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Fire

  • A house with no fireplace is a house without a heart.

  • Fire is a good companion for the mind ...

    • May Sarton,
    • "Reflections by a Fire," Cloud, Stone, Sun, Vine ()
  • ... Mrs. Moxon lit our first fire, with a gimelled prayer cum incantation of good-will upon us. It burned merrily, the room began to live, like a ship getting under way.

  • Fire destroys that which feeds it.

  • Fairylike, the fire rose in two branched flames like the golden antlers of some enchanted stag.

  • Nothing smelled so good or danced so well as a birch fire.

  • I know two things in this world that never, never tire me and always rest me — I wonder if they always will? One is a sunset, and the other is an open wood fire.

  • An open fire makes such delightful silences, if you ever noticed. When you sit in a room without it, the gaps in the conversation make everybody seem dull; the last comer rises with embarrassment and thinks he must be going, and you wish that some one would say the next thing and keep the ball rolling. The open fire arranges all these little matters with a perfect tact and grace all its own. It is acknowledged to be the centre of attention, and the people gathered about it are only supernumeraries. It blazes and crackles and snaps cheerfully, the logs break and fall, the coals glow and fade and glow again, and the dull man can always poke the fire if his wit desert him.

  • People who light fires on the slightest provocation are always the nicest. There's something comforting about fires.

  • There is no welcome like a fire.

  • To keep the fire burning brightly, there's one easy rule: keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger's breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.

  • Burning logs can carry on quite a conversation! ... Have you ever heard apple wood talking? It's the most loquacious of all. You really can't get a word in edgeways.

  • There's plenty of fire in the coldest flint!

  • Fire draws us like friendship. It fascinates us from our earliest experiences with its lovely light. It is beautiful and dangerous, seductive and comforting, frightening and useful. Of what else could we ask so much?

    • Cathy Johnson,
    • "A Sense of Being," in Susan and Ann Zwinger, eds., Women in Wilderness ()
  • Summer is burning! From trees' red crowns / Ashes of June pour hotly down.

  • Fire is a natural symbol of life and passion, though it is the one element in which nothing can actually live.