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


Provision is the foundation of hospitality, and thrift the fuel of magnificence.

Sir P. Sidney.

It is not the quantity of the meat, but the cheerfulness of the guests which makes the feast.


Hospitality sitting with gladness.


Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.


Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.


There is an emanation from the heart in genuine hospitality which cannot be described, but is immediately felt and puts the stranger at once at his ease.

Washington Irving.

Like many other virtues, hospitality is practiced in its perfection by the poor. If the rich did their share, how would the woes of this world be lightened!

Mrs. Kirkland.

Let not the emphasis of hospitality lie in bed and board; but let truth and love and honor and courtesy flow in all thy deeds.


It is an excellent circumstance that hospitality grows best where it is most needed. In the thick of men it dwindles and disappears, like fruit in the thick of a wood; but where men are planted sparely it blossoms and matures, like apples on a standard or an espalier. It flourishes where the inn and lodging-house cannot exist.

Hugh Miller.

  • Blest be that spot, where cheerful guests retire
  • To pause from toil, and trim their evening fire;
  • Blest that abode, where want and pain repair,
  • And every stranger finds a ready chair:
  • Blest be those feasts with simple plenty crown’d,
  • Where all the ruddy family around
  • Laugh at the jest or pranks, that never fail,
  • Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale,
  • Or press the bashful stranger to his food,
  • And learn the luxury of doing good.
  • Goldsmith.