Reason is the first victim of strong emotion.
~ Dune Messiah
by Frank Herbert
"Those who speak of love most promiscuously are the ones who've never felt it. They make some sort of feeble stew out of sympathy, compassion, contempt and general indifference, and they call it love. Once you've felt what it means to love as you and I know it--the total passion for the total height--you're incapable of anything less."
~ The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand
She was now forty years of age, childless, and with that inordinate passion for pleasure which is the secret of remaining young.
~ Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
by Oscar Wilde
He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
~ The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.
~ Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Curiosity is, and has been from the creation of the world, a master-passion. To awaken it, to gratify it by slight degrees, and yet leave something always in suspense, is to establish the surest hold that can be had, in wrong, on the unthinking portion of mankind.
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
"Of all base passions fear is most accurs'd."
~ Henry VI, Part One
by William Shakespeare
His life has been spent in devotion to ideas. The passions of his brain have consumed the passions of his body.
~ The Triumph of the Egg (Seeds)
by Sherwood Anderson
"A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms."
~ The Hand of Ethelberta
by Thomas Hardy
Eustacia Vye was the raw material of a divinity. On Olympus she would have done well with a little preparation. She had the passions and instincts which make a model goddess, that is, those which make not quite a model woman.
~ Return of the Native
by Thomas Hardy