Quotations About / On: FIRE

  • 41.
    Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B43. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure.")
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  • 42.
    It takes two flints to make a fire.
    (Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. Laurie, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16 (1869).)
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  • 43.
    In the right stage of the weather a pond fires its evening gun with great regularity.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 333, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau here refers specifically to nearby Flint's Pond in Concord.)
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  • 44.
    How death-cold is literary genius before this fire of life!
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
  • 45.
    The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, sc. 1, l. 23. Portents, he claims, at his birth.)
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  • 46.
    To awake your dormouse valor, to put fire in your heart, and brimstone in your liver.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Fabian, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 19-20. Trying to provoke Sir Andrew to challenge Cesario (Viola); "brimstone" means sulphur.)
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  • 47.
    Keep up the fires of thought, and all will go well.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, September 26, 1859, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 356, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 48.
    The property of rain is to wet and fire to burn.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Corin, in As You Like It, act 3, sc. 2, l. 26-7. The shepherd's common sense.)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    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.)
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