Passions are the gales of life.
— Alexander Pope

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
Alexander Pope gale quote

I did not obey your instructions. No. I conformed to the instructions of truth and Nature, and maintained your interest, against your opinions, with a constancy that became me. A representative worthy of you ought to be a person of stability. I am to look, indeed, to your opinions,but to such opinions as you and I must have five years hence. I was not to look to the flash of the day. I knew that you chose me, in my place, along with others, to be a pillar of the state, and not a weathercock on the top of the edifice, exalted for my levity and versatility, and of no use but to indicate the shiftings of every fashionable gale.
— Edmund Burke

One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land And on the strangest sea, Yet never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.
— gale quotation by Emily Dickinson