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Quotes of the Day for 19 September 2004 – Fire

I spent about twenty hours on Friday evening and Saturday supervising the exothermic oxidation of a significant volume of cellulose with high water content. For those who didn't have a chemistry jones in high school, that means I burned up a lot of wet lumber. It was left over from some construction project several years ago and had been exposed to the elements the whole time. I picked up the end of a 2x6 and it broke off in my hands. If I squeezed it with my fingers, water welled up from the surface. So it was a smoky time, and I probably need to wash my clothes twice. But it put me in mind to choose quotes on Fire.

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The quotes:

Fight fire with fire, and all you'll end up with is ashes.
     - Abigail Van Buren

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
     - Aesop

Let me leap out of the frying-pan into the fire; or, out of God's blessing into the warm sun.
     - Miguel de Cervantes, 1547 - 1616

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

Fierce fire reveals true gold.
     - Chinese proverb

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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