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


Welcome as happy tidings after fears.


Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.


Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.

A. Bronson Alcott.

To say you are welcome were superfluous.


  • Trust me, sweet,
  • Out of this silence yet I pick’d a welcome.
  • Shakespeare.

    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings!


    His worth is warrant for his welcome.


    Welcome as kindly showers to long-parched earth.


  • Welcome, my old friend,
  • Welcome to a foreign fireside.
  • Longfellow.

    I hold your dainties cheap, sir, and your welcome dear.


    The appurtenance of welcome is fashion and ceremony.


  • A table full of welcome makes scarce one dainty dish.
  • Shakespeare.

    The atmosphere breathes rest and comfort, and the many chambers seem full of welcome.


  • And kind the voice and glad the eyes
  • That welcome my return at night.
  • William Cullen Bryant.

  • A hundred thousand welcomes; I could weep,
  • And I could laugh; I am light and heavy; Welcome.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Welcome ever smiles,
  • And Farewell goes out sighing.
  • Shakespeare.

  • I am glad to see you well;
  • Horatio,—or I do forget myself.
  • Shakespeare.

    ’Tis sweet to hear the watchdog’s honest bark bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home.


    I reckon this always,—that a man is never undone till he be hanged; nor never welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say, Welcome.


  • Sir, you are very welcome to our house:
  • It must appear in other ways than words,
  • Therefore I scant this breathing courtesy.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Bid that welcome
  • Which comes to punish us, and we punish it
  • Seeming to bear it lightly.
  • Shakespeare.

  • I hope, as no unwelcome guest,
  • At your warm fireside, when the lamps are lighted,
  • To have my place reserved among the rest,
  • Nor stand as one unsought and uninvited!
  • Longfellow.

  • Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
  • Those who have gone before.
  • Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
  • They will not keep you standing at that door.
  • Christina G. Rossetti.

  • Come in the evening, or come in the morning,
  • Come when you’re looked for, or come without warning,
  • Kisses and welcome you’ll find here before you,
  • And the oftener you come here the more I’ll adore you.
  • Thomas O. Davis.

  • A general welcome from his grace
  • Salutes ye all: This night he dedicates
  • To fair content, and you: none here, he hopes
  • In all this noble bevy, has brought with her
  • One care abroad: he would have all as merry
  • As first-good company, good wine, good welcome
  • Can make good people.
  • Shakespeare.