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At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

—Jane Austen, 1813

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

—Maya Angelou, 1986

Every house: temple, empire, school.

—Joseph Joubert, 1800

Every man has a lurking wish to appear considerable in his native place.

—Samuel Johnson, 1771

Men are merriest when they are from home.

—William Shakespeare, 1599

In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.

—Colette, 1944

A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in / A minute to smile and an hour to weep in.

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing’s as eternal as the dishes.

—Margaret Mahy, 1985

It’s your business when your neighbor’s wall is in flames.

—Horace, 19 BC

Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.

—Norman Douglas, 1917

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

—William Morris, 1882