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date: 01 December 2021

Hosts and Guests 

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