C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


From small fire comes oft no small mishap.

George Herbert.

From little spark may burst a mighty flame.


Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.


A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.


The most tangible of all visible mysteries fire.

Leigh Hunt.

Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.


  • The fire i’ the flint
  • Shows not till it be struck.
  • Shakespeare.

  • A little fire is quickly trodden out;
  • Which, being suffer’d, rivers cannot quench.
  • Shakespeare.

  • And where two raging fires meet together
  • They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
  • Shakespeare.

    Your own property is concerned when your neighbor’s house is on fire.


    What is more useful than fire? Yet if any one prepares to burn a house, it is with fire that he arms his daring hands.


    Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.

    J. Latimer.