„Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 2. November 2021. Geschichte
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Washington Irving7
amerikanischer Schriftsteller 1783 - 1859

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„We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides“

—  Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888

"Morality" (1852), st. 1
Kontext: We cannot kindle when we will
The fire that in the heart resides,
The spirit bloweth and is still,
In mystery our soul abides; —
But tasks, in hours of insight willed,
Can be through hours of gloom fulfilled.

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„Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.“

—  Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -470 - -399 v.Chr

No findable citation to Socrates. First appears in this form in the 1990s, such as in the Douglas Bradley article "Lighting a Flame in the Kickapoo Valley", Wisconsin Ideas, UW System, 1994. It appears to be a variant on a statement from Plutarch in On Listening to Lectures: "The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting — no more — and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth." Alternate translation, from the Loeb Classical Library edition, 1927 http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Moralia/De_auditu*.html: "For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth." Often quoted as, "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." Variants of the quote that are correctly attributed to Plutarch but which substitute "education" for "the mind" date back at least as far as the 1960s, as seen in the 1968 book Vision and Image by James Johnson Sweeney, p. 119 http://books.google.com/books?id=d58FAAAAMAAJ&q=plutarch#search_anchor.
Variants with "education" are also sometimes misattributed to William Butler Yeats, as in the 1993 book The Harper Book of Quotations (third edition), p. 138 http://books.google.com/books?id=THl7kUfSqCUC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA138#v=onepage&q&f=false. In the previously-mentioned Vision and Image, the misquote of Plutarch involving "education" (which has exactly the same wording as the quote attributed to Yeats in The Harper Book of Quotations) is immediately preceded by a different quote from Yeats ("Culture does not consist in acquiring opinions but in getting rid of them"), so it's possible this is the source of the confusion—see the snippets here http://books.google.com/books?id=d58FAAAAMAAJ&q=yeats+culture#search_anchor and here http://books.google.com/books?id=d58FAAAAMAAJ&q=%22getting+rid+of+them%22#search_anchor.
The misattribution may also be related to a statement about Plato's views made by Benjamin Jowett in the introduction to his translation of Plato's Republic (in which all the main ideas were attributed to Socrates, as in all of Plato's works), on p. cci http://books.google.com/books?id=Cg_QX4yoOSQC&pg=PR201#v=onepage&q&f=false of the third edition (1888): "Education is represented by him, not as the filling of a vessel, but as the turning the eye of the soul towards the light." Jowett seems to be loosely paraphrasing a statement Plato attributes to Socrates in a dialogue with Glaucon, in sections 518b http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0168%3Abook%3D7%3Asection%3D518b– 518c http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0168%3Abook%3D7%3Asection%3D518c of book 7 of The Republic, where Socrates says: "education is not in reality what some people proclaim it to be in their professions. What they aver is that they can put true knowledge into a soul that does not possess it, as if they were inserting vision into blind eyes … But our present argument indicates that the true analogy for this indwelling power in the soul and the instrument whereby each of us apprehends is that of an eye that could not be converted to the light from the darkness except by turning the whole body."
Further discussion of the history of this quote can be found in this entry http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/03/28/mind-fire/ from the "Quote Investigator" website.
Misattributed

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„Love kindled by virtue always kindles another, provided that its flame appear outwardly.“

—  Dante Alighieri, buch Purgatorio

Canto XXII, lines 10–12.
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Purgatorio

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„Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.“

—  Edna Ferber Novelist, playwright 1885 - 1968

Variante: Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.

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„Electrical fire and the fire of greed kindle economies.“

—  B. W. Powe Canadian writer 1955

Interlude, p. 75
Towards a Canada of Light (2006)
Kontext: Electrical fire and the fire of greed kindle economies. In that flux, nations become digitized commodities on stock-exchange floors and on investors' rating screens. A country becomes a product to be rated for its obedience to paying of deficits and debts.

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„I've always fought to purify wild flame to light,
and kindle whatever light I found to burst in flame.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957

Odysseus to Hades, Book XI, line 145
The Odyssey : A Modern Sequel (1938)
Kontext: Monarch of earth, I shall confess my secret craft:
I've always fought to purify wild flame to light,
and kindle whatever light I found to burst in flame.

„All the suns labor to kindle your flame and a microbe puts it out.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Todos los soles se esfuerzan en encender tu llama y un microbio la extingue.
Voces (1943)

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„The fire blazing in her dark and injured heart seemed to glow around her like a flame.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald, buch The Beautiful and Damned

Quelle: The Beautiful and Damned

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„A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself.“

—  Isaac Asimov, buch Foundation

Quelle: The Foundation series (1951–1993), Foundation (1951), Part III, The Mayors, section 9

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„The charity of the Gospel must extend to all religions and the French hospitality to all people.“

—  Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre writer and botanist from France 1737 - 1814

As quoted in Œuvres complètes de Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Volume 7 (1828) by Louis Aimé-Martin, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. Aug. Wahlen. p. 47
Original: la charité de l'Evangile doit s'étendre à toutes les religions et l'hospitalité française à tous les peuples.

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„676. A little wind kindles, much puts out the fire.“

—  George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633

Jacula Prudentum (1651)

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