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Louisa May Alcott

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

Delphi Complete Works of Louisa May Alcott, Delphi Classics 2013, p.2238.

Augustine of Hippo

The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.

Karl Barth

The wisdom and goodness of the Creator abound in the fact that, following the creation, establishment and securing of a sphere of human life, He wills to fashion and does fashion it as a dwelling-place for the man who can recognize God and himself and his fellow-creatures, and who in the recognition of what is and occurs can be grateful and express his gratitude. . . . The office of these lights, the heavenly bodies, is to summon him in relation to his Maker to sight, consciousness and activity.

Church Dogmatics Study Edition 13: The Doctrine of Creation III.1 § 40-42.

Craig G. Bartholomew

Place is a quintessentially human concept in that it is part of our creatureliness. E. Casey, who has done the most comprehensive work on the philosophy of place, notes that “to be in the world, to be situated at all, is to be in place. Place is the phenomenal particularization of ‘being-in-the-world,’ a phrase that in

Where Mortals Dwell, Baker Publishing Group, 2011, Kindle Locations 174-176.

Craig G. Bartholomew

Place is furthermore never individualistic; rather, it “insinuates itself into a collectivity.”

Where Mortals Dwell Baker Publishing Group, 2011, Kindle Locations 185.

Brené Brown

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.

Edward Casey

In the past three centuries in the West—the period of “modernity”—place has come to be not only neglected but actively suppressed. Owing to the triumph of the natural and social sciences in this same period, any serious talk of place has been regarded as regressive or trivial…For an entire epoch, place has been regarded as an impoverished second cousin of Time and Space, those two colossal cosmic partners towering over modernity.

Getting Back Into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World, Indiana University Press, 1993.

Winston Churchill

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.

Sir Winston Churchill: A Self-Portrait, 1954.

Charles Dickens

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.

Martin Chuzzlewit,1844.

T.S. Eliot

Home is where one starts from.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy will that house be in which the relationships are formed from character.

Robert Frost

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

The Death of the Hired Man, l.121, 1914.

Billy Graham

Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.

Josiah G. Holland

In the homes of America [or any other nation] are born the children of America, and from them go out into American life American men and women. They go out with the stamp of these homes upon them, and only as these homes are what they should be, will they be what they should be.

Taken from Bob Kelly, Worth Repeating, p.171.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 2007, p.33.

Martin Heidegger 

The world is the house where mortals dwell.

Hesiod

There’s no place like home.

Works and Days, l. 365.

Conway Ireton

Lord God of Heaven and Earth, You revealed Your only-begotten Son to every nation by the light of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Allow us to find it a shelter of peace and health. Make our house a place of warmth and caring for all who visit us. Fill us with the light of Christ, that we might clearly see You in our work and play. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Circle of Seasons (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008).

Evel Knievel

Kids, do not try this at home.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports

Martin Luther

Should anyone knock at my heart and say, “Who Lives here? I should reply, “Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Martin Luther

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God.

George Macdonald

God’s thoughts, his will, his love, his judgments are all man’s home. To think his thoughts, to choose his will, to love his loves, to judge his judgments, and thus to know that he is in us, is to be at home.

Jen Pollock Michel

The biblical narrative begins and ends at home. From the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem we are hardwired for place and for permanence, for rest and refuge, for presence and protection. We long for home because welcome was our first gift of grace and it will be our last. The settings of our first home and our last home testify to the nature of the embodied story God is writing in human history.

Taken from Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2019 by Jen Pollock Michel. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jen Pollock Michel

Home represents humanity’s most visceral ache—and our oldest desire.

Taken from Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2019 by Jen Pollock Michel. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jen Pollock Michel

For as long as there is a compassionate Father, there will be a home, a table, and a feast. This was Israel’s great consolation: exile was the middle act of the drama, but it was not the final scene.

Taken from Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2019 by Jen Pollock Michel. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jen Pollock Michel

Home is always more than physical shelter from the rain; it must also necessarily be a place for humanity to keep company with God. Home is for holiness.

Taken from Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2019 by Jen Pollock Michel. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Jen Pollock Michel

One burden of homelessness is this: you’re always a stranger, counting on someone’s good graces.

Taken from Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2019 by Jen Pollock Michel. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.

Alan Redpath

The secret of every discord in Christian homes and communities and churches is that we seek our own way and our own glory.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Peace like charity, begins at home.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

William Temple

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home.

Edie Wadsworth

Hospitality is not inviting people to our perfect homes; it is inviting them to our imperfect hearts.

John Wesley

God is the first object of our love: Its next office is, to bear the defects of others. And we should begin the practice of this amidst our own household.

Ella Winter

Don’t you know you can’t go home again?

Quoted in a Letter to Elizabeth Nowell, 7 May 1943.

Yara Bashraheel

Maybe home is nothing but two arms holding you tight when you’re at your worst.

James Howard Kunstler

If anything, there appears to be an inverse relationship between our growing obsession with the home as a totem object and the disintegration of families that has become the chief social phenomenon of our time. We worship this idealized container for family life, and yet it turns out that the family cannot be sustained without the larger container of community life.

Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century Simon & Schuster, 1998.

James Howard Kunstler

The idea of a modest dwelling all our own, isolated from the problems of other people, has been our reigning metaphor of the good life for a long time. It must now be seen for what it really is: an antisocial view of existence. I don’t believe that we can afford to keep pretending that life is a never-ending episode of Littie House on the Prairie. We are going to have to develop a different notion of the good life and create a physical form that accommodates it.

Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Flannery O’Connor

We make our home by stories.

Meghan Daum

There is no object of desire quite like a house. Few things . . . are capable of eliciting such urgent, even painful, yearning.

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

G.K. Chesterton

What could be more delightful than to have in the same few minutes all the fascinating tenors of going abroad combined with all the human security of coming home again?

Orthodoxy

Columban

Let us, who are on the way, hasten home; for our whole life is like the journey of a single day. Our first duty is to love nothing here; but let us place our affections above, our desires above, our wisdom above, and above let us seek our home.

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