Quotations About / On: FIRE

  • 41.
    The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, November 18, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 42.
    I've fired my last shot. I think I should have another round in my belt.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. William Leutchtenburg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940, p. 292, Harper & Row (1963). This is what the President told a group of Senators when he was attempting to get the arms embargo legislation repealed. He wished to use the ability of the United States to produce weapons to provide defensive armaments to the European nations threatened by the Axis powers. His appeal fell on deaf ears as they did not believe there would be a war. Six weeks later Hitler attacked Poland.)
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  • 43.
    It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice—there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
    (Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 9 (1989).)
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  • 44.
    The surest route to breeding jealousy is to compare. Since jealousy comes from feeling "less than" another, comparisons only fan the fires.
    (Dorothy Corkville Briggs (20th century), U.S. parent educator. Your Child's Self-Esteem, ch. 7 (1975).)
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  • 45.
    Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
    (Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939), U.S. director, producer, screenwriter. Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), The Conversation, while reviewing tapes of a surveillance operation (1974).)
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  • 46.
    The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Elena Andreevna in Uncle Vanya, act 1.)
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  • 47.
    In dinner talk it is perhaps allowable to fling any faggot rather than let the fire go out.
    (J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie (1860-1937), British playwright. Tommy and Grizel, ch. 3 (1900).)
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  • 48.
    Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male.
    (Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. First published in New York Post (June 16, 1958). "The Revolt of the American Father," pt. 2, The Unfinished Country (1959).)
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  • 49.
    Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 76 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 50.
    The trouble is that no devastating or redeeming fires have ever burnt in my life.... My life began by flickering out.
    (Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891), Russian novelist. Oblomov, in Oblomov, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1859), trans. by David Magarshak (1954).)
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