As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves.
So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.
He imagined there had been some misunderstanding between Louis and La Valliere in the park, which had resulted in a slight quarrel; and that the king, who was not ordinarily sulky by disposition, but completely absorbed by his passion for La Valliere, had taken a dislike to every one because his mistress had shown herself offended with him.
exclaimed the king, in tones of cold, vindictive passion.
Although all Vronsky's inner life was absorbed in his passion
, his external life unalterably and inevitably followed along the old accustomed lines of his social and regimental ties and interests.
It was the passions
about whose origin we deceived ourselves that tyrannized most strongly over us.
Not only did his contempories, carried away by their passions
, talk in this way, but posterity and history have acclaimed Napoleon as grand, while Kutuzov is described by foreigners as a crafty, dissolute, weak old courtier, and by Russians as something indefinite- a sort of puppet useful only because he had a Russian name.
You remember that passion
or spirit appeared at first sight to be a kind of desire, but now we should say quite the contrary; for in the conflict of the soul spirit is arrayed on the side of the rational principle.
In the midst of all this feasting and frolicking, a freak of the tender passion
intervened, and wrought a complete change in the scene.
But I suppose that everyone's conception of the passion
is formed on his own idiosyncrasies, and it is different with every different person.
For it is to be considered that this passion
of which we speak, though it begin with the young, yet forsakes not the old, or rather suffers no one who is truly its servant to grow old, but makes the aged participators of it not less than the tender maiden, though in a different and nobler sort.
She had not been many times in the captain's company before she was seized with this passion