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Quotes of the Day for 18 July 2003 – Fire

On this day in the year 64, fire broke out in the commercial section of Rome. In the next week, some 70% of the city was consumed. It is probably not true that the emperor Nero stood atop the Palatine playing his lyre, and he certainly didn't set the fire as he wasn't in Rome when it started. Both rumors spread, and the emperor needed a scapegoat. He blamed it on the Christians, and fed quite a few of them to the lions.

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The quotes:

The essence of war is fire, famine, and pestilence. They contribute to its outbreak; they are among its weapons; they become its consequences.
     - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
     - Edmund Burke

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
     - Edward M. Forster

The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the tides, and gravitation, we will harness the energies of love for God. And then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
     - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1881 - 1955

The best way to make a fire with two sticks is to make sure one of them is a match.
     - Will Rogers, 1879 - 1935

The Princess Borghese, Bonaparte's sister, who was no saint, sat to [the artist Antonio]Canova as a reclining Venus, and being asked if she did not feel a little uncomfortable, replied, "No. There was a fire in the room."
     - William Hazlitt, 1778 - 1830


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