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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.

Author: Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

Profession: French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

Houses are built to live in, and not to look on: therefore let use be preferred before uniformity.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.

Author: John Betjeman (1906-1984)

Profession: British Poet

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.

Author: Sarah Ban Breathnach

Profession: American Author

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.

Author: Bill Bryson

Profession: American Author

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

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.

Author: Thomas Campion


You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

A man's home is his wife's castle.

Author: Alexander Chase


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!

Author: William Pitt The Elder, Lord Chatham (1708-1778)

Profession: British Statesman

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.

Author: Lydia M. Child (1802-1880)

Profession: American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor

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

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.

Author: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

Profession: French Author