Sunday, September 9, 2012 – Enthusiasm

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. ~ Vince Lombardi

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason. ~ Blaise Pascal

Enthusiasm – a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting – it is bad acting with the intent to deceive. ~ Bo Bennett

I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me. ~ H. P. Lovecraft

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. ~ Adam Smith

Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument. ~ George Sand

Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone. ~ E. W. Howe

Just after I entered my teens I suddenly entertained an insatiable enthusiasm for the delightful habit of criticizing others. ~ Loretta Young

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. ~ William Warburton

Enthusiasm and misplaced belief can take you a long way. ~ John Otway

Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

From Sachs to Kristof to Invisible Children to TED, the fastest growth industry in the US is the White Savior Industrial Complex. The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening. The banality of evil transmutes into the banality of sentimentality. The world is nothing but a problem to be solved by enthusiasm. This world exists simply to satisfy the needs – including, importantly, the sentimental needs – of white people and Oprah. ~ Teju Cole

The figure of the enthusiast who has just discovered jogging or a new way to fix tofu can be said to stand or, more accurately, to tremble on the threshold of conversion, as the representative American. ~ Lewis H. Lapham

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. ~ Anatole France

Enthusiasms, like stimulants, are often affected by people with small mental ballast. ~ Minna Antrim

Charisma is the transference of enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Archbold

In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed. ~ William Cowper

Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin. ~ Erasmus

People who never get carried away should be. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. ~ Cyril Connolly

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself. ~ Roland Barthes

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last. ~ Samuel Johnson


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