An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.


Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962, French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist)


Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.


John Betjeman (1906-1984, British poet)


Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.


Sarah Ban Breathnach (American author)


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 (American author)


The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.


Thomas Campion


A man's home is his wife's castle.


Alexander Chase


The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail -- its roof may shake -- the wind may blow through it -- the storm may enter -- the rain may enter -- but the King of England cannot enter! -- all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


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 M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Going home must be like going to render an account.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


A house is a machine for living in.


Le Corbusier


Nothing annoys a woman more than to have company drop in unexpectedly and find the house looking as it usually does.


Frank Dane


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 (1812-1870, British novelist)


Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Where thou art, that is home.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American 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 (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


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 (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn't done it.


Evan Esar


There is no sanctuary of virtue like home.


Edward Everett (1794-1865, American statesman, scholar)


Construed as turf, home just seems a provisional claim, a designation you make upon a place, not one it makes on you. A certain set of buildings, a glimpsed, smudged window-view across a schoolyard, a musty aroma sniffed behind a garage when you were a ch


Richard Ford (1944-, American author)


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


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Estate agents. You can't live with them, you can't live without them. The first sign of these nasty purulent sores appeared round about 1894. With their jangling keys, nasty suits, revolting beards, moustaches and tinted spectacles, estate agents roam the land causing perturbation and despair. If you try to kill them, you're put in prison; if you try to talk to them, you vomit. There's only one thing worse than an estate agent, but at least that can be safely lanced, drained and surgically dressed. Estate agents. Love them or loathe them; you'd be mad not to loathe them.


Stephen Fry


Be he a king or a peasant, he is happiest who finds peace at home.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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)


The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


It is, indeed, at home that every man must be known by those who would make a just estimate either of his virtue or felicity; for smiles and embroidery are alike occasional, and the mind is often dressed for show in painted honor, and fictitious benevolence.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The examples of vice at home corrupt us more quickly and easily than others, since they steal into our minds under the highest authority.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do is destroyed, laid waste or eaten within twenty four hours.


Lady Kasluck


Owning your own home is America's unique recipe for avoiding revolution and promoting pseudo-equality at the same time. To keep citizens puttering in their yards instead of sputtering on the barricades, the government has gladly deprived itself of billions in tax revenues by letting home "owners" deduct mortgage interest payments.


Florence E. King (1936-, American author, critic)


One returns to the place one came from.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


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, critic)


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 (1919-1987, Italian chemist, author)


A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


What the Nation must realize is that the home, when both parents work, is non-existent. Once we have honestly faced that fact, we must act accordingly.


Agnes Meyer


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 Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.


Thomas Moore (1779-1852, Irish poet)


If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.


William Morris (1834-1896, British artist, writer, printer)


Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.


Charles H. Parkhurst (1842-1933, American clergyman, reformer)


Home is where the heart is.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments.


Channing Pollock (1946-, American actor)


You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town.


Henry O. Porter (1862-1910, American short-story writer)


A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


He makes his home where the living is best.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


It matters less to a person where they are born than where they can live.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


One may make their house a palace of shame, or they can make it a home, a refuge.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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, British critic, social theorist)


There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


People usually are the happiest at home.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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-born British dramatist)


A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


Home is where there's one to love us.


Charles Swain


Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind us much debris of cast-off and everyday clothing.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


I had three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Home is the place where we are treated the best, but grumble the most.


Author Unknown


When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.


Peter De Vries (1910-1993, American author)


It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there.


Elsie De Wolfe


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