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

Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.     

Terry Pratchett

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.