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

—Rebecca West, 1912

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

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

—Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

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

—Jane Austen, 1813

Men are merriest when they are from home.

—William Shakespeare, 1599

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856

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

—Horace, 19 BC

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

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

—Publilius Syrus, 50 BC