At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
— E. M. Forster

The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
Nikola Tesla flickering quote

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it's about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates.
— Mordecai Richler

Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?
— Henry David Thoreau

You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
— flickering quotation by Benjamin Disraeli