Many writers are neither spirit nor wine, but rather spirits- of-wine: they can catch fire, and then they give off heat.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 597, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 101, "Spirits-of-Wine Authors," (1880).)
The weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1899. The aggrieved stranger, in "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," p. 426, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
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This is what the President told a group of Senators when he was attempting to get the arms embargo legislation repealed.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.)