a mastering passion -- that she has no time to be absorbed with the self's worries about itself. And that is the moral of the story: You can pursue happiness by wearing a torn jersey.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


Unconcern asks: `Am I my brother's keeper?' Compassion proclaims: 'I am my neighbor's brother!'


William A. Ward


To know your ruling passion, examine your castles in the air.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.


Wilbur Wright (1867-1912, American inventor, aviation pioneer, brother of Orville Wright)


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