relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable

Hospitality is the relationship between guest and host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. Specifically, this includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers, resorts, membership clubs, conventions, attractions, special events, and other services for travelers and tourists.


  • Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
  • And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
  • Then the King will say to those on his right: ‘Come, you who have been blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. For I became hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you received me hospitably.
  • So saying, with despatchful looks in haste
    She turns, on hospitable thoughts intent.
  • My master is of churlish disposition
    And little recks to find the way to heaven
    By doing deeds of hospitality.
  • I am your host;
    With robbers' hands my hospitable favours
    You should not ruffle thus.
  • I charge thee, invite them all: let in the tide
    Of knaves once more; my cook and I'll provide.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 379-80.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are hermit souls that live withdrawn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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ope, and they were there relived.
  • 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, The Iliad, Book VI, line 12. Lang's Trans.
  • True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
    Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book XV, line 74 (83 in 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.
  • Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!
    • Jeremiah, IX. 2.
  • Hospes nullus tam in amici hospitium diverti potest,
    Quin ubi triduum continuum fuerit jam odiosus siet.
    • 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.
    • Plautus, Miles Gloriosus, III. 3. 12.
  • For I, who hold sage Homer's rule the best,
    Welcome the coming, speed the going guest.
  • Given to hospitality.
    • Romans, XII. 13.
  • Ah me, why did they build my house by the road to the market town?
  • The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride;
    The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside;
    The doorband strong enough from robbers to defend;
    This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend.
  • A host in himself.
    • Wellington, of Lord John Russell. Related by Samuel Rogers (1839). Paraphrase of Homer's epithet of Ajax. See Alexander Pope's translation of Iliad, III. 293.

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