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Fire Quotes That Will Leave You Burning For More

Fire is a chemical process that has the potential to be destructive. It could burn through everything in its path, leaving behind only charred remnants of what was.

We have seen that repeatedly in wildfires. Where once was a lush forest of green, we are left with smokey ash, dead wildlife, and smoke billowing in the air we breathe.

These fires also have the potential to destroy homes and businesses. Keep reading through these fire quotes to learn more about fire in nature.

Fire is also one of man’s most life-changing discoveries. It gave us the ability to stay warm and cook our food.

This helped us live longer because when we lived in tents or dwellings with little insulation, people would succumb to the cold.

Also, eating raw meat led to illness amongst our ancestors, and the ability to cook our food. Check out these fire quotes about burning and being warm.

Burning fire quotes

1. “Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.” William Shakespeare

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2. “The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than them.” Chinese Proverb

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3. “If you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.” — Bam Bam Bigelow

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4. “This is how the fire starts. This is how we burn.”  Libba Bray

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5. “Keep a little fire burning; however small, however, hidden.” — Cormac McCarthy

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

7. “The sacred fire is faith.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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

9. “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

10. “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

Fire quotes that make us stronger

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

12. “What fire does not destroy, it hardens.” Oscar Wilde

13. “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” Richard M. Nixon

14. “Fire is never a gentle master.” — Proverb

15. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” Charles Bukowski

16. “One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” — John Foster

17. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” — Joan Crawford

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18. “I had so much fire in me and so many plans.” – Claude Monet

19. “Courage is fire and bullying is smoke.” — Benjamin Disraeli

20. “The only real security is the ability to build your own fires and find your own peace.” — Audrey Sutherland

Witty fire quotes

21. “Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head.” — Proverb

22. “Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.” — Proverb

23. “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” — Proverb

24. “People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.” — Abigail Van Buren

25. “It takes two flints to make a fire.” Louisa May Alcott

26. “To love is to burn—to be on fire.” – Jane Austen

27. “Tampering with fire will burn you, even in the coldest regions.”― H.S. Crow

28. “Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat

29. “A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.” — Robert Herrick

30. “When the heart is a fire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth.” – Thomas Fuller

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

Fire quotes that deal with elements of nature

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

33. “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

34. “Fire is a natural symbol of life and passion, though it is the one element in which nothing can actually live.”  Susanne Katherina Langer

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

36. “Big fires flare-up in a wind, but little ones are blown out unless they are carried in undercover.” — St Francis de Sales

37. “The deepest lessons come out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires.” — Elisabeth Elliot

38. “No one needs to light a fire under you when there’s a fire in you.”― Richie Norton

39. “I have a need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.” — William Lloyd Garrison

40. “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” — Roy L. Smith

41. “A spark can set a whole forest on fire. Just a spark. Save it.” Charles Bukowski

Inspirational fire quotes to feed your inner flame

42. “A small spark can start a great fire.” — Emmet Fox

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43. “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

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

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

46. “Become the person you were meant to be, light your inner fire and follow your heart’s desire.” — Leon Brown.

47. “Light up the fire of love inside and blaze the thoughts away.” Rumi

48. “Do not let your fire go out.” Ayn Rand

49. “Fire does transform, but the fire within is always better than fire beneath!” – Harrish Sairaman

50. “The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness.” Eckhart Tolle

51. “The fire doesn’t make you what you are; it reveals what you were.” – Jack Hyles

52. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

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

54. “Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.” —Seneca

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

Fire quotes that will make you burn for life

56. “Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.” — Bernard Williams

57. “Time is the fire in which we burn.” — Gene Roddenberry

58. “We all can touch the flame – but it’s the moments we remain in it that burn us.”― Laura Chouette

59. “Light a fire which shows who you really are.”― Rajas Dhamija

60. “Catch on fire and people will come for miles to see you burn.” — John Wesley

61. “Little sparks cause fires too.”― Tomasz Jedrowski

62. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Victor Hugo

63. “To those who do not know that the world is on fire, I have nothing to say.” – Bertolt Brecht

64. “A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.”— Isaac Asimov

65. “It’s the spark that ignites the flame, spontaneity.”― A.D. Aliwat

Fire quotes that will ignite your passion for life

66. “Fire is the best of servants, but what a master!”— Thomas Carlyle

67. “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves” ― Laura Esquivel

68. “She’s mad, but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” ― Charles Bukowski

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

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70. “I walk into the fire always, and come out more alive.”― Anaïs Nin

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

72. “Fire and water looked so lovely together. It was a pity they destroyed each other by nature.” ― R.F. Kuang

73. “Keep a fire burning; a fire is what saves you.”― Rory Power

74. “The fire must not go out. The flame must be lit.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

75. “We are all flames waiting to be fed.”― Arti Manani

Short Hot Fire Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which of these fire quotes resonated with you best?

As noted in some of these quotes, fire is also a term used to define a person’s passion and drive. It refers to the spark that lies within each of us.

That smoldering inspiration can be fed, like fire, until it grows bright enough to warm ourselves and others.

If you are enjoying time in the wilderness, fire can lead someone who is lost in the woods to your safe haven.

The analogy of fire in the soul can have the same effect on people. You don’t know who might be around you that is struggling and looking for a light in the darkness.

Of course, fire should be respected and treated like the dangerous weapon it can be. It can keep you warm, or burn everything down around you. It can warm your food or melt your hand. Burns are painful and fire needs to be watched.

Do you think that personal fire also has the same duality? What is your favorite fire quote or saying? Answer either of those questions in the comment section below.

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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  1. Kim

    March 10, 2022 at 12:57 PM

    I enjoyed these fire quotes. I have been ruminating on the duality of fire recently. I am in awe of the two faces of this elemental wonder. I do think that personal fire has the same duality. We must feed our own flame or face the consequence of inevitable burnout. We must sometimes tamp down our fiery tendencies or risk destroying ourselves or those around us. It is no wonder that Prometheus was punished so harshly for giving humans such power. It is truly a force to be reckoned with.

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