- The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook.
bc Greek philosopher: Politics bk. 3, 1282a 20 384–322
- It was a delightful visit;–—perfect, in being much too short.
Emma (1816) ch. 13 1775–1817 English novelist:
- Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
And Even Now (1920) ‘Hosts and Guests’ 1872–1956 English critic, essayist, and caricaturist:
- Come in the evening, or come in the morning,
Come when you're looked for, or come without warning.
1814–45 Irish poet and nationalist: ‘The Welcome’ (1846)
- Guests can be, and often are, delightful, but they should never be allowed to get the upper hand.
All the Dogs in My Life (1936) 1866–1941 Australian-born British writer:
- Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet. 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: Journal 1856
- A host is like a general: misfortunes often reveal his genius.
bc Roman poet: Satires bk. 2, no. 8, l. 73 65–8
- Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week. 1837–1920 American novelist and critic: attributed
- My father used to say,
‘Superior people never make long visits,
have to be shown Longfellow's grave
or the glass flowers at Harvard.’
1887–1972 American poet: ‘Silence’ (1935)
- For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best,
Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
Imitations of Horace bk. 2, Satire 2 (1734) l. 159; Pope's translation of The Odyssey (1725–6) bk. 15, l. 84, has ‘Speed the parting guest’ 1688–1744 English poet:
- Unbidden guests
Are often welcomest when they are gone.
Henry VI, Part 1 (1592) act 2, sc. 2, l. 55 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend.
1852–1933 American Presbyterian minister and writer: ‘Inscription for a Friend's House’