Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
The child says nothing but what is heard by the fire.
(Unknown (20th century).)
Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, VIII, 31.)
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).)
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.")