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Famous Quotations: Appreciation for Firefighters

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.  ~Kurt Vonnegut

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?  ~John Godfrey Saxe

But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger’s frown.
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, “Ode to our Firemen,” 1878

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!  ~Maya Angelou

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.  ~Bible, John 15:13

Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over.  ~Author Unknown

When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
“God and the firemen” is the people’s cry;
But when ’tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~Author unknown, from The Fireman’s Journal, 18 Oct 1879

All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.  ~Author Unknown

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?  ~George Canning

Firefighters save hearts and homes.  ~Author Unknown

Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.  ~Susan Diane Murphree
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer

You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into water fights with you.  ~Author Unknown

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas

You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire.  ~Larry Brown

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.  ~Proverb

Whatever the American’s are proud of – whatever they consider to be particularly good, useful, brilliant, or characteristic of themselves or their climate, they designate, half in jest, though scarcely half in earnest, as an “institution.”  Thus the memory of George Washington… is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock, on which the Pilgrim Fathers first set foot, is an institution…; “Sweet potatoes” are an institution, and Pumpkin pie is an institution; …squash is an institution; Bunker Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York are a great institution.  ~Charles Mackay, Life and Liberty in America, 1850

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.  ~Gregory Widen, Backdraft

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.  ~Seth Parker

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished.  What he does after that is all in the line of work.  ~Edward F. Croker

It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.  ~Author Unknown

Firefighters – your worst nightmare is just another day at the office.  ~Author Unknown

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.  ~Tracy Chapman

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.  ~James Allen

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.  ~William Feather

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