„I don't want to kill anybody. I am passionately opposed to killing, but I'm even more passionately fond of freedom.“
— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus
„I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
"Susan Sontag Finds Romance" http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/02/books/booksspecial/sontag-romance.html?ex=1168146000&en=d224e29f399a3317&ei=5070, interview with by Leslie Garis, The New York Times (2 August 1992)
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
ATV 179; p. 151
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Big Man on Mulberry Street.
„I think the two things most opposed to good counsel are haste and passion; haste usually goes hand in hand with folly, passion with coarseness and narrowness of mind.“
— Thucydides Greek historian and Athenian general 460
Book III, 3.42- (Speech of Diodotus..).
„I'm not gonna help nobody get something my negroes don't have. If I'm gonna die, I'll die now right here fighting you, if I'm gonna die. You my enemy. My enemies are white people, not Viet Congs or Chinese or Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won't even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs, and you want me to go somewhere and fight, but you won't even stand up for me here at home.“
— Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
Regarding the Vietnam War and conscription (1967) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeFMyrWlZ68
„Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1902 - 1983
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Letter to Carl Seelig http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Seelig (11 March 1952), Einstein Archives 39-013
„I suppose I do have one embarrassing passion- I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately.“
— Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Context: The world itself is now dominated by a new spirit. Peoples more numerous and more politically aware are craving and now demanding their place in the sun – not just for the benefit of their own physical condition, but for basic human rights. The passion for freedom is on the rise. Tapping this new spirit, there can be no nobler nor more ambitious task for America to undertake on this day of a new beginning than to help shape a just and peaceful world that is truly humane. We are a strong nation, and we will maintain strength so sufficient that it need not be proven in combat – a quiet strength based not merely on the size of an arsenal, but on the nobility of ideas. We will be ever vigilant and never vulnerable, and we will fight our wars against poverty, ignorance, and injustice – for those are the enemies against which our forces can be honorably marshaled. We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness. Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Our moral sense dictates a clearcut preference for these societies which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights. We do not seek to intimidate, but it is clear that a world which others can dominate with impunity would be inhospitable to decency and a threat to the well-being of all people.