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  • 61.
    flight from tyranny does not of itself insure a safe asylum, far less a happy home.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The Encantadas" (1854), sketch tenth, The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
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  • 62.
    While I play the good husband at home, my son and his servant spend all at the university.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Vincentio, in The Taming of the Shrew, act 5, sc. 1, l. 68-70. Mistakenly thinking his son Lucentio is a spendthrift; "good husband" = careful manager.)
  • 63.
    Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
    (Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet, critic. Essays in Criticism, preface, First Series (1865). Referring to Oxford University; see Arnold's comment on "cities.")
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  • 64.
    Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, August 24, 1797, to Franz Kirms.)
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  • 65.
    Not always can flowers, pearls, poetry, protestations, nor even home in another heart, content the awful soul that dwells in clay.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Love," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 66.
    Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 13, "Nausicaa," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Leopold Bloom on the basic Joycean plot.)
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  • 67.
    Your praise is come too swiftly home before you.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Adam, in As You Like It, act 2, sc. 2, l. 9. Orland's good reputation has made his brother hate him.)
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  • 68.
    A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Leonato, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 1, sc. 1, l. 8-9. On a battle won with almost no loss of life.)
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  • 69.
    It is after we get home that we really go over the mountain, if ever.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, November 16, 1857, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 321, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 70.
    Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.
    (Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "Breaking Chains and Encouraging Life," Ms. (New York, April 1980).)
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