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houses Quotes

29 of the best book quotes about houses
  1. #1
    “But houses exactly like the houses of our past yet dominated the landscape, boys exactly like the boys we once had been found themselves smothering in these houses, came down into the streets for light and air and found themselves encircled by disaster.”
  2. #2
    “Dogs have important jobs, like barking when the doorbell rings, but cats have no function in a house whatsoever.”
  3. #3
    “The house was left; the house was deserted. It was left like a shell on a sandhill to fill with dry salt grains now that life had left it.”
  4. #4
    “About the only part of a California house you can’t put your foot through is the front door.”
  5. #5
    ″[Jurgis] could not hear it often enough; he could not ask with enough variations. Yes, they had bought the house, they had really bought it. It belonged to them, they had only to pay the money and it would be all right. Then Jurgis covered his face with his hands, for there were tears in his eyes, and he felt like a fool. But he had had such a horrible fright; strong man as he was, it left him almost too weak to stand up.”
  6. #6
    “No; it was a big, ugly, antique, but convenient house, embodying a few features of a building still older, half replaced and half utilized, in which I had the fancy of our being almost as lost as a handful of passengers in a great drifting ship. Well, I was, strangely, at the helm!”
  7. #7
    “You have to churn somewhat when the roof covering your head is at stake, since to sell is to walk away from a cluster of memories and to buy is to choose where the future will take place.”
  1. #8
    “The houses that are important to us are the ones that allow us to dream in peace.”
  2. #9
    “It’s harder to burn down a house than you think,” Luke said.
  3. #10
    ″‘Essentially,’ he went on slowly, ‘the evil is the house itself, I think. It has enchained and destroyed its people and their lives, it is a place of contained ill will. […].‘”
  4. #11
    ″ ... there was his house, small but detached. It had been the one thing his mum had insisted on in the divorce […] after his dad had left for America with Stephanie, the new wife. That had been six years ago, so long now that Conor sometimes couldn’t remember what it was like having a dad in the house.”
  5. #12
    “Even though it walked and talked, even though it was bigger than his house and could swallow him in one bite, the monster was still, at the end of the day, just a yew tree. Conor could even see more berries growing from the branches at its elbows.”
  6. #13
    “I buried a nickel under the porch when I was 8, she said, but one day my grandma died & they sold the house & I never got to go back for it. A nickel used to mean something, I said.She nodded. It still does, she said & then she started to cry.”
  7. #14
    “There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall in the house. What does it mean? I asked. A pirate needs the sight of the sea, he said and then he pulled his eye patch down and turned and sailed away.”

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  1. #15
    “‘Loving someone is like moving into a house,’ Sonja used to say. ‘At first you fall in love with all the new things, amazed every morning that all this belongs to you, as if fearing that someone would suddenly come rushing in through the door to explain that a terrible mistake had been made, you weren’t actually supposed to live in a wonderful place like this. Then over the years the walls become weathered, the wood splinters here and there, and you start to love that house not so much because of all its perfection, but rather for its imperfections. You get to know all the nooks and crannies. How to avoid getting the key caught in the lock when it’s cold outside. Which of the floorboards flex slightly when one steps on them or exactly how to open the wardrobe doors without them creaking. These are the little secrets that make it your home.’”
  2. #16
    “He’d discovered that he liked houses. Maybe mostly because they were understandable... Houses were fair, they gave you what you deserved. Which, unfortunately, was more than one could say about people.”
  3. #17
    “He needs to be sent to Jackson . . . How can anybody live in a house like this.”
  4. #18
    “In 1995, Steve Wallace of the San Francisco 49ers became the first offensive lineman to sign a contract worth $10 million. The quarterback might still get all the glory. But the guy who watched his back would be moving into a bigger house.”
  5. #19
    “When my grandparents moved to the United States, their first priority was to save enough money to buy this house . . . To them a house meant much more than shelter; it was a stake in their new country.”
  6. #20
    “When asked what he recalls of his first six years, Michael said, ‘Going for days having to drink water to get full. Going to other people’s houses and asking for something to eat. Sleeping outside. The mosquitoes.‘”
  7. #21
    “I see the spectacle of morning from the hill-top over against my house, from day-break to sun-rise, with emotions which an angel might share.”
  1. #22
    ″‘I thought it would be fun to build ourselves a house to picnic in when the winter comes,’ said Peregrine.
    The Ordinary Princess clapped her hands with joy.
    ‘You do have the nicest ideas of anyone I know,’ she said. ‘Now where shall we build it?‘”
  2. #23
    “He had wandered through the streets for hours, neither knowing nor caring where he was going. All he knew was that he couldn’t return to the empty rooms of the house, couldn’t look at the things they had touched and held and known with him.”
  3. #24
    ″... Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. They drove away and left it lonely and empty in the clearing among the big trees, and they never saw that little house again.”
  4. #25
    “So they all went away from the little log house. The shutters were over the windows, so the little house could not see them go. It stayed there inside the log fence, behind the two big oak trees that in the summertime had made green roofs for Mary and Laura to play under. And that was the last of the little house.”
  5. #26
    “I would rather have a man chasing Jesus than a house full of stuff.”
  6. #27
    “When Uncle Stan rose in the morning, he somehow managed to wake the entire household. No
    one complained, as he was the breadwinner in the family, and in any case he was cheaper and more
    reliable than an alarm clock.”
  7. #28
    “Build a house for men and birds.
    Sit with them and play music.
    For a day, for just one day,
    talk about that which disturbs no one
    and bring some peace,
    my friend,
    into your beautiful eyes.”
  8. #29
    “I realized as I walked through the neighborhood how each house could contain a completely different reality. In a single block, there could be fifty separate worlds. Nobody ever really knew what was going on just next door.”