Quotations About / On: FIRE

  • 71.
    One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity.
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Aleksei Petrovich, "A Correspondence," letter, May 2, 1840 (1856).)
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  • 72.
    When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle- field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
    (Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), French general, emperor. Quoted in Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men, "Napoleon," (1850).)
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  • 73.
    Absence cools moderate passions, and inflames violent ones; just as the wind blows out candles, but kindles fires.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 276 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 74.
    The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.
    (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), U.S. jurist. Supreme Court opinion. Schenk v. United States, Baer v. United States, 249 U.S. 52 (1919).)
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  • 75.
    Nothing bad's going to happen to us. If we get fired, it's not failure; its a midlife vocational reassessment.
    (P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).)
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  • 76.
    Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 6, ch. 41 (1876). Said of Mordecai; real name is Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.)
  • 77.
    I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead—the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!
    (J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. Interview (October 30, 1982), Re/Search (no. 8/9, San Francisco, 1984). Ballard was referring to an incident involving the Queen of England in 1981.)
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  • 78.
    There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871-1872). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.)
  • 79.
    Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
    (Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).)
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  • 80.
    Grandfather, you were the pillar of fire in front of the camp and now we are left in the camp alone, in the dark; and we are so cold and so sad.
    (Noa Ben-Artzi Philosof (b. 1978), Israeli student, granddaughter of Yitzak Rabin. (November 7, 1995). Spoken at Rabin's funeral, November 6, 1995, New York Times, p. A11. Rabin, Israel's prime minister, had been assassinated two days earlier.)
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