Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
—Colette (1873–1954) French Novelist, Performer
A man’s homeland is wherever he prospers.
—Aristophanes (447–386 BCE) Greek Comic Playwright
Woman, the more careful she is about her face, the more careless about her house.
—Ben Jonson (1572–1637) English Dramatist, Poet, Actor
No worldly success can compensate for failure in the home.
—David O. McKay (1873–1970) American Mormon Religious Leader
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
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Earth is but a marketplace; heaven is home.
You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.
—Maya Angelou (1928–2014) American Poet
Who knows the language is at home everywhere.
Six things are requisite to create a “happy home.” Integrity must be the architect, and tidiness the upholsterer. It must be warmed by affection, lighted up with cheerfulness; and industry must be the ventilator, renewing the atmosphere and bringing in fresh salubrity day by day; while over all, as a protecting canopy and glory, nothing will suffice except the blessing of God.
—James Hamilton (1814–67) Scottish Protestant Minister
The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home.
You travel on until you return home; you live on until you return to earth.
Cooking: An art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.
—Richard Burton (1925–84) Welsh Actor
Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.
A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845) English Clergyman, Essayist, Wit
My home…It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
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
A woman’s place is in the home.
You cannot buy wisdom abroad if there is none at home.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
—Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013) British Head of State
Home is where the heart is.
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
It matters less to a person where they are born than where they can live.
If you find your friend on the sofa at home with your wife, you had better sell the sofa.
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
If you’re going home, you don’t get wet.
A lonely person is at home everywhere.
The examples of vice at home corrupt us more quickly and easily than others, since they steal into our minds under the highest authority.
—Juvenal (c.60–c.136 CE) Roman Poet
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
—Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet
An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
Not the place where I was born but where I hang my hat is home.
What a fool he must be who thinks that his El Dorado is anywhere but where he lives.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
There is no sanctuary of virtue like home.
—Edward Everett (1794–1865) American Politician, Scholar
If men lived like men indeed, their houses would be temples—temples which we should hardly dare to injure, and in which it would make us holy to be permitted to live; and there must be a strange dissolution of natural affection, a strange unthankfulness for all that homes have given and parents taught, a strange consciousness that we have been unfaithful to our fathers honor, or that our own lives are not such as would make our dwellings sacred to our children, when each man would fain build to himself, and build for the little revolution of his own life only.
—John Ruskin (1819–1900) English Writer, Art Critic
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
Abroad we judge the dress; at home we judge the man.
The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can’t help it—can’t help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.
—Marguerite Duras (1914–96) French Novelist, Playwright
Home life, as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home, sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
—Henry van Dyke Jr. (1852–1933) American Author, Educator, Clergyman
There is no happiness in life, and there is no misery, like that growing out of the dispositions which consecrate or desecrate a home.
—Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814–80) American Preacher, Poet
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
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
The hunter who always comes home with meat is a thief.
He who wants to be happy must stay at home.
The most essential element in any home is God.
—Frank Hall Crane (1873–1948) American Stage and Film Actor, Director
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
—Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780–1832) English Clergyman, Aphorist
Be a lion at home and a fox abroad.
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
Our home joys are the most delightful earth affords, and the joy of parents in their children is the most holy joy of humanity. It makes their hearts pure and good, it lifts men up to their Father in heaven.
—Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746–1827) Swiss Educator