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Once, when our children were about five and eight, they were caught arguing. I can remember my husband stopping them and saying, "This is home. Now, outside of these four walls people are going to hurt you, they're going to call you names. But inside these four walls we build each other. Do you understand? We build each other." ~~ Gail MacDonald


The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes. ~~ Confucius


The Yuppie idea of a future ain't my idea of a future. Your safe car, and home, and job, and all the time rushing between the three -- let's make people feel they can grow up and have some education, some interest in life! That's what counts! ~~ Joe Strummer


Middle age is when you have a choice of two temptations and choose the one that will get you home earlier. ~~ Unattributed


I remember days when we were younger, we used to catch o`opu in the mountain stream

Around the Ko`olau hills we'd ride on horseback, so long ago it seems it was a dream

Last night I dreamt I was returning, and my heart called out to you

But I fear you won't be like I left you.

Me ke aloha Ku`u Home `O Kahalu`u ~~ Jerry Santos ["Ku`u Home `O Kahalu`u"]


We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down. ~~ Jean Anouilh


I never married because I have three pets at home that answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night. ~~ Marie Corelli


In love of home, the love of country has its rise. ~~ Charles Dickens ["The Old Curiosity Shop"]


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


A true lady or gentleman remains at home with a grouch same as if they had pneumonia. ~~ Frank McKinney ("Kin") Hubbard


I don't fly any awards at the house. Any award you get is usually for something you've done in the past. And I like to keep looking forward. ~~ Garth Brooks


Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace. ~~ Vernon G. Baker


The modern idea of home has been well expressed as the place one goes from the garage. ~~ George Wickersham


There is no use in walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being as unsuccessful near home. ~~ Unattributed


Keeping house is like stringing beads with no knot in the end of the thread. ~~ Unattributed


The number of accidents in the home is rising; people aren't spending enough time there to know their way around. ~~ Unattributed


My body is merely the shell of my soul

But the flesh must be given its due

Like a pony that carries its rider back home

Like an old friend that's tried and been true. ~~ John Denver (see Said Who?) and Joe Henry ["Eagles and Horses"]


There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~~ Jane Austen


Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

They have to take you in. ~~ Robert Frost


Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately homes or products of mill or field are our country? It is the splendid thought that is in our minds. ~~ Benjamin Harrison


One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. ~~ Margaret Mead


I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~~ Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin]


Eden is that old-fashioned House

We dwell in every day

Without suspecting our abode

Until we drive away. ~~ Emily Dickinson


The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life. ~~ George Bernard Shaw


Home is not where you live but where they understand you. ~~ Christian Morgenstern


Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there. ~~ Walter Cronkite


Once there was a house with the ceiling on the floor.

Once there was a house with a window in the door,

And in the house there lived a dog who was a cat

Who wore a kind of coat that looked just like a hat. ~~ Robert Paul Smith


I hear her voice, in the mornin' hour she calls,

The radio reminds me of my home far away,

And driving down the road I get a feelin'

That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday. ~~~ Bill Danoff and John Denver ["Take Me Home, Country Roads"]


Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all. ~~ Voltaire


Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope. ~~ John Ciardi


I have come back again to where I belong; not an enchanted place, but the walls are strong. ~~ Dorothy H. Rath


Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:

Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand! ~~ Edna St. Vincent Millay


Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home. ~~ Thornton Wilder


I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home. ~~ William Hazlitt


Home is where you can scratch where it itches. ~~ Old Postcard


Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back. ~~ Earl Wilson


Perhaps love is like a resting place

A shelter from the storm

It exists to give you comfort

It is there to keep you warm

And in those times of trouble

When you are most alone

The memory of love will bring you home. ~~ John Denver


The quality of our family life, as well as our relationships with each other, our extended family, and our fellow human beings, is all directly related to our family's purpose. Home gives me a set of beliefs that are foundational to the way I view the world. These beliefs are the glass through which I look to view life, the filter by which I process all information, the formula for how I make choices and decisions. ~~ Bill and Nancie Carmichael


No matter how carefully you plan, and no matter how rationally you justify your behavior, trying to run two homes at the same time is a crazy, difficult task that produces more frustrations than rewards... Don't try it if you scare easily. ~~ James A. Michener


One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home. ~~ Pam Brown


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


[On his son, John F. Kennedy:] He may be president, but he still comes home and swipes my socks. ~~ Joseph P. Kennedy


Home is where you can say anything you please, because nobody pays any attention to you anyway. ~~ Joe Moore


It's no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough. ~~ Albert Camus


You can't go home again. ~~ Thomas Wolfe


The best way to keep children at home is to make the atmosphere pleasant and let the air out of the tires. ~~ Dorothy Parker


Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never, never be both. ~~ David Brown


