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

—Rebecca West, 1912

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

—Rose Macaulay, 1925

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

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

—Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1903

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

—Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44 BC

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

—Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

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

—William Morris, 1882

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

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856
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