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. Proverb
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. Proverb
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. Proverb
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 Proverb
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. Buddha
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. Proverb
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. Plutarch
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. Rumi
Light up the fire of love inside and blaze the thoughts away. Rumi
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. unknown
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