I can’t end a day without checking that I still know my favorite passages of Passions of the Soul by Descartes by heart. Why? It works. The whole point is that you cannot fight your passions. If you are scared, you cannot pretend you’re not scared. If you are in love, you can’t pretend you are not in love. But if you are scared, you can use the passion of courage to fight fear. The main important thing in Descartes is about generosity. He says generosity is the decision to use your mind and reason as well as you can in each situation.
— Antonin Baudry