You cannot buy wisdom abroad if there is none at home.
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
—Sarah Ban Breathnach (b.1947) American Self-help Author
No place is more delightful than one’s own fireside.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
One may make their house a palace of sham, or they can make it a home, a refuge.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
Abroad we judge the dress; at home we judge the man.
Going home must be like going to render an account.
—Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) Polish-born British Novelist
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
—Matsuo Basho (1644–94) Japanese Poet
However bright the sun may shine; leave not your cloak at home.
Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.
—Herman Melville (1819–91) American Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, Poet
Home is the seminary of all other institutions.
—Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814–80) American Preacher, Poet
Only the home can found a state.
Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.
—Charles Henry Parkhurst (1842–1933) American Clergyman, Civic Reformer
The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.
—Bill Bryson (1951–95) American Humorist, Author, Educator
He who travels a lot becomes wise; he who is wise stays home.
Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.
—Charles Lamb (1775–1834) British Essayist, Poet
A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.
—Marguerite Duras (1914–96) French Novelist, Playwright
Expanding and experiencing the mind is like coming home, while the former ‘home’ becomes more and more unimportant.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
Home—that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel’s wings.
—Lydia Maria Child (1802–80) American Abolitionist, Writer
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Earth is but a marketplace; heaven is home.
Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb—or Dome of Worm—or Porch of Gnome—or some Elf’s Catacomb?
—Emily Dickinson (1830–86) American Poet
Better than a banquet somewhere else is a good cup of tea and a bowl of rice at home.
Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.
—D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930) English Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Essayist, Literary Critic
The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle; it stands for permanence and separation from the world.
—Simone de Beauvoir (1908–86) French Philosopher, Writer, Feminist
Many a man who pays rent all his life owns his own home; and many a family has successfully saved for a home only to find itself at last with nothing but a house.
—Bruce Fairchild Barton (1886–1967) American Author, Advertising Executive, Politician
I live in my house as I live inside my skin: I know more beautiful, more ample, more sturdy and more picturesque skins: but it would seem to me unnatural to exchange them for mine.
—Primo Levi (1919–87) Italian Novelist, Poet, Chemist
Only that traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
Away from home they look at your clothes. At home they look at what is under them.
Truth is always homeless.
Our country is where ever we are well off.
—John Milton (1608–74) English Poet, Civil Servant, Scholar, Debater
If you are going out for a fight leave your best hat at home.
A man’s home may be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.
—Clare Boothe Luce (1903–87) American Playwright, Diplomat, Journalist, Diplomat, Elected Rep
Just a wee cot—the cricket’s chirr—love and the smiling face of her.
—James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Writer
The first sure symptom of a mind in health, is rest of heart, and pleasure felt at home.
—Edward Young (1683–1765) English Poet
No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is so dressed.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.
—Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805) German Poet, Dramatist
The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well-ordered homes of the people.
—Lydia H. Sigourney (1791–1865) American Poetaster, Author
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes—and six months later you have to start all over again.
—Joan Rivers (1933–2014) American Comedienne, Writer
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
—Charles Dickens (1812–70) English Novelist
An Englishman’s home is his castle.
The most essential element in any home is God.
—Frank Hall Crane (1873–1948) American Stage and Film Actor, Director
To most men their early home is no more than a memory of their early years. The image is never marred. There’s no disappointment in memory, and one’s exaggerations are always on the good side.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home-feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.
—Washington Irving (1783–1859) American Essayist, Biographer, Historian
Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men’s belief that they “own” their bodies — those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
—C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish-born British Academic, Author, Literary Scholar
The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.
—Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) American Head of State, Lawyer
A man is always nearest to his good when at home, and farthest from it when away.
—Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–81) American Editor, Novelist
The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.