Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.
—John Newton (1725–1807) English Clergyman, Writer
If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.
—Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993) American Clergyman, Self-Help Author
You see me in my most virile moment when you see me doing what I do. When I am directing, a special energy comes upon me … It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive. It is like having sex.
—Federico Fellini (1920–93) Italian Filmmaker
Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed “dignity” to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up.
—B. C. Forbes (1880–1954) Scottish-born American Journalist, Publisher
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies “God in us.”
—Anne Louise Germaine de Stael (1766–1817) French Woman of Letters
Act enthusiastic and you become enthusiastic.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
Enthusiasm is a telescope that yanks the misty, distant future into the radiant, tangible present.
It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth looking at.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
—William Ellery Channing (1780–1842) American Unitarian Theologian, Poet
Enthusiasm. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
—Ambrose Bierce (1842–1913) American Short-story Writer, Journalist
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
Enthusiasm is very good lubrication for the mind.
Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.
Whatever course you have chosen for yourself, it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring to it a sense of the glory of striving, if your sights are set far above the merely secure and mediocre.
—David Sarnoff (1891–1972) American Broadcaster, Businessman
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
Let a man in a garret but bum with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900–44) French Novelist, Aviator
It was dangerous to overflow because we might end up finding ourselves occupied by our loved ones and drowning them with our love and enthusiasm.
—Paulo Coelho (b.1947) Brazilian Songwriter, Novelist
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.
—D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Literary Critic
You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.
—Henry Ford (1863–1947) American Businessperson, Engineer
Enthusiasm: A little thing that makes a BIG difference.
This world belongs to the energetic.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
He who possesses the source of Enthusiasm
Will achieve great things.
Doubt not. You will gather friends around you
As a hair clasp gathers the hair.
—I Ching Ancient Chinese Divination Text
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understanding is warped with enthusiasm.
—John Dryden (1631–1700) English Poet, Literary Critic, Playwright
Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious.
—Virgil (70–19 BCE) Roman Poet
The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
A leader is someone who creates infectious enthusiasm.
—Ted Turner (b.1938) American Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
The person who’s not fired with enthusiasm, usually gets fired otherwise. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
—Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) American Theologian
Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.—It is the real allegory of the tale of Orpheus; it moves stones, and charms brutes.—It is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) English Poet, Literary Critic, Philosopher
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
—Colette (1873–1954) French Novelist, Performer
Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment.
—Owen Feltham (1602–1668) English Essayist
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
—Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95) English Biologist
A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.
—William Hazlitt (1778–1830) English Essayist
The prudent person may direct a state, but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803–73) British Novelist, Poet, Politician
Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to is.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
What is man but his passion?
—Robert Penn Warren (1905–89) American Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic
The passions are the only orators who never fail to persuade.—They are nature’s art of eloquence, the rules of which never fail; and the weakest man, moved by passion, is more eloquent than the strongest who has none.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613–80) French Writer
Our passions are ourselves.
—Anatole France (1844–1924) French Novelist
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s-heart.
—Mencius (c.371–c.289 BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage
I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.
—Oliver Goldsmith (1730–74) Irish Novelist, Playwright, Poet
The mathematics of high achievement—
Begin with a dream.
DIVIDE the problems and conquer them one by one.
MULTIPLY the exciting possibilities in your mind.
SUBTRACT all the negative thoughts to get started.
ADD enthusiasm and determination.
And the RESULT will be the attainment of your goal.
Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire—you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.
—Denis Waitley (b.1933) American Motivational Speaker, Author
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
—Desiderius Erasmus (c.1469–1536) Dutch Humanist, Scholar
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
—Henri Frederic Amiel (1821–81) Swiss Moral Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.
—William Shenstone (1714–63) British Poet, Landscape Gardener
Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite simple and always will be.
Earnestness and sincereness are synonymous.
—Corita Kent (1918–86) American Artist, Graphic Artist, Educator