Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Hospitality

"When hospitality becomes an art, it loses its very soul." - Max Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

"No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it. Peace is a margin of power around our daily need. Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is the gift not of volitional struggle of but of spiritual hospitality." -

"Prayer is the hospitality of the soul entertaining the Most High." -

"Hospitality is to be shown even towards an enemy. The tree doth not withdraw its shade, even from the woodcutter." - Author Unknown NULL

"We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality." - Joseph Joubert

"I prefer charity to hospitality because charity begins at home and hospitality ends there." - Ogden Nash

"Is not the soul a guest in our body, deserving of our kind hospitality? Today it is here, tomorrow it is gone." - Rabbi Hillel "The Elder" NULL

"Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Prayer is the hospitality of the soul entertaining the Most High. " - Harry Emerson Fosdick

"From authors whom I read more than once I learn to value the weight of words and to delight in their meter and cadence -- in Gibbon's polyphonic counterpoint and Guedalla's command of the subjunctive, in Mailer's hyperbole and Dillard's similes, in Twain's invectives and burlesques with which he set the torch of his ferocious wit to the hospitality tents of the world's colossal humbug . . . I know no other way out of what is both the maze of the eternal present and the prison of the self except with a string of words." - Lewis H. Lapham

"The hospitality of primitive peoples, respect for human life, the sense of reciprocal obligation, compassion for the weak, courage, extending even to the sacrifice of self for others which is first learnt for the sake of children and friends, and later for that of members of the same community — all these qualities are developed in man anterior to all law, independently of all religion, as in the case of the social animals. Such feelings and practices are the inevitable results of social life. Without being, as say priests and metaphysicans, inherent in man, such qualities are the consequence of life in common." - Peter Kropotkin, fully Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin

"There are a lot of empty seats that are about to be filled with corporatists surrounded by corporate hospitality suites funded by $13 million of taxpayers" - Ralph Nader

"Drink, and be mad, then; 'tis your country bids! Gloriously drunk, obey th' important call!" - William Cowper

"This is reality, whether you like it or not--all those frivolities of summer, the light and shadow, the living mask of green that trembled over everything, they were lies, and this is what was underneath. This is the truth." - Willa Cather, fully Willa Sibert Cather

"There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness, nor daunted by danger, nor weakened by worthlessness, nor stifled by ingratitude. She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience; she will surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment; she will glory in his fame, and exult in his prosperity; and if adversity overtake him, he will be the dearer to her by misfortune; and if disgrace settle upon his name, she will still love and cherish him; and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to him." - Washington Irving

"To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace." - Washington Irving

"As an endocrinologist in good standing, I was startled to learn that ovarian hormones are toxic to brain cells." - Estelle R. Ramey, born Stella Rosemary Rubin