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All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.

Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) Anglo-Irish novelist and short story writer.

Where the heart lies, let the brain lie also.

Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist.

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.

Our emotions are only ''incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.