Like many people, I imagine, I enjoy gathering quotes. In fact, I’ve posted a few here on this blog. So it’s hardly surprising that, given my mantra, a number of my favorite quotes would delve into the meaning of home.
For instance, I have no idea how I came upon this first quotes, but you can probably see why I held on to it…
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
~ George Moore
Then there’s Kathleen Norris, who’s lived the question of home in a rather deep and conscious way. In her twenties, Norris left New York City to spend what she thought would be a few years attending to the estate of her grandparents in rural South Dakota, a place she’d visited extensively throughout her childhood. This temporary move ended up lasting nearly twenty years, during which time Norris plumbed the social and geographical aspects of home—what ties people to a place and to each other, and how culture emerges from these interconnections.
I suspect that when modern Americans ask “what is sacred?” they are really asking “what place is mine? what community do I belong to?”
~ Dakota: a spiritual geography
To be an American is to move on, as if we could outrun change. To attach oneself to place is to surrender to it, and suffer with it.
~ The Cloister Walk
However, the two home-quotes that have spoken most vividly to me come from Wallace Stegner’s novel Angle of Repose (one of my all-time favorites) and Natalie Goldberg’s Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America (which she autographed for me at a bookstore in Boulder, where I was then living and where she’d once studied). Continue reading