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Quotations: Appreciation for Firefighters
and Other Emergency Workers

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

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 G. Saxe, quoted in George C. Hale, History of the World's Greatest Fires, 1905

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 has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~Bible (New International Version), John 15:13

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

When fire is cried and danger is nigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~The Fireman's Journal, 1879

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

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning (1770–1827), "The Pilot that Weather'd the Storm"

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

Firefighters are hot stuff! ~Author unknown

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth, 1933–1996), "No Peaceful Warriors!," 1991

Firefighting — one of the few professions left that still makes house calls. ~Author unknown

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)

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

You might be a firefighter if you've ever smoked and there wasn't a cigarette in sight. ~Author unknown

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas, as quoted in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891

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, On Fire, 1993

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

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

[W]e take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

Whatever the Americans are proud of — whatever they consider to be peculiarly 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 General Washington... is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock... "Sweet potatoes" are an institution, and pumpkin (or punkin) pie is an institution... Bunker's Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York a great institution. ~Charles Mackay, "American Firemen," 1857

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen. ~Gregory Widen, Backdraft (film), 1991

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, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, 1000 Tips and Quips for Speakers and Toastmasters, 1962

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III

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, as quoted in John C. Maxwell, The Success Journey, 1997

No one is useless in this world... who lightens the burden of it for any one else. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865  [This anonymous greeting-card’ized version has been making the rounds since about 2008: "No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you." –tg]

Firefighters — your worst nightmare is just another day at the office for them. ~Author unknown

Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954

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, The Business of Life, 1949

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