„From the moment I leave my house or my hotel room, the public owns me.“
„I said to my girl, "The reason you have a key (to my house) is to keep me from having other women in my house. I give you an open invitation." See, she wants me to go, "Because I love you and I trust you, and I want you to trust me." It's because the fear of my girl walking in will keep me from having a young broad sitting on top of my counter. But she wants that to be because I love her so much, but it's just to protect me from my own manness.“
— Patrice O'Neal American stand-up comedian, radio personality, and actor 1969 - 2011
The Opie and Anthony Radio show, September 24, 2008
„I've burned my own house down, the torch is in my hand.
Now I'll burn down the house of anyone who wants to follow me.“
— Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518
Bijak, The Bijak of Kabir (1983;2002) as translated by Linda Hess and Shukdeo Singh.
„The supervision of the state extends to the lock upon the door, and there begins mine own. The lock is the boundary line between the power of the government and my own private power. It is the intention of locks to make possible self-protection. In my own house my person is sacred and inviolable even to the government. In civil cases government has no right to attack me in my house, but must wait till I am upon public ground.“
— Johann Gottlieb Fichte German philosopher 1762 - 1814
The Science of Rights 1796, P. 324
„People frequently ask why my canvases are compartmentalized. No one ever asks this about a house. A man with a large family would not choose to live in a one-room house... I am like a man with a large family and must have many rooms. The children of my imagination occupy the various compartments of my painting, each independent and occupying its own place. At the same time they have the proper atmosphere in which to function together, in harmony and as a unified group. One can say that my paintings are like a house, in which each occupant has a room of his own.“
— Adolph Gottlieb American artist 1903 - 1974
1950s, Arts and Architecture, vol. 68, no 9, September 1951, p. 21.
„The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery“
— Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799
1770s, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (1775), Context: The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
„My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear — a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence.
The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.
I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do — for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
The Madman (1918), My Friend
„The moment I stood there I saw people from houses to my right, left and front were already on their balcony’s and they stared at me all at once as if I was from Jupiter. Their interrogative expression was asking me ‘who the hell are you?’ repeatedly. I did not give a damn, though.“
— Gaurav Sharma (author) Author and novelist 1992
Gone are the Days (2016)
„I have a panic room in my house, where I am supposed to take refuge if one of the adherents of the "religion of peace" makes it past my permanent security detail and into my home. In fact, it's not really my home at all—I live in a government safe house, heavily protected and bulletproof. Since November 2004, when a Muslim murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh for the crime of offending Islam, I have been surrounded by police guards and stripped of nearly all personal privacy. I am driven every day from the safe house to my office in the Dutch Parliament building in armored police cars with sirens and flashing blue lights. I wear a bulletproof jacket when I speak in public. Always surrounded by plainclothes police officers, I have not walked the streets on my own in more than seven years.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
2010s, Marked for Death (2012), Ch. 1: "The Axe Versus the Pen", pp. 4–5
— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
Misattributed, Actually said by Tina Fey portraying Sarah Palin on comedy program Saturday Night Live http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/palin-hillary-open/n12287/, season 34, episode 1, Parody of her statement to Charles Gibson in a ABC News interview, "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." (See above.)
„I came up no backstairs…Little did I think to be ever charged in this House with being the tool and abettor of secret influence. The novelty of the imputation only renders it so much the more contemptible. This is the only answer I shall ever deign to make on the subject, and I wish the House to bear it in their mind, and judge of my future conduct by my present declaration: the integrity of my own heart, and the probity of all my public, as well as my private principles, shall always be my sources of action.“
— William Pitt the Younger British politician 1759 - 1806
Speech in the House of Commons (12 January 1784), quoted in Boyd Hilton, A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People? England. 1783-1846 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2008), p. 54.
„Whoever comes to this house shall never leave without being filled with joy. To Me, the Parent, all human beings in the world are My children.“
— Nakayama Miki Founder of Tenrikyo 1798 - 1887
The Life of Oyasama, The Life of Oyasama, Foundress of Tenrikyo, p. 19
„Near about twelve my eyes suddenly opened — I had not opened them. The sleep was broken by something else. I felt a great presence around me in the room. It was a very small room. I felt a throbbing life all around me, a great vibration — almost like a hurricane, a great storm of light, joy, ecstasy. I was drowning in it. It was so tremendously real that everything became unreal. The walls of the room became unreal, the house became unreal, my own body became unreal. Everything was unreal because now there was for the first time reality.“
— Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
The Discipline Of Transcendence (1978)
„Dark and empty was the place to which I’d come
Cold and silent was the house my name was on
Nine rooms — and a tomb in every one“
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
Song lyrics, Numbers (1974)