There are some things best done for love, not for gain. Child rearing is one of the most obvious examples. Children need to know that their parents love them unconditionally. By sacrificing a second income so one parent can be home, parents boost their children's self-esteem much more than by taking them to work once a year. ~~ Charles Colson ["Burden of Truth"]


In a home that's a refuge, chores can wait a few moments while a child strokes and confides in a cat. A father can watch television with a bowl of popcorn in his lap and choose not to answer the phone. A mother can relax in a tub undisturbed while her worries melt away. ~~ Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg ["Table Talk"]


Peace, like charity, begins at home. ~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


One sweetly solemn thought

Comes to me o'er and o'er;

I am nearer home today

Than I ever have been before. ~~ Phoebe Cary


To an open house in the evening

Home shall men come,

To an older place than Eden

And a taller town than Rome. ~~ G. K. Chesterton ["The House of Christmas"]


There is no evidence that at any time during its history the cat's way of life and its reception into human homesteads were purposely planned and directed by humans, as was the case with all other domestic animals, at least from a very early stage of their association… In other words, there was no agent domesticating the cat besides the cat himself. ~~ Paul Leyhausen


The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do is destroyed, laid waste, or eaten within 24 hours. ~~ Lady Kasluck


Some keep the Sabbath going to Church --

I keep it, staying at Home --

With a bobolink for a Chorister --

And an Orchard, for a Dome -- ~~ Emily Dickinson


Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door. ~~ Charles Dickens


On appointment to a government post:] Never for a day let them forget that you can pick up your marbles and go home. ~~ Douglas Dillon


Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs. ~~ Alfred Hitchcock


A good laugh is sunshine in a house. ~~ William Makepeace Thackeray


A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul. ~~ Phillip Moffitt


This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~~ Elmer Davis


Half to forget the wandering and pain,

Half to remember days that have gone by,

And to dream and dream that I am home again! ~~ James Elroy Flecker


If you leave home for a while … you question the conventional wisdom you've grown up with. That doesn't mean you have to change your opinions or who you are, but it's good to ask the questions. ~~ Molly Ringwald


You know where your home is because you've been there long enough. You know all the peculiarities of the people around you, because you are one of them. ~~ Pieter-Dirk Uys


My motto for the home, in education as in life, is this: For heaven's sake, let people live their own lives. It is an attitude that fits any situation. ~~ A. S. Neill


One of the elements of a happy home is a careful attention to courtesy. Family affection may be strong and devoted, but it is hard to realize it when the manner is hasty, the speech sarcastic or fault finding. ~~ The Old Farmers Almanac (1882)


He is the happiest, be king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


How does it feel

To be without a home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone? ~~ Bob Dylan


Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. ~~ Bill Cosby


Never change when love has found its home. ~~ Sextus Propertius ["Elegies"]


That is my home of love: if I have rang'd,

Like him that travels, I return again. ~~ William Shakespeare ["Sonnet 109"]


Charity begins at home. ~~ Terence ["Andria"]


In politics I am growing indifferent -- I would like it, if I could now return to my planting and books at home. ~~ Ulysses Simpson Grant


Driving a car is like playing baseball. The object in both is to get home safely. ~~ Joe Moore


I knew from the start if I left a woman I really loved -- the Great Society -- in order to fight that bitch of a war [in Vietnam] … then I would lose everything at home. My hopes … my dreams. ~~ Lyndon Baines Johnson


Big Blue Mountain Spirit,

The home made of blue clouds...

I am grateful for that mode of goodness there. ~~ Chant [Apache]


True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table:

Luckiest he who knows just when to rise and go home. ~~ John Milton Hay


Father, dear father, come home with me now,

The clock in the belfry strikes one;

You said you were coming right home from the shop

As soon as your day's work was done. ~~ Henry Clay Work ["Come Home, Father" (1864)]


I read within a poet's book

A word that starred the page,

"Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage."

Yes, that is true, and something more:

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 ["Home Song"]


Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him. ~~ Geoffrey Holder


Home is eating cold watermelon together on a hot day in the backyard and building a snowman six months later in the same spot. Home is where I discover wonder and learn to dream. It is where I find joy. ~~ Bill and Nancie Carmichael


Home is where one starts from. As we grow older

The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated

Of dead and living. Not the intense moment

Isolated, with no before and after,

But a lifetime burning in every moment

And not the lifetime of one man only

But of old stones that cannot be deciphered. ~~ Thomas Stearns Eliot


Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,

Who never to himself hath said,

This is my own, my native land!

Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd

As home his footsteps he hath turn'd

From wandering on a foreign strand! ~~ Sir Walter Scott


End the Vietnam War and bring our kids home. From Canada. ~~ Graffito [1960s]


At every party there are two kinds of people -- those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other. ~~ Ann Landers


If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers. ~~ Maya Angelou


In every house of marriage there's room for an interpreter. ~~ Stanley Kunitz


When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar. ~~ Bruce Springsteen


A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played by this incomparable actor. ~~ Jules Champfleury


Poverty is very good in poems but very bad in the house; very good in maxims and sermons but very bad in practical life. ~~ Henry Ward Beecher


Each suburban housewife spends her time presiding over a power plant sufficient to have staffed the palace of a Roman emperor with a hundred slaves. ~~ Margaret Mead


Since the concepts people live by are derived only from perceptions and from language and since the perceptions are received and interpreted only in light of earlier concepts, man comes pretty close to living in a house that language built. ~~ Russell R. W. Smith


Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom;

Lead thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on!

Keep thou my feet: I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me. ~~ John Henry Cardinal Newman ["The Pillar of Cloud"]


So what if my telephone is turned off again at home? Or my electricity is shut off? Or my credit cards canceled? If you don't bet, you don't have a chance to win. It's so silly in life not to pursue the highest possible thing you can imagine, even if you run the risk of losing it all, because if you don't pursue it you've lost it anyway. You can't be an artist and be safe. ~~ Francis Ford Coppola


I'd help the homeless. And I would be sure that everyone has a rose. ~~ Sixth-grader's essay


Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need -- a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ~~ Jerome K. Jerome ["Three Men in a Boat"]


Housework can kill you if done right. ~~ Erma Bombeck


Good Morning -- Midnight --

I'm coming Home --

Day -- got tired of Me --

How could I -- of Him? ~~Emily Dickinson


The toughest thing about being a housewife is you have no place to stay home from. ~~ Patricia C. Beudoin


Always design a thing by considering it in its larger context -- a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. ~~ Eliel Saarinen


live in another dimension, but I have a summer home in reality. ~~ Unattributed


A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~~ George Moore


Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there. ~~ Clare Boothe Luce


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


Well-known home economist Betty Crocker never existed. She was invented by a PR man in the 1920s… Unlike Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima was a real person. ~~ Deane Jordan ["1,001 Facts Somebody Screwed Up"]


Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home. ~~ David Frost


Before deciding to retire, stay home for a week and watch the daytime TV shows. ~~ Bill Copeland


If this world affords true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered. ~~ A. Edward Newton


If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. ~~ Thurgood Marshall


unlove's the heavenless hell and homeless home … lovers alone wear sunlight. ~~ e. e. cummings


Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house

right now. ~~ Harry S Truman


When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. ~~ Sam Ewing


he only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. ~~ Elbert Hubbard


One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground. ~~ Baltasar Gracian


People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes. ~~ "Christian Science Monitor"


A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent, you think you are going mad. ~~ John Andrew Holmes


Always leave home with a tender goodbye and loving words. They may be the last. ~~ Unattributed


A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it. ~~ Don Fraser


They were always reading the law to her at home, which might not have been so bad if her father and mother had read from the same book. ~~ Jessamyn West


As a substitute father for hundreds of youths over the past thirteen years, I have yet to encounter a young person in difficulty whose trouble could not be traced to the lack of a strong father image in his home. ~~ Paul Anderson


When it comes to parenting, kids don't bloom and grow if their roots are constantly ripped out. Insecurity in a home pulls our roots; security provides the depth and shelter for them to thrive. ~~ Gary Smalley and John Trent


When there was room on the ledge outside of the pots and boxes for a cat, the cat was there -- in sunny weather -- stretched out at full length, asleep and blissful, with her furry belly to the sun and a paw curved over her nose. Then that house was complete, and its contentment and peace were made manifest to the world by this symbol, whose testimony is infallible. A home without a cat -- and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat -- may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title? ~~ Mark Twain


My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong. ~~ Mother Jones [Irish American labor organizer and humanitarian]


We do not need to burn down the house to kill the rats. ~~ Herbert Clark Hoover


I'm convinced there is an incredible advantage for kids who are raised in a home where they can be totally confident that Mom and Dad love each other. ~~ Jay Kesler


When Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner, then I'll clean the house. ~~ Roseanne Barr


You know what helped us in the Swindoll home? To think of where we live as a training place, not a showplace. The home is a laboratory where experiments are tried out. It is a place where life makes up its mind. The home is a place where a child is free to think, to talk, to try out ideas. ~~ Charles Swindoll ["Growing Wise in Family Life"]


Children really brighten up a household -- they never turn the lights off. ~~ Ralph Bus


The best
Thing we can do is make wherever we're lost in
Look as much like home as we can. ~~ Christopher Fry ["The Lady's Not for Burning"]