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

- Colette, 1944

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

- Ptahhotep, c. 2400 BC

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

- Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1895

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

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

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1903

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

- Jane Austen, 1813

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

- Samuel Johnson, 1771

Every house: temple, empire, school.

- Joseph Joubert, 1800

God walks among the pots and pans.

- Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

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

- Rose Macaulay, 1925

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

- Charles Dickens, 1843

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

- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44 BC

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1856

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

- Publilius Syrus, 50 BC

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

- Maya Angelou, 1986

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

- William Morris, 1882

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

- George Bernard Shaw, 1903

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

- Norman Douglas, 1917

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

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

- Fran Lebowitz, 1981

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

- Horace, 19 BC

Men are merriest when they are from home.

- William Shakespeare, 1599

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

- Rebecca West, 1912