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

—Colette, 1944

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

—Charles Dickens, 1843

Men are merriest when they are from home.

—William Shakespeare, 1599

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

—Horace, 19 BC

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1771

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

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

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

—William Morris, 1882

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

—Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1903

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

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

—Rebecca West, 1912

God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582