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Quotations About / On: FIRE

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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).)
  • 35.
    There is a slumbering subterranean fire in nature which never goes out, and which no cold can chill.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Winter Walk" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 167, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
    (James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. "O Black and Unknown Bards," st. 1 (written c. 1907), publ. In Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917). Opening lines.)
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  • 39.
    Fate then is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought;Mfor causes which are unpenetrated.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 40.
    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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