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Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856

An American will build a house in which to pass his old age and sell it before the roof is on.

—Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840

Home is the girl’s prison and the woman’s workhouse.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

—Charles Dickens, 1843

Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one’s home.

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

Every house: temple, empire, school.

—Joseph Joubert, 1800

God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

The home is a human institution. All human institutions are open to improvement.

—Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1903

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

—William Morris, 1882

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

—Horace, 19 BC

One who is frivolous all day will never establish a household.

—Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

—Colette, 1944