85+ Home Quotes To Remind You It's More Than Just Rooms And A Roof

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Home: one simple word that holds a whole world of meaning. When you think of those four letters, what comes to mind? Is it the house where you grew up? Or is it the people who share the same walls as you? Or maybe it’s a place you don’t even live anymore but always find yourself returning to when life gets tough. There are many, many ways to define it — and reading through home quotes brings that into focus. In fact, after reading through some cozy words about what home means to people, you may adjust your definition.

Curious what the actual literal definition of the word is? Well, Merriam-Webster offers three meanings: (a) “the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives,” (b) “a family living together in one building, house, etc.; and (c) “a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located.” So, there you have it. Which one resonates most with you?

While you mull that over, keep reading for some of the coziest, most eloquent, and most heart-rending home quotes you can find.

Short Quotes About Home

  1. “Where thou art, that is home.” — Emily Dickinson
  2. “Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.” — Dalai Lama
  3. “A home without books is a body without soul.” — Cicero
  4. “There is no place like home.” — L. Frank Baum
  5. “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” — Jane Austen
  6. “Love begins at home.” — Mother Teresa
  7. “Home is the nicest word there is.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder
  8. “Good houses take work.” — Michael S. Smith
  9. “To be an ideal guest, stay at home.” — E.W. Howe
  10. “Home is where we should feel secure and comfortable.” — Catherine Pulsifer
  11. “Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” — Cecelia Ahern
  12. “Home is a shelter from storms — all sorts of storms.” — William J. Bennett
  13. “Home is where one starts from.” — T.S. Eliot
  14. “The home should be a treasure chest of living.” — Le Corbusier
  15. “The ornament of a house. is the friends who frequent it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. “Home is everything you can walk to.” — Rebecca Solnit
  17. “Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind.” — N.K. Jemisin
  18. “Home is where my habits have a habitat.” — Fiona Apple
  19. “A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” — William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. “The home is the chief school of human virtues.” — William Ellery Channing
  21. “Home is one’s birthplace, ratified by memory.” — Henry Grunwald
  22. “Home is the place we love best and grumble the most.” — Billy Sunday
  23. “Home wasn’t built in a day.” — Jane Sherwood Ace
  24. “Seek home for rest, for home is best.” — Thomas Tusser
  25. “Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.” — Charles Henry Parkhurst
  26. “A man’s home is his wife’s castle.” — Alexander Chase
  27. “Charity begins at home, but should not end there.” — Thomas Fuller
  28. “Where thou art, that is home.” — Emily Dickinson
  29. “There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” — Cicero
  30. “Peace like charity; begins at home.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  31. “I’ve been homesick for you ever since I met you.” — Unknown
  32. “A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.” — May Sarton

Missing Home Quotes

  1. “The sun at home warms better than the sun elsewhere.” — Albania Proverb
  2. “The ache for home lives in all of us.” — Maya Angelou
  3. “Homesickness is not always a vague, nostalgic, almost beautiful emotion, although that is somehow the way we always seem to picture it in our mind. It can be a terribly keen blade… it can change the way one looks at the world.” — Stephen King
  4. “If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home.” — Malala Yousafzai
  5. “You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” — Maya Angelou
  6. “No matter who you are or where you are, instinct tells you to go home.” — Laura Marney
  7. “The prospect of going home is very appealing.” — David Ginola
  8. “We don’t call it homesick. We call it missing home. There’s not a sickness involved, it’s a state of mind.” — John Litten
  9. “Missing those nights, missing that sky, I’ve been missing home.” — Unknown
  10. “There’s no shame in feeling homesick. It means you come from a happy home.” — Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey
  11. “Maybe you had to leave to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” — Jodi Picoult
  12. “I always wanted to travel, but now that I am, all I want is to go home.” — Rehan Khan
  13. “When you get homesick, it’s not something missing; it’s something present, a visit. People and places from far away arrive and keep you company for a while.” — Erri De Luca, God’s Mountain
  14. “Heart thoughts are profound, hindsight aches, and hope is obscure. I’m craving a great adventure — one that leads me back home.” — Donna Lynn Hope

New Home Quotes

  1. “A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” — Unknown
  2. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris
  3. “At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.” — Warsan Shire
  4. “You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.” — Henning Mankell
  5. “Interiors shouldn’t be static works of art. You’re meant to interact with them.” — Alexandra Angle
  6. “The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.” — Frank McKinney Hubbard
  7. “One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.” — G.M. Weilacher
  8. “There is something permanent, and something extremely profound, in owning a home.” — Kenny Guinn
  9. “A home that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.” — Mary Sarton
  10. “Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.” — Charles M. Schulz

Welcome Home Quotes

  1. “Maybe that’s the best part of going away for a vacation — coming home again.” — Madeleine L’Engle
  2. “No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there — well or poorly.” — Joseph Brodsky
  3. “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” — Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
  4. “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” — Robert Frost
  5. “The longest road out is the shortest road home.” — Irish Proverb
  6. “The light is what guides you home; the warmth is what keeps you there.” — Ellie Rodriguez
  7. “I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.” — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  8. “When I go home, it is an easy way to be grounded. You learn to realize what truly matters.” — Tony Stewart
  9. “I believe that all of our lives we’re looking for home, and, if we’re really lucky, we find it in someone’s loving arms. I think that’s what life is: coming home.” — Anita Krizzan
  10. “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels better to come back.” — Wendy Wunder
  11. “Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never question that it will be there when you return.” — Leo Christopher
  12. “It’s a funny thing, coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” — Terry Pratchett
  14. “In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home.” — Miriam Makeba
  15. “If you know you’re going home, the journey is never too hard.” — Angela Wood

Happy Home Quotes

  1. “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, a dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” — Robert Montgomery
  2. “Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
  3. “There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits.” — Robert Southey
  4. “Home sweet home. This is the place to find happiness. If one doesn’t find it here, one doesn’t find it anywhere.” — M.K. Soni
  5. “Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.” — Irina Shayk
  6. “I think when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
  7. “The ultimate luxury is being able to relax and enjoy your home.” — Jeff Lincoln
  8. “Repurposing and restyling are what make a home personal.” — Nestor Santa Cruz
  9. “Home isn’t where you’re from; it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” — Pierce Brown
  10. “A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.” — Sydney Smith
  11. “People usually are the happiest at home.” — William Shakespeare
  12. “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home.” — Edith Sitwell
  13. “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.” — Samuel Johnson
  14. “I would not change my blest estate for all the world calls good or great.” — Isaac Watts
  15. “Home life’s great, man. The kids are great, happy, and healthy. I’ve reached this sort of wonderful precipice.” — Ryan Phillippe
  16. “Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it — memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.” — Tad Williams

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