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Housewarming Quotations



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


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


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


He that has a house to put 's head in has a good head-piece. ~William Shakespeare, King Lear, c.1605  [III, 2, Fool]


May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.
~Irish blessing


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. ~Rose Wilder Lane, 1927


The universe is merely a fleeting idea in God's mind — a pretty uncomfortable thought, particularly if you've just made a down payment on a house. ~Woody Allen


[N]o man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles deep; and that is a very handsome property. ~Charles Dudley Warner, "Preliminary," My Summer in a Garden, 1870


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


—Man, through all ages of revolving time,
Unchanging man, in every varying clime,
Deems his own land of every land the pride,
Beloved by Heaven o'er all the world beside;
His home the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
~James Montgomery, "The West Indies," 1807  [context: home country, patriotism —tg]


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


People are living longer than ever before, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30-year mortgage. ~Doug Larson, United Feature Syndicate, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1992


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


There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house. ~Joe Ryan, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1978


May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends. ~Author unknown


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"


Any home can be a castle when the king and the queen are in love. ~Author unknown


And of all man's felicities
      The very subtlest one, say I,
Is when for the first time he sees
      His hearthfire smoke against the sky.
~Christopher Morley, "A Hallowe'en Memory""


Th' feller that owns his own home is allus jist comin' out o' a hardware store. ~Kin Hubbard ("Abe Martin")


A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


And unless one decorates one's house for oneself alone, best leave it bare, for other people are all wall-eyed. ~D. H. Lawrence


...old Houses mended,
Cost little less than new, before they're ended...
~Colley Cibber, The Double Gallant: or, The Sick Lady's Cure, 1707


It's really the cat's house — we just pay the mortgage. ~Author unknown


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"


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent, in The Charleston Gazette, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1994


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, 1813


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


I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home. ~Nancie J. Carmody


Where Thou art – that – is Home...
~Emily Dickinson


Cleaning your house
While your kids are still growing
Is like shoving the walk
Before it stops snowing.
THE SLOPPY HOUSEKEEPER'S ALMANAC
~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966


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


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


The year is divided into four seasons: Shoveling, seeding, mowing, and raking. ~William D. Tammeus, in Kansas City Star


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





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