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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

Men are merriest when they are from home.

—William Shakespeare, 1599

Every house: temple, empire, school.

—Joseph Joubert, 1800

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1771

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

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

—Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

—Norman Douglas, 1917

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

—Jane Austen, 1813

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

—William Morris, 1882

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

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

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903