“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.

No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.

Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.

Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it – which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?

I don’t know.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes



13 thoughts on “Passion

  1. As always the middle way is the best…probably…

  2. I have never read this gentleman’s work, though I have heard of The Alchemist and I noticed his quotes are quite popular on the net. I agree with you in the fact that the middle road is best.

  3. Very true indeed! Thank you for sharing~ Cheers!! 😀

  4. Another Coelho gem cherry-picked with inspired precision!

  5. Its amazing you shared absolutely true facts on passion… Keep it up 🙂

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