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86 Fire Quotes to Ignite You

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By Karabo Baloyi
Jul 01, 2022
03:05 P.M.

Just like the limitless potential of fire, we have the potential to either be constructive or self-destructive, so it helps to think of our lives in the same ways we think of fire. To help us do this, here are 86 quotes on fire to ignite our potential.

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Fire is one of the most life-changing discoveries made by human beings. It gives people the ability to stay warm, cook their food, and develop more efficient tools. But human beings are equally aware of the potential disasters that fire can cause when left unattended or used irresponsibly.

We can think along similar lines in our lives. When we use our potential well, we can reach for our dreams. But if we neglect our potential, we can become internally self-destructive or even ruin our relationships.

To ignite our potential and become the best version of ourselves, here are 86 quotes about fire that we can relate to.

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Odell Shepherd's quote: “One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.” | Image: AmoDays

INSPIRATIONAL FIRE QUOTES

“Within your own generation — the same songs, the same wars, the same attitudes toward those wars, the same rules and radio shows in the air — you can gauge the possibilities and impossibilities. With a person of another generation, you are treading water, playing with fire.” — John Updike

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“It is easy to bare your body, but it is difficult to bare your soul. What works for me is that I am not a city-raised boy with city-raised sensibilities. I can play the vulnerable tough man, the guy with a gun in his hand, tears in his eyes, fire in his heart, innocence in him, and in his arms a woman he loves.” — Randeep Hooda

“The one advantage of playing with fire...is that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up.” — Oscar Wilde

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

“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

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Charles Bukowski's quote: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” | Image: AmoDays

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” — Buddha

“Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” — Arnold Glascow

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“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

“Fire is the voice of god, speaking in tongues. Fire is the liberator of water, slipping the earthly bonds. Fire is the memory of stone, being released to the heavens. Fire is the mother of the Earth, born of desire. Fire is the seducer of wind, dancing in abandon for its beloved. Fire is the illuminator, the protector, the destroyer, and the giver of all life.” — Thomas Lloyd Qualls

"As the same fire assumes different shapes when it consumes objects differing in shape, so does the one self take the shape of every creature in whom he is present.” — Marcus Aurelius

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John Updike's quote: “Within your own generation — the same songs, the same wars, the same attitudes toward those wars, the same rules and radio shows in the air — you can gauge the possibilities and impossibilities. With a person of another generation, you are treading water, playing with fire.” | Image: AmoDays

“It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters.” — Roger L’Estrange

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“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 a woman.” — Ludwig Van Beethoven

“Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.” — Edmund Burke

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.” — Terry Pratchett

Randeep Hooda's quote: “It is easy to bare your body, but it is difficult to bare your soul. What works for me is that I am not a city-raised boy with city-raised sensibilities. I can play the vulnerable tough man, the guy with a gun in his hand, tears in his eyes, fire in his heart, innocence in him, and in his arms a woman he loves.” | Image: AmoDays

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“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

SELF-REFLECTIVE FIRE QUOTES

“Honestly, I’m living my fantasy. It’s being with my family, preferably on a snowy afternoon with a fire going, cuddled up in blankets, playing a game.” — Meredith Vieira

“I'm working on my house and playing with my fire pit and kind of just hanging around and making my home feel homey.” — Luke Grimes

“Oh, I get pretty fired up on the court. I try to play with a lot of emotion, especially when I'm playing in front of a large crowd. I want to go out and do my best, and to do that, I have to play with the most energy possible.” — Lleyton Hewitt

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“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

Oscar Wilde's quote: “The one advantage of playing with fire...is that no one ever gets singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I'm always trying to show versatility. I'm juggling, and I'm flipping fire, and I'm chewing gum and rhyming at the same time...on a unicycle, while playing the drums.” — MF Doom

"And at home by the fire, whenever you look up, there I shall be - and whenever I look up, there you shall be.” — Thomas Hardy

“Everywhere he touches is fire. My whole body is burning up, the two of us becoming twin points of the same bright white flame.” — Lauren Olive

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” — Sarah J. Maas

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

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Otto Weininger's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

“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

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FIRE QUOTES TO IGNITE THE FIGHT IN YOU

“You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” — Charles Bukowski

“Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.” — Mark Twain

“Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” — Amit Ray

“Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.” — Delmore Schwartz

Buddha's quote: “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” | Image: AmoDays

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“The only pictures worth making are the ones that are playing with fire.” — Billy Wilder

“A heart well worth winning, and well won. A heart that, once won, goes through fire and water for the winner, and never changes, and is never daunted.” — Charles Dickens

“Such fire was not by water to be drowned, nor his nature changed by changing ground.” — Ludovico Ariosto

FIRE QUOTES THAT ARE WARNINGS

“Let's all wise up. Some of us aren't fighting the fire; we're playing with fire. Flirting with the devil. Stop it! Stop it now before all hell literally breaks loose.” — Beth Moore

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“Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire.” — John F. Kerry

Arnold Glascow's quote: “Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Female, I give you fair warning: you are playing with fire” — Tina St. John

