Fire Sayings and Quotes

From candles to bonfires, humans are fascinated by flames. The flicker and crackle of a fire is mesmerizing and the perfect antidote for chilly days. Below you’ll find a collection of insightful, wise, and humorous fire quotes and proverbs.

Fire that's closest kept burns most of all.     

William Shakespeare

Fire is the most tolerable third party.     

Henry David Thoreau

Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together.     


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

William Shakespeare

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.     

Martha Graham

The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than them.     

Chinese Proverb

Playing with fire is bad for those who burn themselves. For the rest of us, it is a very great pleasure.     

Jerry Smith

Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head.     


One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.     

Odell Shepherd

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.     

Charles Bukowski

He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.     

W.J. Cameron

Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.     


The most tangible of all visible mysteries - fire.     

Leigh Hunt

Among the notable things about fire is that it also requires oxygen to burn - exactly like its enemy, life. Thereby are life and flames so often compared.     

Otto Weininger

The United States is like giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.     

Winston Churchill

Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.     

George Bernard Shaw

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.     

Mae West

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.     

Mark Twain

Big fires flare up in a wind, but little ones are blown out unless they are carried in under cover.     

St Frances De Sales

If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that's what really throws you into a panic.     

Jack Handey

Fire is never a gentle master     


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.     


The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.     

Henry David Thoreau

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.     

Arnold Glascow

Where there is smoke there is fire.     


People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.     

Abigail Van Buren

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.     

Albert Schweitzer

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.     

Amit Ray

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

Ann Landers

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.     

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Benjamin Franklin

To those who do not know that the world is on fire, I have nothing to say.     

Bertolt Brecht

The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire.     

Carl Jung

Affection is a coal that must be cooled; else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.     

William Shakespeare

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.     

Charles Dudley Warner

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

The fire was followed by a period of grieving and then by an incredible lightness, freedom, and mobility.     

Martin Puryear

Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.     

Cormac Mccarthy

The hero and the coward both feel exactly the same fear, only the hero confronts his fear and converts it into fire.     

Cus D'amato

Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.     

Dante Alighieri

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.     

Dwight L. Moody

Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.     

E. E. Cummings

The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness.     

Eckhart Tolle

The deepest lessons come out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires.     

Elisabeth Elliot

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.     

Ferdinand Foch

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out.     

Henry Jackson Vandyke

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.     

Henry Van Dyke

Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.     

Jean de la Fontaine

If these little sparks of holy fire which I have thus heaped up together do not give life to your prepared and already enkindled spirit, yet they will sometimes help to entertain a thought, to actuate a passion, to employ and hallow a fancy.     

Jeremy Taylor

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.     

Joan Crawford

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.     

John Foster

A church can be unified in one of two ways. You can freeze together, as the Church of the Frozen Chosen; or you can melt together with the fire of the Holy Spirit.     

John Hagee

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.     

Jorge Luis Borges

While I was looking the other way your fire went out Left me with cinders to kick into dust What a waste of the wonder you were In my living fire I will keep your scorn and mine In my living fire I will keep your heartache and mine At the disgrace of a waste of a life.     

Kristin Cashore

Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves.     

Laura Esquivel

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Maya Angelou

I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.     

Mia Hamm

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

Pablo Neruda

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

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


The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.     

Richard M. Nixon

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.     

Robert Fulghum

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.     


Light up the fire of love inside and blaze the thoughts away.     


Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.     

Terry Pratchett

Don't let your dreams go up in smoke - practice fire safety.     


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

Victor Hugo

Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney and then go on their way.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.     

William Butler Yeats

I have a need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.     

William Lloyd Garrison

Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.     

William Shakespeare

O for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.     

William Shakespeare

The sun's a thief, and with his great attraction Robs the vast seas. The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.     

William Shakespeare