A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.
— Vincent Van Gogh

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.
Vincent Van Gogh passers quote

There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
— Vincent Van Gogh

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

All philanthropy... is only a savory fumigation burning at the mouth of a sewer. This incense offering makes the air more endurable to passers-by, but it does not hinder the infection in the sewer from spreading.
— passers quotation by Ellen Key