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

—Samuel Johnson, 1771

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

—Norman Douglas, 1917

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

—Charles Dickens, 1843

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

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

An exile with no home anywhere is a corpse without a grave.

—Publilius Syrus, 50 BC

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

—Colette, 1944

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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

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

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

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

—William Morris, 1882

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

—Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856