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If you prefer smoke over fire then get up now and leave. For I do not intend to perfume your mind's clothing with more sooty knowledge. (Adyashanti)

It is one thing to touch a flame and know it is hot, but quite another to jump into that flame and be consumed by it. (Adyashanti)

It takes two flints to make a fire. (Louisa May Alcott)

What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open-wood-fire? (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

Paint like your hair's on fire. (Scott Lloyd Anderson)

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. (Maya Angelou)

I could get some of that old fire back / Almost be excited lost in wonder / Totally unfrightened thinking / What's going to happen today... (Tony Anony)

Such fire was not by water to be drown'd, / Nor he his nature changed by changing ground. (Ludovico Ariosto)

We cannot kindle when we will / The fire which in the heart resides, / The spirit bloweth and is still, / In mystery our soul abides. (Matthew Arnold)

Desire is a bonfire that burns with greater fury, asking for more fuel... (Sathya Sai Baba)

Jonathan is that brilliant little fire that burns within us all, that lives only for those moments when we reach perfection. (Richard Bach)

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us. (Gaston Bachelard)

Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Throw a theory into the fire; it only spoils life. (Mikhail Bakunin)

-painter's New Year's resolutions...
I resolve to burn with the fire of creativity every waking hour. (Francis Baldwin)

The moon is brighter since the barn burned. (Matsuo Basho)

Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

- Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom...
Five moves, they say, equal a fire. But those who haven't moved may begin to need a fire. (Mary Catherine Bateson)

Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back. (Samuel Beckett)

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman. (Ludwig van Beethoven)

The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire - the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more one shall obtain. (Helena P. Blavatsky)

My dream is to show the fire which comes out of the horses' nostrils; the dust which rises from their hooves. I want this to be an infernal waltz. (Rosa Bonheur)

One afternoon, when I was four years old, my father came home, and he found me in the living room in front of a roaring fire, which made him very angry. Because we didn't have a fireplace. (Victor Borge)

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. (Hal Borland)

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all... (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. (Charles Bukowski)

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it. (Charles Bukowski)

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. (Abigail van Buren)

Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own. (Edmund Burke)

Gie me a spark o' Nature's fire, / That's a' the learning I desire. (Robert Burns)

As hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world. (George W. Bush)

When a picture isn't realized, you pitch it in the fire and start another one! (Paul Cezanne)

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

Only love can penetrate all your karmas and resistances and set your heart on fire with the awareness of its true nature. (Gurumayi Chidvilasananda)

If you aren't feeding the fire of anger or the fire of craving by talking to yourself, then the fire doesn't have anything to feed on. (Pema Chodron)

A visual experience is vitalizing. Whereas to write great poetry, to draw continuously on one's inner life, is not merely exhausting, it is to keep alight a consuming fire. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

- Stoking the Creative Fires...
But what if your fire is not burning well or, worse, has gone out? Without inner fire, you have no light, no heat, no desire... there's only one way out - and that's through the dark woods. You must change your life. (Phil Cousineau)

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. (Stephen R. Covey)

Avarice, envy, pride, / Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all / On Fire. (Dante)

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. (Dante)

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. (T. S. Eliot)

The way of self-igniting is working when you don't want to. Your feelings will prevail over your self-control, so you must be strong... Mixed feelings are great for lack of control. (Enviado)

I watched cartoons when I was a kid... and both comics and cartoons lit fire in my imagination. (Nathan Fillion)

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. (Ferdinand Foch)

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. (Benjamin Franklin)

When the heart is afire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth. (Thomas Fuller)

Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire. (Thomas Fuller)

Husbands are like fires - they go out when unattended. (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

How can we extinguish a fire if we don't first cut off the fuel that ignites the inferno? (Arun Gandhi)

How to re-light the fire the very ashes of which are scattered? (Paul Gauguin)

Ignis reddit - Fire restores. (Kjerkius Gennius, 36BC)

I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say. (Ellen Glasgow)

