C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Home joys are blessed of heaven.


Home is the sacred refuge of our life.


Home is the chief school of human virtue.


A cottage will hold as much happiness as would stock a palace.

James Hamilton.

Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical.


Silence and chaste reserve is woman’s genuine praise, and to remain quiet within the house.


Apelles used to paint a good housewife on a snail, to import that she was home-keeping.

James Howell.

Domestic happiness, thou only bliss of paradise that hath survived the fall.


The sober comfort, all the peace which springs from the large aggregate of little things.

Hannah More.

Lord Lyttleton says true domestic bliss shuns too strong a light.

J. C. Hare.

A prince wants only the pleasure of private life to complete his happiness.

La Bruyère.

Women do act their part when they do make their ordered houses know them.

Sheridan Knowles.

A woman is not a woman until she has been baptized in her love and devotion to home and children.

Mrs. F. C. Croly.

The nest may be constructed, so far as the sticks go, by the male bird; but only the hen can line it with moss and down!

Frances Power Cobbe.

The grandest of heroic deeds are those which are performed within four walls and in domestic privacy.


Only so far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life, and family life generally.


The parted bosom clings to wonted home, if aught that’s kindred cheer the welcome hearth.


Domestic happiness is the end of almost all our pursuits; and the common reward of all our pains.


The domestic man, who loves no music so well as his kitchen clock, and the airs which the logs sing to him as they burn on the hearth, has solaces which others never dream of.


The only fountain in the wilderness of life, where man drinks of water totally unmixed with bitterness, is that which gushes for him in the calm and shady recess of domestic life.

William Penn.

The best school of discipline is home. Family life is God’s awn method of training the young, and homes are very much as women make them.

Samuel Smiles.

She was little known beyond her home; but there she silently spread around her that soft, pure light, the preciousness of which is never fully understood till it is quenched.


Oh, trebly blest the placid lot of those whose hearth foundations are in pure love laid, where husband’s breast with tempered ardor glows, and wife, oft mother, is in heart a maid!


The man at the head of the house can mar the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it; that must rest with the woman, and it is her great privilege.

Arthur Helps.

Housekeepers, homemakers, wives, and mothers are fundamental social relations, which rest upon woman’s characteristics, physical, mental, and moral.

R. Herbert Newton.

A house kept to the end of prudence is laborious without joy; a house kept to the end of display is impossible to all but a few women, and their success is dearly bought.


No money is better spent than what is laid out for domestic satisfaction. A man is pleased that his wife is dressed as well as other people, and the wife is pleased that she is dressed.


Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament. Nor is there a paradise planted until the children appear in the foreground, to animate and complete the picture.


Father, mother, child, are the human trinity, whose substance must not be divided nor its persons confounded. As well reconstruct your granite out of the grains it is disintegrated into as society out of the dissolution of wedded love.


If a woman is not fit to manage the internal matters of a house, she is fit for nothing, and should never be put in a house or over a house, any way. Good housekeeping lies at the root of all the real ease and satisfaction in existence.

Harriet Prescott Spofford.

Men talk in raptures of youth and beauty, wit and sprightliness; but after seven years of union not one of them is to be compared to good family management, which is seen at every meal, and felt every hour in the husband’s purse.


Domestic happiness is the end of almost all our pursuits, and the common reward of all our pains. When men find themselves forever barred from this delightful fruition, they are lost to all industry, and grow careless of all their worldly affairs. Thus they become bad subjects, bad relations, bad friends, and bad men.