“You are obviously writing out of experience and so the boundaries are always blurred, it is just that sometimes it would seem that you are playing with fire a little bit by choosing someone that obviously existed.” — Robert Dessaix

"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

“It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters.” — Roger L’Estrange

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“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.” Siddhartha Gautama

Thomas Lloyd Qualls's quote: “Fire is the voice of god, speaking in tongues. Fire is the liberator of water, slipping the earthly bonds. Fire is the memory of stone, being released to the heavens. Fire is the mother of the Earth, born of desire. Fire is the seducer of wind, dancing in abandon for its beloved. Fire is the illuminator, the protector, the destroyer, and the giver of all life.” | Image: AmoDays

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“We're like a two-year-old playing with fire...we're messing around with something really dangerous and don't really understand what will happen.” — William F. Laurance

“How could you tell children they were playing with fire if they never had the experience of being burned?” — Alexandra Adornetto

“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.” — George Bernard Shaw

“The future of the world belongs to the youth of the world, and it is from the youth and not from the old that the fire of life will warm and enlighten the world. It is your privilege to breathe the breath of life into the dry bones of many around you.” — Tom Mann

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“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.” — Tennessee Williams

Marcus Aurelius's quote: “As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, so does the one Self take the shape of every creature in whom he is present.” | Image: Amodays

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“I can cite a few cases of where people have tampered around with magic and witchcraft that they've been very severely frightened and traumatized by some of the outcomes. I mean we are playing with fire, and I had to say that.” — Peter Hollingworth

“The most tangible of all visible mysteries — fire.” — Leigh Hunt

“Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm.” — Carlo Collodi

“But this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror.” — Thomas Jefferson

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“It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody's beard.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Roger L’Estrange's quote: “It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters.” | Image: AmoDays

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POLITICAL FIRE QUOTES

“To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires.” — W. E. B. Du Bois

“Anyone who toys with the idea of cutting off bits of the eurozone hoping the rest will survive is playing with fire.” — Yanis Varoufakis

“All things, good and evil, come out, it seems, of the East. The Illuminati, like the Ismailites, dealt in allegories; and like the Mazdakites, they played with fire.” — Ameen Rihani

“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

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“This world, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an ever-living fire.” — Heraclitus

Laura Esquivel's quote: “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.” | Image: Amodays

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“Technology is, of course, a double-edged sword. Fire can cook our food but also burn us.” — Jason Silva

“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

SHORT FIRE QUOTES

“A spark of every fire we seek is already within us.” — Kamand Kojouri

“A small match lights a big fire.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

“No matter how hot the fire burns, a Protea always survives.” — AB De Villiers

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Ludwig Van Beethoven's quote: “Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of a woman.” | Image: AmoDays

“When the winter comes, fire becomes a king!” — Mehmet Murat ildan

“There's no lie in his smile, no veil 'cross his eyes. He breathes fire too hot for a plastic disguise.” — Cristen Rodgers

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“Light the fire within you to light the world with your fire.” — P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” — Ferdinand Foch

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” — Martha Graham

Edmund Burke's quote: “Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Every idea is an incitement...Eloquence may set fire to reason.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

“I would mould a world of fire and dew.” — W B. Yeats

“Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.” — Mark Twain

“The proof of gold is fire, the proof of woman, gold; the proof of man, a woman.” — Benjamin Franklin

Terry Pratchett's quote: “Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Fire is the most tolerable third party.” — Henry David Thoreau

“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” — Dylan Thomas

“Your own property is concerned when your neighbor’s house is on fire.” — Horace

“I didn’t want anybody seeing my fire until I burned them with it.” — Cameron Conaway

“I will never forget your fire. I can’t wait to see what you do.” — Kiera Cass

Abdul Kalam's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Love, like fire, goes out without fuel.” — Mikhail Lermontov

"It takes two flints to make a fire.” — Louisa May Alcott

“Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it.” — Charles Bukowski

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

Related: 99 Quotes that Give Insight into Living a Balanced Life

Meredith Vieira's quote: “Honestly, I’m living my fantasy. It’s being with my family, preferably on a snowy afternoon with a fire going, cuddled up in blankets, playing a game.” | Image: AmoDays

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“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” — Lao-Tzu

“The foundation of all technology is fire.” — Isaac Asimov

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” — Rumi

“The four cornerstones of this world: bread, wine, fire, woman.” — Nikos Kazantzakis

“Always, always you pass through fire to reach the shining.” — Odysseas Elytis

Luke Grimes's quote: “I'm working on my house and playing with my fire pit and kind of just hanging around and making my home feel homey.” | Image: AmoDays

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“We are born arsonists and end up firefighters.” — Pitigrilli

"No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.” — A. S. Byatt

Related: 106 Quotes that Reflect the Quiet Power of Introverts

Fire will remain one of the most revolutionary discoveries by humanity. Even better is how people have worked to hone it to develop the world.

In similar ways, we can develop our potential to become better people. The fire of our passions can be developed into the results we want for ourselves.

If these quotes inspired you to go for your dreams, this compilation of quotes will help you achieve a zen state of mind.

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