- Shaman...
He was too literal. He lacked the vital imagination, the misty vision. 'You have the heat but lack the flame.' (Noah Gordon)

The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men, and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. (Glenn Gould)

-on J.M.W. Turner...
He genuinely tried to create pictures that looked like other artists' pictures, but he always ended up filling them with his own fireworks... through his failure to mimic those whom he admired... he ended up realising his own genius and his own destiny. (Andrew Graham-Dixon)

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)

I encourage all you superior seekers in the secret depths to devote yourselves to penetrating and clarifying the self, as earnestly as you would put out a fire on the top of your head. (Hakuin)

Burn them at the wood stove. (Lawren Harris)

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire. (Hermann Hesse)

Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

-metal sculptor, New Year's resolutions...
I resolve to stop setting myself on fire. (Adam Homan)

This bright wood-fire /So like to that which warmed and lit /My youthful days - how doth it flit / Back on the periods nigher, / Relighting and rewarming with its glow / The bright scenes of my youth - all gone out now. (Ellen Sturgis Hooper)

Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements. (Harry Houdini)

Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline. (Harry Houdini)

In all feats of fire-eating it should be noted that the head is thrown well back, so that the flame may pass out of the open mouth instead of up into the roof... (Harry Houdini)

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. (Victor Hugo)

There is in every woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. (Washington Irving)

God, on the other side of my table, composes His book whose smoke envelops me: for the flame of my candle is His pen. (Edmond Jabes)

- Moominpappa at Sea...
The lamp sizzled as it burned. It made everything seem close and safe, a little family circle they all knew and trusted. Outside this circle lay everything that was strange and frightening, and the darkness seemed to reach higher and higher and further and further away, right to the end of the world. (Tove Jansson)

Do they know they're old, these two who are my father and my mother whose fire from which I came, has now grown cold? (Elizabeth Jennings)

Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all. (Samuel Johnson)

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil. (Franklin P. Jones)

You're an old-timer if you can remember when setting the world on fire was a figure of speech. (Franklin P. Jones)

We are sparks that must glow as brightly as possible. (Asger Jorn)

The struggle and the sense of satisfaction at a job well done are essential in keeping the creative fires burning. (Sidney Julius)

The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. (Franz Kafka)

We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness. (Abdul Kalam)

A man must go on a quest / to discover the sacred fire / in the sanctuary of his own belly / to ignite the flame in his heart / to fuel the blaze in the hearth / to rekindle his ardor for the earth (Sam Keen)

- On the Road...
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. (Jack Kerouac)

It is stern work, it is perilous work to thrust your hand in the sun / And pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men. (Joyce Kilmer)

A certain fire pretends to be alive; it awakens. Working its way along the hand as a conductor, it reaches the support and engulfs it; then a leaping spark closes the circle it was to trace, coming back to the eye and beyond. (Paul Klee)

I made the flames lick the surface of the painting in such a way that is recorded the spontaneous traces of the fire. But what is it that provokes in me this pursuit of the impression of fire? Why must I search for its traces? (Yves Klein)

Why are some people born with a fire in the belly, while others need something to get their pilot light lit? (Jeffrey Kluger)

Entertain the idea, reflect upon it, add fuel to that tiniest of flames, and it will become a wonderfully robust fire. But you must begin by recognizing that fleeting thought is indeed a spark that holds potential to develop into a flame. (Jackie Knott)

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. (Ann Landers)

How close we are in behavior to moths attracted to the flame. Trying not to burn out too quickly. (Jamie Lavin)

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. (Bruce Lee)

There are too many ironies in the fire. (John Leonard, critic)

I work in bursts of energy... like mad fires let loose into nervous breakdowns. And it affected everyone in my life. Perhaps it was God's design to give me a wife who was trained as a psychiatric nurse. (Alfredo Liongoren)

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Sometimes it is best to burn paintings that just don't burn. (David Louis)

