Houses

Famous quotes containing the word houses:

    It breedeth no small offence and scandal to see and consider upon the one part the curiosity and cost bestowed by all sorts of men upon their private houses; and on the other part the unclean and negligent order and spare keeping of the houses of prayer by permitting open decays and ruins of coverings of walls and windows, and by appointing unmeet and unseemly tables with foul cloths for the communion of the sacrament.
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)

    A new disease? I know not, new or old,
    But it may well be called poor mortals’ plague:
    For, like a pestilence, it doth infect
    The houses of the brain ...
    Till not a thought, or motion, in the mind,
    Be free from the black poison of suspect.
    Ben Jonson (c. 1572–1637)

    Let those talk of poverty and hard times who will in the towns and cities; cannot the emigrant who can pay his fare to New York or Boston pay five dollars more to get here ... and be as rich as he pleases, where land virtually costs nothing, and houses only the labor of building, and he may begin life as Adam did? If he will still remember the distinction of poor and rich, let him bespeak him a narrower house forthwith.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)