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Quotes of the Day for 4 August 2003 – Sparks

I was looking for something else when I chanced upon Dr Johnson's quote. It caught my fancy, so for no particularly good reason, today's theme is Sparks.

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The quotes:

He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
     - Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
     - Dr Samuel Johnson, 1709 - 1784

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
     - Auguste Rodin, 1840 - 1917

Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven;
  A spark of that immortal fire
With angels shared, by Allah given
  To lift from earth our low desire.
     - George Gordon Noel Byron, 1788 - 1824

This is the truth: As from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
     - Maitri Upanishads

Sparks electric only strike
  On souls electrical alike;
The flash of intellect expires,
  Unless it meet congenial fires.
     - Hannah More, 1745 - 1833


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