- Long Walk to Freedom, 1994...
Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished. (Nelson Mandela)

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth. (Mignon McLaughlin)

-letter to Wilhelm Taubert, August 27, 1831...
And do you agree with me, that the first condition of an artist should be to bear respect toward what is great, and to bow to it and acknowledge it and not attempt to extinguish great flames for the sake of making his own rushlight burn more brightly? (Felix Mendelssohn)

Not till the fire is dying in the grate, / Look we for any kinship with the stars. (George Meredith)

-on Vincent Van Gogh...
Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation. (Thomas Merton)

The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. (Thomas Merton)

Rekindle your creative fire by making time to play. (Mari Messer)

What we do, if we are successful, is to stir interest in the matter at hand, awaken enthusiasm for it, arouse a curiosity, kindle a feeling, fire up the imagination. (Julius Sumner Miller)

Like the darkness of night creeping in and out at the edges of a campfire, the space between reminds me of drawing. (Wes Mills)

The fire that burns in the social, psychological and spiritual dimensions of humanity can ruin the world. Or this fire can transform trouble into community. It's up to us. We can avoid contention, or we can fearlessly sit in the fire, intervene and prevent... errors from being repeated. (Thomas Arnold Mindell)

For me, a picture should be like sparks. It must dazzle like the beauty of a woman or a poem. It must have radiance; it must be like those stones which Pyrenean shepherds use to light their pipes. (Joan Miro)

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness. (Joan Miro)

...I had so much fire in me and so many plans... (Claude Monet)

Satsang is the invitation to step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will burn only what you are not. (Mooji)

-on taking up painting...
Don't do it unless your house has caught fire. (Kelly Moore)

You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within. (Bob Nelson)

To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. (Pablo Neruda)

As if you were on fire from within. (Pablo Neruda)

But on one man's soul it hath broken, / A light that doth not depart; / And his look, or a word he hath spoken, / Wrought flame in another man's heart. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy)

Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Yes indeed. (Mary Oliver)

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot. (George Orwell)

Once you start dropping thoughts, the dust that you have collected in the past, the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young. Your whole life becomes a flame, and a flame without any smoke. That is what awareness is. (Osho)

The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool. (Ovid)

The fire first has to be laid before the match can be put to it. (P. K. Page)

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life. (Walter Pater)

In every man's life there lies latent energy. There is, however, a spark that, if kindled, will set the whole being afire, and he will become a human dynamo, capable of accomplishing almost anything to which he aspires. (James Cash Penney)

If it's a problem of fire, fire might very well be the answer. (Philippe Petit)

-to Lockerbie residents after plane bombing, 1993...
People say after a fire it's water damage that's the worst. We're still drying out Windsor Castle. (Prince Philip)

When you come right down to it, all you have is yourself. Yourself is a sun with a thousand fires in your belly. The rest is nothing. (Pablo Picasso)

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. (Plutarch)

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, / And taught the world with reason to admire. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Wow, what a hot button topic this is, Mr. Genn! I think you are having a little fun with us - setting a fire under our sorry 'you know whats.' (Frances Poole)

No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. (Ezra Pound)

Though the flame be put out, the wick remains. (Buddhist proverb)

Fight fire with fire. (English proverb)

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves. (Italian proverb)

Burn not your house to rid it of the mouse. (Latin proverb)

Crooked logs make straight fires. (Latin proverb)

Don't have too many irons in the fire. (Latin proverb)

Tunc tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet. It also concerns you when the nearest wall is burning. (Latin proverb)

Where there's smoke, there's fire. (Latin proverb)

If you but knew the flames that burn in me which I attempt to beat down with my reason. (Alexander Pushkin)

Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond. (Ramakrishna)

As a piece of rope, when burnt, retains its form, but cannot serve to bind, so is the ego which is burnt by the fire of supreme Knowledge. (Ramakrishna)

- Atlas Shrugged...
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. (Ayn Rand)

