Quotations About / On:
Vanquished, led in irons, consumed by regrets, burnt by more fires than I ever lit.
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Pyrrhus, in Andromache, act 1, sc. 4 (1667).)
Love and hatred are not blind, but are blinded by the fire they bear within themselves.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 333, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 566, "Love and Hate," (1878).)
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).)
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).)
I will follow the good side as far as the fire, but exclusively, if I can.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Useful and the Honorable," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 1, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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).)
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).)