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Published Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 10:31 PM EDT
Jul 12 2014

Purple Passion was a rather unremarkable carbonated soft drink marketed by Canada Dry in the 1960s and 1970s. The flavor varied from bottling plant to bottling plant; what was consistent was the purple food coloring. I remember drinking it regularly in 1971 when I was a senior in high school. The mom and pop store we frequented at lunch time priced it a nickel less than Coke and Pepsi.

Its name and quasi-psychedelic packaging were primarily responsible for its success. Canada Dry presciently registered "Purple Passion" as a trademark in 1965, two years before San Francisco's 'Summer of Love'. Most reports indicate the brand disappeared in the late 70s. The trademark expired in the late '80s.

Collectors rate the cans as neither particularly rare nor valuable; the going rate for a specimen in good condition is about $5.


A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility.
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

A man is to be cheated into passion, but reasoned into truth.
-John Dryden

A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
-John Locke

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
-G.M. Trevelyan

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
-Francis Ford Coppola

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
-Rita Mae Brown

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

Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.
-Cory Booker

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
-Oscar Wilde

Chase your passion, not your pension.
-Denis Waitley

Desire to know how and why,-curiosity: so that man is distinguished not only by his reason, but also by this singular passion, from all other animals.
-Thomas Hobbes

Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion of great hearts.
-James Russell Lowell

Even though much provoked, let us do nothing through passion and ill temper.
-Abraham Lincoln

Every great wave of popular passion that rolls up on the prairies is dashed to spray when it strikes the hard rocks of Manhattan.
-H.L. Mencken

Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.
-John Adams

Good sex and good fishing both require passion.
-Paul Quinnett

If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In America the absence of honest passion is a distinguishing feature of both professional wrestling and politics.
-Murray Kempton

In government offices which are sensitive to the vehemence and passion of mass sentiment public men have no sure tenure. They are in effect perpetual office seekers, always on trial for their political lives, always required to court their restless constituents.
-Walter Lippmann

Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
-Leonardo da Vinci

Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.
-Giovanni Casanova

Man is not a rational animal. He is only truly good or great when he acts from passion.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
-George Santayana

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.
-Alexander Hamilton

Modesty is the artifice of actors, similar to passion in call girls.
-Jackie Gleason

Most marriages recognize this paradox: Passion destroys passion; we want what puts an end to wanting what we want.
-John Fowles

Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds.
-Rachel Carson

No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
-Virginia Woolf

Our passion for form expresses our yearning to make the world adequate to our needs and desires, and, more important, to experience ourselves as having significance.
-Rollo May

Passion gives me moments of wholeness.
-Anaïs Nin

Passion goes, Boredom remains.
-Coco Chanel

Passion is a rather frightening thing because if you have passion you don't know where it will take you.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Passion is destructive; if it does not destroy, it dies.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
-Jean Iris Murdoch

Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute: neither faith nor passion suffices in itself.
-Paul Kurtz

The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine.
-George Sand

The fact is that love is of two kinds- one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
-Honoré de Balzac

The fault lieth altogether in the dogmatics, that is to say, those that are imperfectly learned, and with passion press to have their opinion pass everywhere for truth.
-Thomas Hobbes

The free expression of opinion, as experience has taught us, is the safety-valve of passion. The noise of the rushing steam, when it escapes, alarms the timid; but it is the sign that we are safe.
-William Gladstone

The introduction of religious passion into politics is the end of honest politics, and the introduction of politics into religion is the prostitution of true religion.
-Lord Hailsham

The passion to interpret as madness that with which we disagree seems to have infected the best of contemporary minds.
-Thomas Szasz

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
-Frederico Fellini

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.
-Georges Clemenceau

To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
-Albert Camus

We must act out passion before we can feel it.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
-John Dryden

When one great passion seizes possession of the soul all other feelings are crowded out.
-Lucy Maud Montgomery

Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities.
-David Hume

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.

You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable, and your freedom less complete.
-Benjamin Disraeli

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