Quotes for
the Journey:


''Home'' is any four walls
that enclose the right person.

Helen Rowland


Home is not around the hearth.  it is within the heart.  Any worthwhile pilgrimage brings us home, and so does any distant voyage for the sake of love.        -Donald Masterson


Every one of us needs a home.  The world needs a home.  There are so many young people who are homeless.  They may have a building to live in, but they are homeless in their hearts.  That is why the most important practice of our time is to give each person a home.        -Thich Nhat Hanh


Home is oneness, home is my original nature.  It is right here, simply in what is. There is nowhere else I have to go, and nothing else I have to become.        -Tony Parsons


Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families.  If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.       -Mother Teresa


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


Once a reporter stood in front of a fire as it consumed a house and then he turned to see the homeowners and their little son watching it burn.  The reporter, fishing for a human interest angle, said to the boy, "Son, it looks like you don't have a home anymore."  The little boy promptly answered, "Oh, yes, we have a home.  We just don't have a house to put it in."        -Barbara Johnson

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.       -Maya Angelou

Home is not where you live but where they understand you.        -Christian Morgenstern
A roof to keep out the rain.  Four walls to keep out the wind.  Floors to keep out the cold.  Yes, but home is more than that. It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father.  Warmth of loving hearts, light from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship.  Home is first school and first church for the young ones, where they learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind.  Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick.  Where joy is shared and sorrow eased.  Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved.  Where children are wanted.  Where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned.  Where money is not so important as loving-kindness. Where even the teakettle sings from happiness.  That is home.  God bless it.        -Ernestine Schuman-Heink
My home. . . It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.        -Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments.       -Channing Pollock


The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.        -Thomas Moore


It is easy to love the people far away.  It is not always easy to love those close to us.  It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home.  Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.       -Mother Teresa


Home--that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.        -Lydia M. Child

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.        -Sarah Ban Breathnach

Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.  It is the place of confidence.  It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts.  It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule.
-Frederick W. Robertson


Home is where the heart is.       -Pliny The Elder


Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.         -Charles Dickens

Where thou art, that is home.       -Emily Dickinson


Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.       -John Ed Pearce

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.        -Robert Montgomery

They are the happiest, be they king or peasant, who find peace in their homes.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is home?
ďA roof to keep out the rain?  Four walls to keep out the wind?  Floors to keep out the cold?  Yes, but home is more than that.  It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father, warmth of loving hearts, lights from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship. Home is first school and first church for young ones, where they learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind, where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick; where joy is shared and sorrow eased; where fathers and mothers are respected and loved, where children are wanted; where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned; where money is not as important as loving-kindness; where even the tea kettle sings from happiness. That is home.  God bless it!Ē       -unattributed

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.       -unattributed


There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.         -Jane Austen


The home is the empire!  There is no peace more delightful than one's own fireplace.     -Cicero
A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.     -Margaret Fuller
Itís funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, "I want to go home."  But then you come home, and of course itís not the same. You canít live with it, you canít live away from it. And it seems like from then on thereís always this yearning for some place that doesnít exist. I felt that. Still do.  Iím never completely at home anywhere.     -Danzy Senna
The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.     -Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
What is home? My favorite definition is "a safe place," a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other.  Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.     -Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life
Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map.  It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.  Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.     -Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye


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