Spontaneous painting lights my fire. (Laury Ravenstein)

Hello, the fire! (Dan Rice)

It is the fire that gives us our shape. (M. C. Richards)

Produce, edit and burn. (Norman Ridenour)

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire, and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. (Auguste Rodin)

Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it. (Rumi)

Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire. A mystic sits inside the burning. There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch. But it's a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight. Stay here at the flame's core. (Rumi)

Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire. (Rumi)

- A Private History of Awe...
Life is precarious and improbable, a flame in matter, easily snuffed out. Nature shows no regard for the individual spark, in this creature or that, but only for the spreading of the fire, like an ember passed from cell to cell. (Scott Russell Sanders)

Books can ignite fires in your mind, because they carry ideas for kindling, and art for matches. (Gary D. Schmidt)

Time is the fire in which we burn. (Delmore Schwartz)

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light. (Albert Schweitzer)

Out, out, brief candle! (William Shakespeare)

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. (William Shakespeare)

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course. (George Bernard Shaw)

- paraphrase of original quote by Arnold H. Glasow...
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire. (Fred Shero)

I like good art and a good bourbon, a wood fire and a good story. (Tom Shropshire)

We need to pay exquisite attention to our responses to things - noticing what makes our flame glow brighter. If we pay attention to those things, we'll be able to catch the flame and feed it. (Nina Simons)

With a fire in my belly, I rarely get cold feet. (Lynda Gaelyn Smith)

You can't start a fire / Worrying 'bout your little world falling apart / This gun's for hire / Even if we're just dancing in the dark (Bruce Springsteen)

The soul is a fire that darts its rays through all the senses; it is in this fire that existence consists; all the observations and all the efforts of philosophers ought to turn towards this Me, the centre and moving power of our sentiments and our ideas. (Madame de Stael)

You've got to be a little vicious. You've got to be narcissistic. You've got to be on fire about your career. (Howard Stern)

The fire burns as the novel taught it how. (Wallace Stevens)

You can turn the lights out. The paintings will carry their own fire. (Clyfford Still)

You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don't do that. You send it out. You have to send it out. (Theodore Sturgeon)

I felt the exultancy of a man just released from slavery and ready to set the universe on fire. (William Styron)

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Love is a flaming heart, and its flames aspire / Till they cloud the soul in the smoke of a windy fire. (Arthur Symons)

I looked at the moon so full and so bright, / And then at the fireplace with its flickering light, / And realised why this world would never be right. / Then I threw another log on the fire. (Wax Tailor)

In order that love be fully satisfied, It is necessary that It lower Itself and that It lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; First, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power. (Nikola Tesla)

Why should a blacksmith put his hands in the fire if he has tongs? (Alexander Theroux)

The wretched Artist himself is alternatively the lowest worm that ever crawled when no fire is in him; or the loftiest God that ever stand when the fire is going. (Caitlin Thomas)

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes. (Dylan Thomas)

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter - you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you. (Desmond Tutu)

Among storms, among fires, / Among burning passions, / In elemental, flaming strife, / It flies to us from the heavens... (Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev)

A fire in the belly doesn't light itself. (Author unknown)

Ability without ambition is like kindling wood without the spark. (Author unknown)

The flame is not dead. The lamp has been put out because the dawn has arrived. (Author unknown)

-on a child doing homework near the family's television set...
I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is - its irresistible charm - a fire. (John Updike)

Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away. (Denis Waitley)

Defeat in one piece only stokes the fires for the next. (Annette Waterbeek)

I must feel the fire of my soul so my intellectual blues can set others on fire. (Cornel West)

The bonfire of the vanities. (Tom Wolfe)

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place. (Steven Wright)

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)

I went out to the hazelwood because a fire was in my head. (William Butler Yeats)

Our birth is nothing but our death begun, / As tapers waste the moment they take fire (Edward Young)

In the spirit of having the flame, I say hang out with hot people or hot people's work. (Barbara Youtz)