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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

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

—Horace, 19 BC

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

—Charles Dickens, 1843

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

Every house: temple, empire, school.

—Joseph Joubert, 1800

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

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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856

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

—Norman Douglas, 1917

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

—Publilius Syrus, 50 BC

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44 BC