Quotations About / On: HOUSE

  • 1.
    If there is on earth a house with many mansions, it is the house of words.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Anonymity: An Inquiry," pt. II (1925), in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951).)
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  • 2.
    They shift coffee-houses and chocolate-houses from hour to hour, to get over the insupportable labour of doing nothing.
    (Richard Steele (1672-1729), British dramatist, essayist, editor. Spectator (London, Sept. 9, 1712), no. 479, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965). Last words of article, referring to "loungers ... satisfied with being merely part of the number of mankind, without distinguishing themselves from amongst them.")
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  • 3.
    Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 4.
    A house in the country is not the same as a country house.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1933), originally published Banyan Press (1948). Blood on the Dining-Room Floor, Creative Arts Book Company, ed. John Herbert Gill (1982).)
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  • 5.
    Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
    (Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Tracts Relating to Poperty Laws, ch. 3, pt. 1 (1765), repr. In The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, vol. 9, ed. Paul Langford (1991).)
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  • 6.
    A house is a machine for living in.
    (Le Corbusier [Charle Édouard Jeanne] (1887-1965), Swiss-born French architect. Toward a New Architecture, ch. 1, "Eyes Which Do Not See: Airplanes," (1923, trans. 1946).)
  • 7.
    It's an ideal house for delirium tremens.
    (Dodie Smith, and Lewis Allen. Rick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland), The Uninvited, talking about the haunted house after the seance (1942). Based on a novel by Dorothy Macardle.)
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  • 8.
    The Irishman's house is his coffin.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 6, "Hades," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Leopold Bloom comments on Ireland and death.)
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  • 9.
    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.
    (Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The House," ch. 1, The Poetics of Space (1958, trans. 1964).)
  • 10.
    Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 20, 1860, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 360, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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