Quotations About / On:
Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric care.
(Ken Livingstone (b. 1945), British Labour politician. Evening Standard (London, February 26, 1988).)
For if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart.
(Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Voiceover narration (by Rhys Williams) of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) as an adult, How Green Was My Valley, reminiscing about his parents (1941).
Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.)
'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 3 ch. 11 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.)
An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 72 (1903).)
Sparrows must not build in his house-eaves, because they are lecherous.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Lucio, in Measure for Measure, act 3, sc. 2, l. 175-6.
He has seen but half the universe who never has been shown the house of pain.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. The Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 2, ed. Edward W. Emerson (1909-1914).)
Frank Harris has been received in all the great housesonce!
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Quoted in John F. Gallagher's introduction to Harris, My Life and Loves (1963 ed.).)
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Domestic Life," Society and Solitude (1870).)
In a fiercely mourning house in a crooked year.
(Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. After the Funeral (l. 30). . .
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas, 1934-1952 (1953, rev. ed. 1956) New Directions.)
It is no better, at least, than to assist at a slaughter-house.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 133, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)