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For a man's house is his castle.
      - Lord Edward Coke, Institutes
         (pt. III, Against Going, or Riding Armed, p. 162)

The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
      - Lord Edward Coke, Reports, Semaynes' Case
         (vol. III, pt. V, p. 185),
        also found in Broom's Legal Maxims, max. 432

For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium [and one's home is the safest refuge to everyone].
      - Lord Edward Coke, Third Institute

For the whole world, without a native home,
  Is nothing but a prison of larger room.
      - Abraham Cowley, To the Bishop of Lincoln
         (l. 27)

This fond attachment to the well-known place
  Whence first we started into life's long race,
    Maintains its hold with such unfailing sway,
      We feel it e'en in age, and at our latest day.
      - William Cowper

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

Our home is still home, be it ever so homely.
      - Charles Dibdin

If ever household affections and loves are graceful things, they are graceful in the poor. The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of the true metal and bear the stamp of heaven.
      - Charles Dickens

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.
      - Alexander Dickson

I have always felt that the best security for civilization is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends more than anything else the improvement of mankind. Such dwellings are the nursery of all domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exercise of those virtues is impossible.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The little smiling cottage! where at eve
  He meets his rosy children at the door,
    Prattling their welcomes, and his honest wife,
      With good brown cake and bacon slice, intent
        To cheer his hunger after labor hard.
      - Sir Edward Dyer

I am far frae my hame, an' i'm weary aften whiles,
  For the longed-for hame-bringing an' my Father's welcome smiles.
      - Erastus W. Ellsworth, My Ain Country

The house is a castle which the King cannot enter.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        English Traits--Wealth

There is no sanctuary of virtue like a home.
      - Edward Everett

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. For human beings are not so constituted that they can live without expansion. If they do not get it in one way, they must in another, or perish.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

There's nobody at home
  But Jumping Joan,
    And father and mother and I.
      - George Gascoigne, Tale of Ieronimi

The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor,
  The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door;
    The chest contriv'd a double debt to pay,
      A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 227)

At night returning, every labour sped,
  He sits him down, the monarch of a shed;
    Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys
      His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze;
        While his lov'd partner, boastful of her hoard,
          Displays her cleanly platter on the board.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 191)

How small of all that human hearts endure,
  That part which laws or kings can cause or cure!
    Still to ourselves in every place consigned,
      Our own felicity we make or find.
        With secret course, which no loud storms annoy,
          Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 429)

What if in Scotland's wilds we viel'd our head,
  Where tempests whistle round the sordid bed;
    Where the rug's two-fold use we might display,
      By night a blanket, and a plaid by day.
      - attributed to Edward Burnaby Greene,
        The Satires of Juvenal Paraphrastically Imitated, and adapted to the Times,
        in the British Museum Catalog

What's the good of a home, if you are never in it?
      - George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith,
        The Diary of a Nobody (ch. 1)

Are you not surprised to find how independent of money peace of conscience is, and how much happiness can be condensed in the humblest home?
      - James Hamilton

It is to Jesus Christ we owe the truth, the tenderness, the purity, the warm affection, the holy aspiration, which go together in that endearing word--home; for it is He who has made obedience so beautiful, and affection so holy; it is He who has brought the Father's home so near, and has taught us that love is of God.
      - James Hamilton

Keep the home near heaven. Let it face toward the Father's house. Not only let the day begin and end with God, with mercies acknowledged and forgiveness sought, but let it be seen and felt that God is your chiefest joy, His will in all you do the absolute and sufficient reason.
      - James Hamilton

The home came from heaven. Modeled on the Father's house and the many mansions, and meant the one to be a training place for the other, the home is one of the gifts of the Lord Jesus--a special creation of Christianity.
      - James Hamilton


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