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Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
      - Bible, James (ch. III, v. 5-6)

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.
  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 21-22)

The professional arsonist builds vacant lots for money.
      - Jimmy Breslin

Yet in oure asshen olde is fyr yreke.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (prologue, l. 3,881), The Reeve's Tale

Words pregnant with celestial fire.
      - William Cowper, Boadicea (33)

Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy (46)

E'en from the tomb the voice of nature cries,
  E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 23),
        Gray says it was suggested by Plutarch

We circle in the night and we are devoured by fire.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

From small fires comes oft no small mishap.
      - George Herbert

A crooked log makes a strait fire
  [A crooked log makes a straight fire.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Well may hee smell fire, whose gowne burnes.
  [Well may he smell fire, whose gown burns.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.
      - Robert Herrick

Your own property is concerned when your neighbor's house is on fire.
  [Lat., Tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 18, 84)

The most tangible of all visible mysteries--fire.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The burnt child dreads the fire.
      - Ben Jonson, The Devil is an Ass
         (act I, sc. 2)

Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grave, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
      - Hugh Latimer, The Martyrdom (p. 523)

There can no great smoke arise, but there must be some fire.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie),
        Euphes and his Emphoebus (p. 153),
        (Arber's Reprint)

All the fatt's in the fire.
      - John Marston, What You Will (1607)

Whirlwinds of tempestuous fire.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 77)

They lepe lyke a flounder out of a fryenge panne into the fyre.
  [They leap like a flounder out of a frying pan into the fire.]
      - Sir Thomas More, Dial
         (bk. II, ch. I, folio LXIII, b)

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.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Fit to give weight to smoke.
  [Lat., Dare pondus idonea fumo.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (V, 20)

Out of the frying pan into the fire.
      - Idea in Plato (originally Aristocles},
        De Repub. (VIII, p. 569, B)

Flame is very near to smoke.
  [Lat., Flamma fumo est proxima.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Curculio
         (act I, 1, 53)

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