Hospitality Sayings and Quotes

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


Peace is an awareness of reserves from beyond ourselves, so that our power is not so much in us as through us. Peace is the gift, not of volitional struggle, but of spiritual hospitality.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.     

Samuel Pepys

Each one of you is responsible for hospitality.     

Alice DeSouza

True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who've found the center of their lives in their own hearts.     

Henri Nouwen

Hospitality is the key to new ideas, new friends, new possibilities. What we take into our lives changes us. Without new people and new ideas, we are imprisoned inside ourselves.     

Joan D Chittister

A life of hospitality begins in worship, with a recognition of God's grace and generosity. Hospitality is not first a duty and responsibility; it is first a response of love and gratitude for God's love and welcome to us.     

Christine Pohl

Hospitality is present when something happens for you. It is absent when something happens to you. Those two simple prepositions for and to express it all.     

Danny Meyer

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

Hospitality is almost impossible to teach. It's all about hiring the right people.     

Danny Meyer

In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger.     

Kobayashi Issa

A soul of hospitality and a heart of humanity is a house of love, peace, freedom, liberty and justice.     

Auliq Ice

Hospitality is simply love on the loose.     

Joan D Chittister

True hospitality consists of giving the best of yourself to your guests.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Hospitality sitting with gladness.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality; we can be complete only when we are giving something away; when we sit at the table and pass the peas to the person next to us we see that person in a whole new way.     

Alice Waters

Hospitality knows no gender or race.     

Danny Meyer

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. 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 D. Chittister

Hospitality should have no other nature than love.     

Henrietta Mears

Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.     

Francis Atterbury

Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans.     

Jane Addams

True hospitality is a delicate balance of warmth and form.     

Sheila Ostrander

When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.     

Max Beerbohm

Hospitality exists when you believe that the other person is on your side.     

Danny Meyer

I believe that hospitality is central to the heart and ministry of Jesus and that to the extent we fail to extend this hospitality to gay people, the church will fail to walk in the way of Jesus.     

Wendy Vanderwal-Gritter

Dreams are guests who ensoul our lives if we have hospitality for them.     

Jeannine Parvati Baker

You're extending hospitality, and hospitality is a big part of how politics works.     

Kurt Meyer

The word hospitality in the new testament comes from two greek words. The first word means love and the second word means strangers. Its a word that means love of strangers.     

Nancy Leigh Demoss

The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war.     

Charles Alexander Eastman