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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

To invite a person to your house is to take charge of his happiness as long as he be beneath your roof. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste; or, Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825, translated by Fayette Robinson, 1854

If it were not for guests all houses would be graves. ~Khalil Gibran

The sweetest words in the English language are: — "Welcome. Make yourself at home." ~Author unknown, c. 1949

If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also. ~Russian Proverb

I always feel that I have two duties to perform with a parting guest: one, to see that he doesn't forget anything that is his; the other, to see that he doesn't take anything that is mine. ~Alfred North Whitehead

Staying with people consists in your not having your own way, and their not having theirs. ~Maarten Maartens

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure. ~Portuguese Proverb

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it. ~Author Unknown

Santa Claus has the right idea: Visit people once a year. ~Victor Borge

When hospitality becomes an art, it loses its very soul. ~Max Beerbohm

Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests. ~Max Beerbohm

Visitor's footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. ~African Proverb

The ornaments of your home are the people who smile upon entering time and time again. ~Maralee McKee

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, and so we buy ice-creams. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the quantity of the meat but the cheerfulness of the guests which makes the feast. ~Edward Hyde

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. ~Samuel Pepys

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house. ~Robert Brault,

The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post. ~Charles Beresford, telegram reply to a dinner invitation

Guests bring good luck with them. ~Turkish Proverb

Fish and visitors smell in three days. ~Benjamin Franklin

Guests stay where you've put them, and carry on doing whatever you suggested they do, until you suggest they stop and do something else. If you leave them drinking a cup of tea and looking through your holiday slides, they're supposed to sit tight till you ask them to come and string beans in your kitchen. ~Anne Fine

People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them. ~Anton Chekhov

Keeping one's guests supplied with liquor is the first law of hospitality. ~Margaret Way

Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table. ~William Powell

A dinner invitation, once accepted, is a sacred obligation. If you die before the dinner takes place, your executor must attend. ~Ward McAllister

If you would have guests merry with your cheer
Be so yourself, or so at least appear.
~Author Unknown

Hospitality, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Modern carpet designs may provide endless entertainment for your guests. ~W. Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne, How to Live in a Flat, 1936

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. ~Author Unknown

Few enjoy noisy overcrowded functions. But they are a gesture of goodwill on the part of host or hostess, and also on the part of guests who submit to them. ~Fannie Hurst

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