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God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

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

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

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

—Colette, 1944

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

—Norman Douglas, 1917

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

Men are merriest when they are from home.

—William Shakespeare, 1599

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

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 house: temple, empire, school.

—Joseph Joubert, 1800

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44 BC