„To play without passion is inexcusable!“
Not found in Beethoven's known works. It may be a summary of the following description of Beethoven from his piano pupil Ferdinand Ries: "When I left out something in a passage, a note or a skip, which in many cases he wished to have specially emphasized, or struck a wrong key, he seldom said anything; yet when I was at fault with regard to the expression, the crescendo or matters of that kind, or in the character of the piece, he would grow angry. Mistakes of the other kind, he said were due to chance; but these last resulted from want of knowledge, feeling or attention. He himself often made mistakes of the first kind, even playing in public."
Variante: To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable
„The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.“
— Robinson Jeffers American poet 1887 - 1962
"Be Angry At The Sun" (1941)
„Without passion, you don't have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
As quoted in Social Networking for Authors: Untapped Possibilities for Wealth (2009) by Michael Volkin, p. 60
„Play with passion and heart. If you don't carry passion into sport -- or in any job for that matter -- you won't succeed.“
— Phil Esposito Canadian ice hockey player 1942
Quoted in Andrew Podnieks, "One on One with Phil Esposito," http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/spot_oneononep198401.htm Legends of Hockey.net (2002-02-18).
— Mary Robinette Kowal American writer and puppeteer 1969
Chapter 15 (p. 192)
Shades of Milk and Honey (2010)
„Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
— Patrick Dixon, buch Building a Better Business
Building a Better Business (2005)
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, buch Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Often abbreviated to: Nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.
Variant translation: We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm.
Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832), Volume 1
Variante: We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
Kontext: We assert then that nothing has been accomplished without interest on the part of the actors; and — if interest be called passion, inasmuch as the whole individuality, to the neglect of all other actual or possible interests and claims, is devoted to an object with every fibre of volition, concentrating all its desires and powers upon it — we may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.
„If you can find something that you're really passionate about, whether you're a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.“
— Marissa Mayer American business executive and engineer, former ceo of Yahoo! 1975
„But the passion of jealousy cannot exist without the passion of love, and is like its parent, creative, impetuous, and credulous.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Monthly Magazine
— Ludwig Van Beethoven German Romantic composer 1770 - 1827
— Donald Miller, buch Blue Like Jazz: nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
— Joseph Conrad, buch The Secret Agent
The Secret Agent (1907)
Kontext: All passion is lost now. The world is mediocre, limp, without force. And madness and despair are a force. And force is a crime in the eyes of the fools, the weak and the silly who rule the roost. You are mediocre. Verloc, whose affair the police has managed to smother so nicely, was mediocre. And the police murdered him. He was mediocre. Everybody is mediocre. Madness and despair! Give me that for a lever, and I'll move the world. Ossipon, you have my cordial scorn. You are incapable of conceiving even what the fat-fed citizen would call a crime. You have no force.
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„I have a passion for playing tennis and enjoy the workload and struggles of performing in this amazing global sport.“
— Sania Mirza Indian tennis player 1986
In Zee News: Winning Grand Slams is Sania's motivation after London Games http://zeenews.india.com/sports/tennis/winning-grand-slams-is-sania-s-motivation-after-london-games_747629.html, Zee News, August 17, 2012,
„He who studies without passion will never become anything more than a pedant. We must approach knowledge from the inside; inspired by passion.“
— Stefan Zweig Austrian writer 1881 - 1942
Confusion of Feelings or Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R. Von D (1927)
„The passions are the only advocates which always persuade. They are a natural art, the rules of which are infallible; and the simplest man with passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent without.“
— François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Les passions sont les seuls orateurs qui persuadent toujours. Elles sont comme un art de la nature dont les règles sont infaillibles; et l'homme le plus simple qui a de la passion persuade mieux que le plus éloquent qui n'en a point.
Variant translation: The passions are the only orators who always persuade. They are like a natural art, of which the rules are unfailing; and the simplest man who has passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent man who has none.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
„By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man.“
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
Collected Plays (1958) Introduction, Section 7
Kontext: By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings.
„Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God idea, not God Himself.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936