Gaston Bachelard

Fire suggests the power to change, to speed up the passage of time, to bring all of life to its conclusion, to its hereafter. In these circumstances, the reverie becomes truly fascinating and dramatic; it magnifies human destiny; it links the small, it links the small to the great, the hearth to the volcano, the life of a log to the life of the world. The fascinated individual hears the call of the funeral pyre. For him destruction is more than a change it is a renewal.

—The Psychology of Fire