Synonyms: passion, fervor, fire, zeal, ardor
- Passion is a deep, overwhelming emotion.
- Fervor is great warmth and intensity of feeling: "The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal" (William James).
- Fire is burning passion: "In our youth our hearts were touched with fire" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
- Zeal is strong, enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance: "Laurie [resolved], with a glow of philanthropic zeal, to found and endow an institution for ... women with artistic tendencies" (Louisa May Alcott).
- Ardor is fiery intensity of feeling: "the furious ardor of my zeal repressed" (Charles Churchill). (H.G. Wells).
Clearly, the word has some negative connotations. However, all the positive aspects are what I want to experience increasingly in 2010. It was triggered by a quote I've seen floating around quite a bit on the internet lately:
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair,
the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing,and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die." (Dorothy Sayers)