He who builds to every man's advice will have a crooked
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
It is a vicious thing ome writers do, to xcite the minds of eaders with the big profits available in
real estate while downplaying the work and the risks required to ake such returns.
— Jon Hanson
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
We give people a box in the suburbs, it's called a house, and every
night they sit in it staring at another box; in the morning they run off to another box called an office,
and at the weekends they get into another box, on wheels this time, and grope their way through endless
— Caroline Kelly
Houses and money are hard to come by
if you are not prepared to work for either.
— Dave Erhard
It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home.
— Edgar A. Guest
A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.
— George Carlin
The stately homes of England!
How beautiful they stand,
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
O'er all the pleasant land!
— Felicin Dorothear Hemans, The Homes of England
The property boom has made us all feel wealthy, but unfortunately it has lulled many of
those nearing retirement into a false sense of security.
— Noel Whittaker
Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a
positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just
encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but
let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from
— Abraham Lincoln
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
A house is a machine for living in.
— Le Corbusier
Drive inexpensive cars, but own the best house you can
— H. Jackson Brown,
You've heard of people living in a fool's paradise? Well, Leonora has a duplex there.
—George S. Kaufman
You just may be a redneck if your lawn furniture used to be your living
— Jeff Foxworthy
However, what if your lawn furniture used to be part of your van? What
does that make you?
— Ernie Wiegand
[Real] Estate agents. You can't live with them, you can't live with 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, [rea] estate agents roam the land causing perturbation and despair. If
you try and kill them, you're put in prison: if you try and talk to them, you vomit. There's only one thing
worse than a [real] estate agent but at least that can be safely lanced, drained and surgically dressed.
[Real} Estate agents. Love them or loathe them, you'd be mad not to loathe them.
— Stephen Fry
Hatred of domestic work is a natural and admirable result of
— Rebecca West
An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
— Samuel Butler
If your house is on fire, warm yourself by it.
— Spanish proverb
My house burnt down and now I can see the moon.
— Chinese proverb
Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.
— Robert Frost
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
I suppose I passed it a hundred times,
But I always stop for a minute.
And look at the house, the tragic house,
The house with nobody in it.
— Joyce Kilmer
One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a
— Hermann Hesse
Always live in the ugliest house on the street — then you don't have to
look at it.
— David Hockney
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
Ask yourself if you would feel comfortable giving your two best friends a
key to your house. If not, look for some new best friends.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of
— Peter De Vries
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
— Henry David Thoreau
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, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
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' honour, 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
To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a "home"
might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a
— Emily Post
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 The Elder, Lord Chatham (1708-78), English statesman
A man's house is his castle.
— Edward Coke, The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws Of England
Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of
— Virginia Woolf
Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven
The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is
that Which is the lot of the mass of mankind.
— Thomas Jefferson, in a letter in 1813
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 honour, and fictitious benevolence.
— Samuel Johnson
What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime,
and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It
gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. That's all that can be said about land.
— Oscar Wilde
If a man owns land, the land owns him.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal.
But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with
the desire for ownership.
— E. M. Forster
I have heard of a man who had a mind to sell his house, and therefore carried a piece of brick in his
pocket, which he shewed as a pattern to encourage purchasers.
— Jonathan Swift
Love and a cottage! Eh, Fanny! Ah, give me indifference and a coach and six!
— George Colman, the Elder
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
A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside.
— Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.
— George Bernard Shaw
Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is
natural to a cockatoo.
— George Bernard Shaw
The national sport of England is obstacle racing. People fill their rooms
with useless and cumbersome furniture, and spend the rest of their lives in trying to dodge it.
— Herbert Beerbohm Tree
My old man said, `Follow the van,
Don't dilly-dally on the way!'
Off went the cart with the home packed in it,
I walked behind with my old cock linnet.
But I dillied and dallied, dallied and dillied,
Lost the van and don't know where to roam.
— Charles Collins
Though the fact that they have to be rebuilt
And frequently mortgaged to the hilt
Is inclined to take the gilt
Off the gingerbread,
And certainly damps the fun
Of the eldest son.
— Noel Coward, The Stately Homes of England
Although very few people are actually called upon to live in palaces a very large number are unwilling
to admit the fact.
— Osbert Lancaster, Homes Sweet Homes
All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.
— Dorothy Parker
It looks different when you're sober. I thought I had twice as much furniture.
— Neil Simon
Conran's Law of Housework — it expands to fill the time available plus half an hour.
— Shirley Conran
Keeping house is as unpleasant and filthy as coal mining, and the pay's a lot worse.
— P. J. O'Rourke, The Bachelor Home Companion