quote by Eliphas Levi

There exists in nature a force which is immeasurably more powerful than steam, and by means of which a single man, who knows how to adapt and direct it, might upset and alter the face of the world.

— Eliphas Levi

Surprising Steam quotations

Grace cannot prevail...until our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed.


There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and nuclear power: the will.

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

James Watt patented his steam engine on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.

The forge looked like a steam-powered locomotive had smashed into the Greek Parthenon and they had fused together.


Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.

When steam first began to pump and wheels go round at so many revolutions per minute, what are called business habits were intended to make the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine, and his movement rival the train in punctuality.

I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.

I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer - born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow.

Remember the steam kettle; though up to its neck in hot water it continues to sing.


Soup is cuisine's kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o'clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.

True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables.

It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.

I am certain that people never forgive because they believe they have an obligation to do it or because someone told them to do it. Forgiveness has to come from inside as a desire of the heart. Wanting to is the steam that pushes the forgiving engine.

Mankind has always drawn from outside sources of energy.

This island was the first to harness coal and steam. But our present sources stand in the ratio of a million to one, compared with any previous sources. The release of atomic energy will change the whole structure of society.

I guess the two things I was most interested in were telescopes and steam engines. My father was an engineer on a threshing rig steam engine and I loved the machinery.


The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit.

..One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts.

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.

It was one of those mornings when a man could face the day only after warming himself with a mug of thick coffee beaded with steam, a good thick crust of bread, and a bowl of bean soup.

Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown.

Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call.

Wanted to sail upon your waters, since I was three feet tall. You've seen it all, you've seen it all. Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam. In your belly, you hold the treasure that few have ever seen, most of them dreams, most of them dreams.


History was a trash bag of random coincidences torn open in a wind.

Surely, Watt with his steam engine, Faraday with his electric motor, and Edison with his incandescent light bulb did not have it as their goal to contribute to a fuel shortage some day that would place their countries at the mercy of Arab oil.

Reading is a mighty engine, beside which steam and electricity sink into insignificance.

My favorite way to blow off steam is to sing obnoxiously loud in the shower.

Would we hold liberty, we must have charity- charity to others, charity to ourselves, crawling up from the moist ovens of a steaming world, still carrying the passional equipment of our ferocious ancestors, emerging from black superstition amid carnage and atrocity to our perilous present.

No dish changes quite so much from season to season as soup.

Summer's soups come chilled, in pastel colors strewn with herbs. If hot they are sheer insubstantial broths afloat with seafood. In winter they turn steaming and thick to serve with slabs of rustic, crusty bread.


I love Chinese food, like steamed dim sum, and I can have noodles morning, noon and night, hot or cold. I like food that's very simple on the digestive system - I tend to keep it light. I love Japanese food too - sushi, sashimi and miso soup.

It used to be that you needed a $500-million-a-year company in order to reach a worldwide audience of consumers. Now, all you need is a Steam account. That changes a whole bunch of stuff. It's kind of a boring 'gee, information processing changes a stuff' story, but it's going to have an impact on every single company.

As a kid I'd play with homemade recipes, like putting pineapple on my face to exfoliate my skin and doing facial steams with lavender or peppermint oils. I just loved doing stuff like that. It's what motivated me to launch my skin care line.

The animal frame, though destined to fulfill so many other ends, is as a machine more perfect than the best contrived steam-engine-that is, is capable of more work with the same expenditure of fuel.

Desire is what takes the hot water of mediocrity and turns it into the steam of outstanding success.


Fear is like the steam that fires the combustion engine. You need fear to get a performance going.

The city itself swung slowly toward us silent as a dream.

No sign of life but puffs of steam from skyscraper chimneys, the motion of the traffic. The mighty towers stood like tombstones in a graveyard, leaning against the sky and waiting for -- for what? Someday we'll know.

Turner has outdone himself; he seems to paint with tinted steam, so evanescent and so airy.

Men might as well project a voyage to the Moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against the stormy North Atlantic Ocean.