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Our law calleth a man's house, his castle, meaning that he may defend himselfe therein.
      - William Lambarde, Eiren (II, VII, 257)

A house is a machine for living in.
  [Fr., Une maison est un machine-a-habiter.]
      - le Corbusier, Vers une architecture

Cling to thy home! If there the meanest shed
  Yield thee a hearth and shelter for thy head,
    And some poor plot, with vegetables stored,
      Be all that Heaven allots thee for thy board,
        Unsavory bread, and herbs that scatter'd grow
          Wild on the river-brink or mountain-brow;
            Yet e'en this cheerless mansion shall provide
              More heart's repose than all the world beside.
      - Leonidas of Tarentum

We may build more splendid habitations, fill our rooms with paintings and with sculptures, but we cannot buy with gold the old associations.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
  Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
    For those that wander they know not where
      Are full of trouble and full of care;
        To stay at home is best.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Song (st. 1)

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

A house of dreams untold,
  It looks out over the whispering treetops,
    And faces the setting sun.
      - Edward Alexander Macdowell,
        From a Log Cabin (heading),
        inscribed on memorial tablet near his grave

I in my own house am an emperor,
  And will defend what's mine.
      - Philip Massinger, Roman Actor
         (act I, sc. 2)

It is for homely features to keep home.
  They had their name thence.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 748)

Far from all resort of mirth,
  Save the cricket on the hearth.
      - John Milton, Il Penseroso (l. 81)

His home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
  A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
      - James Montgomery, West Indies
         (pt. III, l. 67)

The first indication of domestic happiness is the love of one's home.
      - Francois Dominique Reynaud de comte de Montlosier (Francis Montlosier)

Who has not felt how sadly sweet
  The dream of home, the dream of home,
    Steals o'er the heart, too soon to fleet,
      When far o'er sea or land we roam?
      - Thomas Moore, The Dream of Home

Subduing and subdued, the petty strife,
  Which clouds the colour of domestic life;
    The sober comfort, all the peace which springs
      From the large aggregate of little things;
        On these small cares of daughter, wife of friend,
          The almost sacred joys of home depend.
      - Hannah More, Sensibility

The beauty of the house is order,
  The blessing of the house is contentment,
    The glory of the house is hospitality.
      - Motto

By the fireside still the light is shining,
  The children's arms round the parents twining.
    From love so sweet, O who would roam?
      Be it ever so homely, home is home.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

Our natural and happiest life is when we lose ourselves in the exquisite absorption of home, the delicious retirement of dependent love.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
  Be it ever so humble, there's no place like Home.
      - John Howard Payne, Home Sweet Home,
        a song in "Clari, the Maid of Milan"

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter,--the rain may enter,--but the Kind of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        Speech on the Excise Bill

Home is where the heart is.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

My lodging is in Leather-Lane,
  A parlor that's next to the sky;
    'Tis exposed to the wind and the rain,
      But the wind and the rain I defy.
      - William Barnes Rhodes, Bombastes Furioso
         (sc. 4)

Just the wee cot--the cricket's chirr--
  Love and the smiling face of her.
      - James Whitcomb Riley, Ike Walton's Prayer

A happy home is the single spot of rest which a man has upon this earth for the cultivation of his noblest sensibilities.
      - Frederick William Robertson

To fireside happiness, to hours of ease
  Blest with that charm, the certainty to please.
      - Samuel Rogers, Human Life (l. 347)


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