Guest Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old guest quotes, guest sayings, and guest proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.     

Jean De La Bruyere

The art of being a good guest is to know when to leave.     

Prince Philip

No guest is so welcome in a friend's house that he will not become a nuisance after three days.     


House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad.     

Emma Bombeck

Every house guest brings you happiness. Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving.     


It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.     


Every house where love abides / And friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home sweet home / For there the heart can rest.     

Henry Van Dyke

If it were not for guests all houses would be graves.      

Khalil Gibran

People are guests in our story, the same way we are guests in theirs. But we all meet each other for a reason because every person is a personal lesson waiting to be told.     

Lauren Klarfeld

Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.     

Radhika Munda

It is not the quantity of the meat, but the cheerfulness of the guests, which makes the feast.     

Edward Hyde

A guest has not to thank the host, but the host the guest.     

Russian Proverb

As a dinner guest I gratefully eat just about anything that's set before me, because graciousness among friends is dearer to me than any other agenda.     

Barbara Kingsolver

People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them.      

Anton Chekov

To the guests that must go, bid God's speed and brush away all traces of their steps.     

Robindranath Tagore

Treat your family like guests and your guests like family.     

Judy Baer

The glasses were half full, which meant that the guests were completely so.     

Guy De Maupassant

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. Welcome and entertain them all!      


Never let 'em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you've worked too hard to make dinner for them - which of course you have!      

Ina Garten

Guests are people who come to your home to see you whine at the table, bark loudly, jump on women wearing pantyhose, and do other tricks which you wouldn't think of doing just for the family.      

Peg Kehret

Like all guests, after a fortnight, grief is best beyond the door.      

Sandra Cisneros

Strong I am without power or persuasion, welcomed gladly and spurned by everyone.     

Francois Villon