Hospitality (quotes)

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What is hospitality?

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Hospitality is the act of being welcoming to guests

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Hospitality is God’s welcome

  • Hospitality is the practice of God’s welcome by reaching across difference to participate in God’s actions bringing justice and healing to our world in crisis. Letty M. Russell
  • Who practices hospitality entertains God himself. Proverb
  • It is meant to offer an experience of hospitality, just as I believe that God extends to human beings a divine and inexhaustible welcome: the door is always open, the table always set, the arms flung wide, outstretched. Jane Redmont
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Hospitality is to create a free and safe space for your guest 

  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Hospitality means we take people into the space that is our lives and our minds and our hearts and our work and our efforts. Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. Joan Chittister
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Hospitality is to put your guest at ease 

  • 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 or her ease. Washington Irving
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Hospitality is to treat guests with dignity and understanding 

  • There is no hospitality like understanding. Vanna Bonta
  • True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. Henri Nouwen
  • DignityUnderstanding
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Hospitality is to show love, courtesy and friendliness 

  • Hospitality should have no other nature than love. Henrietta Mears
  • 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
  • There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging.  ‘Tis better to be hospitable to one’s good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion.  We must be as courteous to a person as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • LovePoliteness and courtesyFriendliness
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Hospitality is an attitude of welcome 

  • How should one live? Live welcoming to all. Mechtild of Magdeburg
  • I welcome every creature of the world with grace. Hildegard of Bingen
  • This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Rumi
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Hospitality is an attitude of openness and receptivity 

  • What do I mean “open to God”? I mean… a courageous and confident hospitality expressed in all directions…. I mean an openness which is in the deepest sense a creative and dynamic receptivity — the ability to receive, to accept, to become. Samuel H. Miller
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Hospitality is to keep your guests supplied with liquor! 

  • Keeping one’s guests supplied with liquor is the first law of hospitality. Margaret Way
  • Help yourself to a bottle of wine. They’re all empty. Jarod Kintz
  • I’ll pour you the first one and after that, if you don’t have one, it’s your own f****** fault. You know where it is. Kingsley Amis
  • When I sell liquor, it’s called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it’s called hospitality. Al Capone
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The power of hospitality

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Hospitality benefits not just the guest but the host too 

  • Hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. The concept of hospitality arose in ancient times when the reciprocity was easier to see:  in nomadic cultures, the food and shelter one gave to a stranger yesterday is the food and shelter one hopes to receive from a stranger tomorrow.  By offering hospitality, one participates in the endless reweaving of a social fabric on which all can depend–thus the gift of sustenance for the guest becomes a gift of hope for the host.  Parker J. Palmer
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Hospitality is the first step towards dismantling the barriers of the world 

  • Hospitality means we take people into the space that is our lives and our minds and our hearts and our work and our efforts. Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step towards dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.  Joan Chittister
  • Hospitality is the virtue which allows us to break through the narrowness of our own fears and to open our houses to the stranger, with the intuition that salvation comes to us in the form of a tired traveler. Hospitality makes anxious disciples into powerful witnesses, makes suspicious owners into generous givers, and makes close-minded sectarians into interested recipients of new ideas and insights. Henri J. M. Nouwen
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Hospitality grows best where it is most needed 

  • 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 people 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
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Offer hospitality

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Offer hospitality to your friends 

  • Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. Samuel Pepys
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Offer hospitality to strangers too 

  • If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them. Sir Francis Bacon
  • Hospitality invites to prayer before it checks credentials, welcomes to the table before administering the entrance exam. Patrick Henry
  • Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Bible
  • The word ‘hospitality’ in the New Testament comes from two Greek words. The first word means ‘love’ and the second word means ‘strangers.’ It’s a word that means love of strangers. Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • In the cherry blossom’s shade, there’s no such thing as a stranger. Kobayashi Issa
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Offer hospitality without grumbling 

  • It is a sin against hospitality, to open your doors and darken your countenance. Proverb
  • Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:8-9). Bible
  • In hospitality, the chief thing is the good will. Greek proverb
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Final thoughts

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Hospitality is best practiced by the poor 

  • 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! C.M. Kirkland
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Christmas is the heart of hospitality 

  • Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away. Charles Dickens
  • Christmas! ‘Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart. Washington Irving
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On a lighter note

  • Help yourself to a bottle of wine. They’re all empty. Jarod Kintz
  • Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even though you wish they were. Proverb
  • Hospitality, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging. Ambrose Bierce
  • Good hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were. Alfred E. Neuman
  • If you can be quiet, you’re more than welcome to stay in my House of Silence. Bring your own bubblegum ice cream. Jarod Kintz
  • I’m sure I don’t know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn’t like to. Oscar Wilde
  • I’ll pour you the first one and after that, if you don’t have one, it’s your own f****** fault. You know where it is. Kingsley Amis
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