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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Enthusiasm
 
However, ’tis expedient to be wary:
Indifference certes don’t produce distress;
And rash enthusiasm in good society
Were nothing but a moral inebriety.
        Byron—Don Juan. Canto XIII. St. 35.
  1
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest,
Till half mankind were like himself possess’d.
        Cowper—Progress of Error. L. 470.
  2
  Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have really originated. A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.
        Isaac D’Israeli—Literary Character. Ch. XII. Last lines.
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  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
        Emerson—Essay. On Circles. Last Par.
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  Zwang erbittert die Schwärmer immer, aber bekehrt sie nie.
  Opposition embitters the enthusiast but never converts him.
        Schiller—Cabale und Liebe. III. 1.
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Sonderbarer Schwärmer!
  Enthusiast most strange.
        Schiller—Don Carlos. III. 10. 277.
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  Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment.
        Bishop Warburton—Divine Legation. Bk. V. App.
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