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.
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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