Great designs are not accomplished without enthusiasm of some sort.—It is the inspiration of everything great.— Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
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.
Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely to be met with in seasons of calm and unruffled prosperity.—It flourishes in adversity, kindles in the hour of danger, and awakens to deeds of renown.—The terrors of persecution only serve to quicken the energy of its purposes.—It swells in proud integrity, and, great in the purity of its cause, it can scatter defiance amidst hosts of enemies.
All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.
Enlist the interests of stern morality and religious enthusiasm in the cause of political liberty, as in the time of the old Puritans, and it will be irresistible.
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest, till half mankind were, like himself, possest.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Truth is never to be expected from authors whose understandings are warped with enthusiasm; for they judge all actions and their causes by their own perverse principles, and a crooked line can never be the measure of a straight one.
Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.—Nothing great was ever achieved without it.
Enthusiasm is an evil much less to be dreaded than superstition.—Superstition is the disease of nations; enthusiasm, that of individuals.—The former grows inveterate by time; the latter is cured by it.
Enthusiasts soon understand each other.
The enthusiasm of old men is singularly like that of infancy.
Opposition always inflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies" God in us."
An excess of excitement, and a deficiency of enthusiasm, may easily characterize the same person or period. Enthusiasm is grave, inward, self-controlled; mere excitement is outward, fantastic, hysterical, and passing in a moment from tears to laughter; from one aim to its very opposite.
Let us recognize the beauty and power of true enthusiasm; and whatever we may do to enlighten ourselves or others, guard against checking or chilling a single earnest sentiment.