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When friends are at your hearthside met,
  Sweet courtesy has done its most
    If you have made each guest forget
      That he himself is not the host.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Hospitality

If my best wines mislike thy taste,
  And my best service win thy frown,
    Then tarry not, I bid thee haste;
      There's many another Inn in town.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Quits

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.
      - Francis Atterbury

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
      - Bible, Jeremiah (ch. IX, v. 2)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
      Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XII, v. 10-13)

When I sell liquor, they call it bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on silver trays on Lake Shore Drive, they call it hospitality.
      - Alphonse (Al) Capone (nicknamed "Scarface")

It is not the quantity of the meat, but the cheerfulness of the guests, which makes the feast.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

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

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
  Where the race of men go by;
    They are good, they are bad; they are weak, they are strong,
      Wise, foolish,--so am I;
        Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
          Or hurl the cynic's ban?
            Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
              And be a friend to man.
      - Sam Walter Foss,
        House by the Side of the Road

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
  In the place of their self-content;
    There are souls like stars that dwell apart,
      In a fellowless firmament;
        There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
          Where highways never ran,--
            But let me live by the side of the road,
              And be a friend to man.
      - Sam Walter Foss,
        House by the Side of the Road

Blest be that spot, where cheerful guests retire
  To pause from toil, and trim their evening fire;
    Blest that abode, where want and pain repair,
      And every stranger finds a ready chair
        Blest be those feasts with simple plenty crown'd,
          Where all the ruddy family around
            Laugh at the jest or pranks, that never fail,
              Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale,
                Or press the bashful stranger to his food,
                  And learn the luxury of doing good.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

He kept no Christmas-house for once a yeere,
  Each day his boards were fild with Lordly fare;
    He fed a rout of yeoman with his cheer,
      Nor was his bread and beefe kept in with care;
        His wine and beere to strangers were not spare,
          And yet beside to all that hunger greved,
            His gates were open, and they were there relived.
      - Robert Greene, A Maiden's Dream (l. 232)

Axylos, Teuthranos's son that dwelt in stablished Arisbe; a man of substance dear to his fellows; for his dwelling was by the road-side and he entertained all men.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. VI, l. 12), (Lang's translation)

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
  Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XV, l. 83), (Pope's translation)

For 't is always fair weather
  When good fellows get together
    With a stein on the table and a good song ringing clear.
      - Richard Hovey, Spring

There is an emanation from the heart in genuine hospitality which cannot be described, but is immediately felt and puts the stranger at once at his ease.
      - Washington Irving

Like many other virtues, hospitality is practiced in its perfection by the poor. If the rich did their share, how would the woes of this world be lightened!
      - Mrs. C.M. (Caroline Matilda) Kirkland

Hospitality sitting with gladness.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Translation from Frithiof's Saga

It is an excellent circumstance that hospitality grows best where it is most needed. In the thick of men it dwindles and disappears, life fruit in the thick of a wood; but where men are planted sparely it blossoms and matures, like apples on a standard or an espalier. It flourishes where the inn and lodging-house cannot exist.
      - Hugh Miller

So saying, with despatchful looks in haste
  She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 331)

No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not become an annoyance when he has stayed three continuous days in a friend's house.
  [Lat., Hospes nullus tam in amici hospitium diverti potest,
    Quin ubi triduum continuum fuerit jam odiosus siet.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Miles Gloriosus (III, 3, 12)

For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best,
  Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
      - Alexander Pope, Satire II (bk. II, l. 159)

My master is of churlish disposition
  And little recks to find the way to heaven
    By doing deeds of hospitality.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Corin at II, iv)

I am your host.
  With robber's hands in my hospitable favors
    You should not ruffle thus.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Gloucester at III, vii)

Be it not in thy care. Go,
  I charge thee, invite them all; let in the tide
    Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at III, iv)

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