This is the Original Friday Inspiration series – amazing things that we handpicked to inspire you to greatness. This week we got inspired by the power of fire.

Fire symbolism can simultaneously denote illumination and purification and destructions and paid. Of all major symbols in literature, art, culture, and religion, fire might be the most ambiguous symbol.

Humans have taken advantage of fire for more than 400,000 years. Controlling it and using it to our advantage when cooking, staying warm, and producing tools has helped us evolve as a species.

Fire has been such a benefit to mankind that for thousands of years and from the earliest forms of literature and religion, fire has been written about, focusing on its ability to provide, protect and kill. It has been used to symbolize deepest desires, passion, rebirth, and resurrection, as well as hope, death, eternity, and many more.

The symbol of fire can be interpreted positively and negatively depending on contexts. Each of the following picture represents a different meaning of fire. Seat back, get absorbed and inspired in the same time by the “fire” in these pictures:

“The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than them.” — Chinese Proverb
“If you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.” — Bam Bam Bigelow
“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however, hidden.” — Cormac McCarthy
“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.” — George Bernard Shaw
Playing with fire is bad for those who burn themselves. For the rest of us, it is a very great pleasure.” — Jerry Smith
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” — Buddha
“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” — Mia Hamm
“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” — Martha Graham
“What fire does not destroy, it hardens.” — Oscar Wilde
“Fire is never a gentle master.” — Proverb
“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” — Arnold H. Glasow
“Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” – Amit Ray
“The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness.” — Eckhart Tolle
“Do not let your fire go out.” — Ayn Rand
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” — Ferdinand Foch
“Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help.” — Jean-Michel Basquiat
“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.” — Abigail Van Buren
“Courage is fire and bullying is smoke.” — Benjamin Disraeli
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