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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

—Horace, 19 BC

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1771

Hatred of domestic work is a natural and admirable result of civilization.

—Rebecca West, 1912

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

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

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

God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

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

—Jane Austen, 1813

I quit life as from an inn, not as from a home.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44 BC

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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

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

—Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1903