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


A pretty woman is a welcome guest.


  • Unbidden guests
  • Are often welcomest when they are gone.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Here’s our chief guest.
  • If he had been forgotten,
  • It had been as a gap in our great feast.
  • Shakespeare.

  • For I, who holds sage Homer’s rule the best,
  • Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
  • Pope.

  • See, your guests approach:
  • Address yourself to entertain them sprightly,
  • And let’s be red with mirth.
  • Shakespeare.

    Some steam process should be invented for arranging guests when they are above five hundred.


    The first day a man is a guest, the second a burden, the third a pest.


  • You must come home with me and be my guest;
  • You will give joy to me, and I will do
  • All that is in my power to honor you.
  • Shelley.

  • For whom he means to make an often guest,
  • One dish shall serve; and welcome make the rest.
  • Joseph Hall.