Quotations About / On: FIRE
You can always see a face in the fire.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 281, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 3, l. 31.
To Bardolph, whose nose is red.)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
It is hard to hate what one has loved, and a half-extinguished fire is soon relit.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Sertorius, in Sertorius, act 1, sc. 3 (1662).)