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Quotations about Home

Everything is restless until it comes home. ~John Bate, The Local Preacher's Treasury, June 1885

Though care and trouble may be mine,
As down life's path I roam,
I'll heed them not while still I have
A world of love at home.
~J.J. Reynolds, "A World of Love at Home," in The New Monthly Belle Assemblée, October 1844

Thomas Wolfe warned in the title of America's great novel that "You Can't Go Home Again." I enjoyed the book but I never agreed with the title. I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of ones eyes and possibly in the gristle of the ear lobe. ~Maya Angelou, "Home," Letter to My Daughter, 2008

How powerful is the spell of home! ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Home, Sweet Home," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

For there we loved, and where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), "Homesick in Heaven," 1872

But it was home. And though home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit answered to, in strongest conjuration. ~Charles Dickens

When I a householder became
I had to give my house a name.
I thought I'd call it "Poplar Trees,"
Or "Widdershins" or "Velvet Bees,"
Or "Just Beneath a Star."
I thought of "House Where Plumbings Freeze,"
Or "As You Like it," "If You Please,"
Or "Nicotine" or "Bread and Cheese,"
"Full Moon," or "Doors Ajar."
~Christopher Morley, "On Naming a House"

Home is the definition of God. ~Emily Dickinson, 1870

Five of the sweetest words in the English language begin with H, which is only a breath — Heart, Hope, Home, Happiness, and Heaven. Heart is a hope-place, and home is a heart-place; and that man sadly mistaketh, who would exchange the happiness of home for anything less than heaven. ~The Youth's Companion, 1853

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in."
~Robert Frost

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to. ~John Ed Pearce, in Louisville Courier-Journal Magazine, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1986

Home is where the wi-fi connects automatically. ~Internet meme

He who abides far away from his home,
Is ever longing for the day he shall return.
~Rumi, translated by Edward Henry Whinfield

Three words fall on my listening ear
      Like music from an Angel-lyre,
And when those thrilling words I hear
      My spirit burns with Heavenly fire;
The sweetest words to mortals given,
Methinks are Mother, Home and Heaven...
~W. G. Brown, "Mother, Home, Heaven," 1851

It has been said that the sweetest words in our language are "Mother, Home and Heaven"; and one might almost say that the word "Home" included the others. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Home, Sweet Home," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

My Room shall be an Easy Room to Chat In,
With Chairs that look as if they had been Sat In.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Cheeriness," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

It's the prayer of the wandering, storm-tossed soul...
When we go home again!
~Esther M. Clark Hill, "Home," in Kansas City Star, 1920

O blessèd Home!...
Thy charms, like ivy, twine around the heart...
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "The Pleasures of Home," 1837–1840

Home: The place where the world's strife is shut out and the world's love is shut in. ~"Home," in Your Health!, compiled by Idelle Phelps, 1906

The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there. ~Ellie Rodriguez, @sapphiremoon13, December 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

Still Home is Home, when comes the trying hour,
Still Home is Home, to those who know its worth,
Still Home is Home, the dearest place on earth!
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "The Pleasures of Home," 1837–1840

Physically, our home is small and the rest of the world is large — but in our hearts, it's the other way around. ~Terri Guillemets

There's never a sky that shelters us
Like the one that glows above
The broad gray roof that is covering those
Of the blood and the name we love.
There's never a pleasant, sunlit road
In all the ways we roam
Like the little, narrow, familiar street
That runs by the door of home.
~Esther M. Clark Hill, "Home," in Kansas City Star, 1920

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author unknown

Now what shall I —
      Stay home or roam?
"Roam," Pleasure said;
      And Joy — "stay home."
~W. H. Davies, "The Best Friend," Bird of Paradise, 1914

Houses are the abiding joys; they are the most emotion-stirring of all things. An automobile is regarded with fond affection, a typewriter becomes an inseparable companion, clothes can stir sentimentality, and the bit of bric-a-brac is a toy one would weep to see torn away — but houses are real, deep, emotional things. How much excitement in the cutting of a window, what enormous importance in the angle of a roof! Albanians are right in knowing that far worse than to kill the criminal or the enemy is to burn his house. ~Rose Wilder Lane, letter to Dorothy Thompson, 1927, edited by William V. Holtz

Where Thou art – that – is Home...
Where Thou art not – is Wo...
~Emily Dickinson

Ah! there is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

O blessèd Home!...
There, lovelier landscapes seem to glow around,
There, brighter flowerets deck the sparkling ground,
There, every pleasing beauty seems more sweet...
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "The Pleasures of Home," 1837–1840

Oh, then, may our homes on earth be as green spots in the desert, to which we can retire when weary of the cares of life and drink the clear waters of a love which we know to be sincere and always unfailing. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Home, Sweet Home," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

...You 'll find, where'er you roam,
That marble floors and gilded walls
Can never make a home.
But 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, "A Home Song"

I remember the smell of home — the smell all children hold in their noses... ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Mother, 1992,

Delightful Home! though distant we may be,
Still there's a power that turns our thoughts to thee;
Conjures up visions in the restless brain,
That draws us back to youthful scenes again;
To harmless Childhood's pure and dreamy hours...
And pleasures gone we never more can share...
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "The Pleasures of Home," 1837–1840

A house that does not have one worn, comfy chair in it is soulless. ~May Sarton

In a cave dug out of the side of a cliff,
      —The Agent calls it a flat;
He thinks he knows, so I pay my rent,
      And let it go at that—
~Jean Wright, "A Fool on a Roof: Et in Arcadia Ego"

There is something marvelous about returning home at the end of a long day, even if there is tuna fish for dinner. ~Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, 2007

As the years go by, give me but peace,
Freedom from ten thousand matters.
I ask myself and always answer,
What can be better than coming home?
~Wang Wei, "Answering Vice-Prefect Chang," translated from the Chinese by Witter Bynner and Kiang Kang-hu

      "You must love this place very much," said Miss Fenn... "So many homes are like twenty others. But this is unique, and you seem to know every cranny of it. I dare say you could never love another home so well."
      "Oh, I carry it with me," said Deronda... "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

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway. ~Author unknown

The vale where first the breath of life I drew...
Where fled unheeded all my happiest hours...
Blest days gone by!—evanished like a dream—
Days of our Youth! when life could joy impart,
And little things could charm the simple heart...
~Henry Heavisides (1791–1870), "The Pleasures of Home," 1837–1840

One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening — the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life — and can never find again. After you leave home, you may find yourself feeling homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up... ~Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, 2007

'Twas there, oh humble love-illumined home,
We lived and loved, and tenderly took hands
Of those who loved us well—there kisses took
From lips now cold in death—there last we heard
A mother's and a sister's gentle words...
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), "A Home"

So, house, we love thee, as we could not love
A palace wherein no pulse of love had struck,
Where farewells had not been—and where
No busy memories haunt the vacant rooms.
~J.J. Britton (1832–1913), "A Home"

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