A man unconnected is at home everywhere; unless he may be said
to be at home no where.
286. Home; Hospitality
I talked of living in the country. Johnson: "Don't set
up for what is called hospitality; it is a waste of time, and a
waste of money; you are eaten up, and not the more respected for
your liberality. If your house be like an inn, nobody cares for
you. A man who stays one week with another, makes him a slave
for a week." Boswell: "But there are people, Sir, who
make their houses a home to their guests, and are themselves
quite easy." Johnson: "Then, Sir, home must be the same
to the guests, and they need not come."
734. Happiness; Home; Humanity
"The great end of prudence is to give cheerfulness to those hours
which splendour cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate;
those soft intervals of unbended amusement, in which a man
shrinks to his natural dimensions, and throws aside the ornaments
or disguises which he feels in privacy to be useless
incumbrances, and to lose all effect when they become familiar.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the
end to which every enterprise and labour tends, and of which
every desire prompts the prosecution."
Johnson: Rambler #68 (November 10, 1750)