Quotations About / On: FIRE

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    The embers glowing in his bosom could set the world on fire, but they cannot warm the heart of a single human being.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1808-1810).)
  • 34.
    Killers, huh? I'd trade the pair of you for a good Camp Fire Girl.
    (Daniel Taradash (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter. Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster), From Here To Eternity, after preventing a fight between Maggio (Frank Sinatra) and Fatso (Ernest Borgnine) (1953).)
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  • 35.
    The child says nothing but what is heard by the fire.
    (Unknown (20th century).)
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  • 36.
    Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
    (Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, VIII, 31.)
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  • 37.
    At certain times, men regard poetry merely as a bright flame, but to women it was, and always will be, a warm fire.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Album Leaf", Poems (1830).)
  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 65 (1951).)
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  • 40.
    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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