Quotations About / On: HOME
When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.
(Peter De Vries (b. 1910), U.S. author. Augie, in The Tunnel of Love, ch. 8 (1954).)
A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Strong Opinions, ch. 3 (1973).)
So that he seemed not to relinquish life, but to leave one home for another.
(Cornelius Nepos (1st century B.C.), Roman historian, biographer. "Atticus," Lives.)
Turn up the lights; I don't want to go home in the dark.
(O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. Quoted in O. Henry Biography, ch. 9, Charles Alphonso Smith (1916).
Last words, quoting a 1907 song by Harry Williams.)
Those men are most apt to be obsequious and conciliating abroad, who are under the discipline of shrews at home.
(Washington Irving (1783-1859), U.S. author. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. "Rip Van Winkle," (1819-1820).)
There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Libussa, in Libussa, act 2 (1872).)
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Tigg, in Martin Chuzzlewit, ch. 27 (1844).)
When I go out, I hope to leave the worst of myself at home.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Travelling carries me to the surface, away from the deeps of home-thoughts.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.
(Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).)