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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, Martin Chuzzlewit

When home is ruled according to God's word, angels might be asked to stay a night with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element.

CHARLES SPURGEON, John Ploughman's Talk and Pictures

The youth without a home is like a mariner without a compass, in a boundless sea: he has no point from which or to which to direct his course, but is driven, here and there, upon a tumultuous ocean, unknowing and unknown.

WILSON CONWORTH, The Knickerbocker, Feb. 1837

Home is like the ship at sea,
Sailing on eternally;
Oft the anchor forth we cast,
But can never make it fast.


Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.


Some people like their homes, some detest their homes, and still others feel deeply ambivalent. Those who have negative feelings about their homes usually believe something was missing in their homes when they were young and conclude that, as a consequence, something is missing inside of them. Often the missing part is awareness of their livability and their right to be respected. Some struggle for years to fill this void, then give up in despair. Others recognize the problem and decide to design a better home for themselves, one that contributes to success, not failure.

MURIEL JAMES, It's Never Too Late to Be Happy

A man's house is his castle.

EDWARD COKE, The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England

Home is like what you take away each time you leave the house. Like a wristwatch, it ticks beside the ticking that is your heart. Whether or not you hear it, look at its face, or feel its hold. We're with you is what the minute, hour, and second hands of home have to tell.


The sweetest type of heaven is home — nay, heaven itself is the home for whose acquisition we are to strive the most strongly. Home, in one form and another, is the great object of life. It stands at the end of every day's labor, and beckons us to its bosom; and life would be cheerless and meaningless, did we not discern across the river that divides it from the life beyond, glimpses of the pleasant mansions prepared for us.

JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND, Gold-Foil, Hammered from Popular Proverbs

For almost everyone the notion of home is usually a positive one. It is the known as opposed to the unknown; it is certainty as opposed to uncertainty, security rather than insecurity, the knowledge that in the final analysis someone else, our parents, will make the necessary decisions and will protect us from harm. It is the familiar and predictable. Better that than the unknown, the unpredictable, with a stranger imposing strange ways. It is also the primordial sense of the need for security, of being held, of belonging.

STEPHEN SHAW, "Returning Home"

For too many people, coming home is like arriving at a second job. With all the chores to do, bills to pay, mail to answer, e-mail to answer, and the rest, home can seem more like a pit stop than a sanctuary.

VICTORIA MORAN, Creating a Charmed Life

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, The Poetics of Space

'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there 's no place like home;
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which sought through the world is ne'er met with elsewhere.


Home and heaven are not so far separated as we sometimes think. Nay, they are not separated at all, for they are both in the same great building. Home is the lower story, and is located down here on the ground floor; heaven is above stairs, in the second and third stories; and, as one after another the family is called to come up higher, that which seemed to be such a strange place begins to wear a familiar aspect; and, when at last not one is left below, the home is transferred to heaven, and heaven is home.


Home is all the things you know by name: a family of dishes, books, and clothes that waits for you to choose among them every day. We're ready for you is what the chorus in your house sings. Your fingerprints are grinning on their faces.


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

SAMUEL BUTLER, The Way of All Flesh

Parents! do not send your sons and daughters from home. Do not destroy the love for your fireside, and the objects about home. Let their eyes rest upon the same furniture, and the same prospects; let their slumbers be, where they slept when very young. There are valuable associations there. Keep them under the shadow of your wings. They were given to you; who can watch over them like you?

WILSON CONWORTH, The Knickerbocker, Feb. 1837

If you know you're going home, the journey is never too hard.

ANGELA WOOD, Judaism for Today

The first sense of self as a success or failure develops within the home, regardless of what the home is like. Some homes are like prisons; some are like sanctuaries. Some are like playgrounds or circuses or hospitals or hotels or schools.

MURIEL JAMES, It's Never Too Late to Be Happy

Home is the place where you are most thoroughly yourself, with no pretenses.

VICTORIA MORAN, Creating a Charmed Life

The home is like a reservoir pouring water into every avenue in moral life, in social life, in political life, in all life. If there are not enough moral principles to make the family adhere, there will not be enough political principles to make the state adhere. The same storm that upsets the ship in which the family sails will sink the frigate of the Constitution. The door of the home is the best fortress. Household utensils are the best artillery against evil invasions.

ROBERT G. LEE, "The Influence of a Christian Home"

Home is like a garden, and the elder is the master landscaper, knowledgeable of the seasons, times for planting and pruning, and ritual significance and medicinal properties of flowers, herbs, fruits and leaves.

GRAHAM D. ROWLES & Habib Chaudhury, Home and Identity Late in Life

Home is one of the sweetest words in the English language. At home we find food, clothing, and shelter. There infancy is cradled, childhood nurtured, youth guarded, manhood inspired, age supported. There sickness is healed, and sorrow soothed. There weariness rests, and oppression finds an asylum. Home is a magnet which ever attracts the heart, whether we sail on distant seas or wander in foreign climes. In the darkest day, the loneliest hour, the memory of home is like the dew upon Hermon, that falls in the night-season. Home is an oasis abounding in sparkling fountains, carolling birds, umbrageous trees, and spicy odors. What is home, when worthy of the name, but a relic of Paradise--a type of heaven!

A. G. STACY, The Home Circle, Jun. 1856

You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, ... back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame ... back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time-back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.

THOMAS WOLFE, You Can't Go Home Again

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

WINSTON CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Churchill: A Self-Portrait

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