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

fire eater

Who must eat fire? Artists, politicians, poets, parents, dreamers, thieves?

“Are you going to wear me down with your worries all your life? If he doesn’t, he won’t.”

Lee frowned and shook his head slowly. “If this thing flops, we’re in another mess. Without Seldon’s backing for what we’ve done, Sermak will be free to start over. He wants outright annexation of the Four Kingdoms, and immediate expansion of the Foundation – by force, if necessary. He’s begun his campaign, already.”

“I know. A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself. And you, Lee, have got to worry even if you must kill yourself to invent something to worry about.”

by Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992)
from Foundation, Book I in the Foundation Trilogy
Part III – The Mayors
image – ciamabue

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2 Responses to “A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    LOL…at…”And you, Lee, have got to worry even if you must kill yourself to invent something to worry about.”

    Didn’t think I was a worrier…strange how situations not completely under one’s control bring out unwanted characteristics…

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