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...and mighty proud I am, and ought to be thankful to God Almighty that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. ~Samuel Pepys


To invite a person to your house is to take charge of his happiness as long as he be beneath your roof. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste; or, Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825, translated by Fayette Robinson, 1854


We labor to make a house a home, then every time we're expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If it were not for guests all houses would be graves. ~Khalil Gibran (1883–1931)


The sweetest words in the English language are: — "Welcome. Make yourself at home." ~Author unknown, c. 1949


If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also. ~Russian proverb


We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, and so we buy ice-creams. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I always feel that I have two duties to perform with a parting guest: one, to see that he doesn't forget anything that is his; the other, to see that he doesn't take anything that is mine. ~Alfred North Whitehead


Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure. ~Portuguese proverb


The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it. ~Author unknown


Our deepest instincts, bad or good, are those which we share with the rest of the animal creation. To offer hospitality, or to accept it, is but an instinct which man has acquired in the long course of his self-development. Lions do not ask one another to their lairs, nor do birds keep an open nest... A deep sense of personal property is common to all these creatures. Thousands of years hence they may have acquired some willingness to share things with their friends. Or rather, dogs may; cats, I think not. ~Max Beerbohm, "Hosts and Guests," 1918


The cavemen did not entertain. It may be that now and again — say, towards the end of the Stone Age — one or another among the more enlightened of them said to his wife, while she plucked an eagle that he had snared the day before, 'That red-haired man who lives in the next valley seems to be a decent, harmless sort of person. And sometimes I fancy he is rather lonely. I think I will ask him to dine with us to-night'... ~Max Beerbohm, "Hosts and Guests," 1918


In every human being one or the other of these two instincts is so significant of character that one might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests. ~Max Beerbohm, "Hosts and Guests," 1918


When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul. ~Max Beerbohm, "Hosts and Guests," 1918


Like Angels' visits, short and bright... ~John Norris (1657–1712), The Parting


Visitor's footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. ~African proverb


Guests bring good luck with them. ~Turkish proverb


Fish and Visitors stink in 3 days. ~Benjamin Franklin, 1736


HOSPITALITY, n.  The virtue which induces us to lodge and feed certain persons who are not in want of food and lodging. ~Ambrose Bierce


She had what we call tact, which has been defined as the art of making your company feel at home even if you wish they were. ~Author unknown, 1930s



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