Quotations About / On: HOUSE
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).)
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden, "Visitors," (1854).)
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.)
What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?
(Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 679.)
You shall not come nearer a man by getting into his house.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Friendship," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 39, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
... but I do not remember ever having seen a newspaper in the house; and, most certainly, that privation did not render us less industrious, happy, or free.
(William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 22, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927).)
Mah sweat is done paid for this house and Ah reckon Ah kin keep on sweatin' in it.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Fire!! (1926). "Sweat.")