A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. ~Proverbs
When you run out of wood, the fire goes out; when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down. ~Proverbs
An argumentative person in a dispute is like kerosene thrown on a fire. ~Proverbs
How do you fight fire?
Relationship fire fighting 101: Gentle responses, silence, and mollification douse fire.
I prefer my fires contained in my fireplace where I can prop my feet up, sip a hot drink and warm my weary soul…
and not in my relationships.