NPL Quotations

While working on this piece, we found some neat quotations about “home,” and thought we’d share. Some helped us contextualize our piece. Some felt inspirational. Some were like old bits of furniture you forget are there until you trip over them in the middle of the night.

What are your favorite (or not so favorite) quotations about home? Please share in the comments!



“But every step and every day lead you back again…Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.”
– Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees, Reflections, and Poems) / Wandering
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npl q 2 “I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
― Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
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npl q 4 “The fish,
Even in the fisherman’s net,
Still carries,
The smell of the sea.”
― Mourid Barghouti
npl q 9 “It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity.”
― Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
“Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death…”
– Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees, Reflections, and Poems) / Wandering
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npl q 7 “One never reaches home…But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time.”
― Hermann Hesse
“You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back.”
― James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
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Photos by Valerie Giacobbe

One Response to NPL Quotations

  1. Maureen O'Hanlon says:

    Beautiful words about “Home,” from some of the best writers! I’m looking forward to seeing the show!

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