The following quotes
illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use these to establish the scope of your
topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing
opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.
"Passion is the
mob of the man, that commits a riot upon his reason."
though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring." Ralph
universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be
useless." Honoré de Balzac
passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for the
time, leave us the weaker ever after." Jonathan
persuades me one way, reason another. I see the better and approve it, but I
follow the worse." Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43
B.C.?A.D. 17/18), Roman poet. Metamorphoses, 7. 19-21.
passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of
intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth."
Honoré De Balzac (1799?1850), French novelist. Narrator, in A Bachelorís
Establishment, originally named Les Célibataires, first part was published as
Les Deux Frères in La Presse (1841); included in the Comédie humaine first
under the title Un Ménage de Garìon and finally as La Rabo.
"The Emerald." The Best American Short Stories 1980. Ed. Stanley Elkin. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin
Company,1980. Pages 1-26.
Como, Mario. "A
Farewell to Public Office." Representative American Speeches 1994-1995.
Ed. Owen Peterson. NY: Dublin, 1995.
Golding, William. Lord of
Puller, Lewis B. Fortunate
Son. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.
Adrienne Rich. The
Introductory Essay to The Work of a Common Woman by Judy Grahn.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
and Civil Disobedience. New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The
Adventuresof Huckleberry Finn.