Hospitality

25 Quotes About Hospitality

I started this blog to pursue the art of hospitality and encourage you to practice hospitality more often as well! I hope these quotes provide inspiration to you. Opening our homes to others and sitting together around the table can make such a difference. Save the quotes that speak to you the most. Use them in captions, cherish them in a journal, display them on your walls or share them with friends.

Quotes about Hospitality

This is how the world changes – little by little, table by table, meal by meal, hour by hour. This is how we chip away at isolation, loneliness, fear. This is how we connect, in big and small ways – we do it around the table.


Shauna Niequist

I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.


Nancie J. Carmody

There is no hospitality like understanding


Vanna Bonta


But entertaining isn’t a sport or a competition. It’s an act of love, if you let it be. You can twist it and turn it into anything you want—a way to show off your house, a way to compete with your friends, a way to earn love and approval. Or you can decide that every time you open your door, it’s an act of love, not performance or competition or striving. You can decide that every time people gather around your table, your goal is nourishment, not neurotic proving. You can decide.


Shauna Niequist


“All people need a place where their roots can grow deep and they always feel like they belong and have a loving refuge. And all people need a place that gives wings to their dreams, nurturing possibilities of who they might become.”


Sally Clarkson

There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.


M. F. K. Fisher

A good time occurs precisely when we lose track of what time it is


Robert Farrar Capon

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


Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.


Ina Garten

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

Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.



Henri J.M. Nouwen

I think careful cooking is love, don’t you?


Julia Child


There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.


Madeleine L’Engle

In its essence, a meal is a creative act that has its genesis in the mind of someone who cares enough to plan it, gather ingredients and labour over its creation.


Andi Ashworth

If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health.


 Shauna Niequist

If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.


Wendell Berry

The finest art of communication is not learning how to express your thoughts. It is learning how to draw out the thoughts of another.


Tedd Tripp

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


Leo Buscaglia

Let others see their own greatness when looking in your eyes.


Mollie Marti

The most important things in your home are people.


Barbara Johnson

True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person.


Kathleen Norris

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.


Irish Blessing

“Hospitality shares what there is; that’s all. It’s not entertainment. It’s not supposed to be.”


Rosaria Butterfield

“Hospitality is not a house inspection, it’s friendship.”


Rosaria Butterfield

Thank you for reading through these quotes! I hope they encourage you as you open your home and pursue hospitality. What quote did you like the most? How do these inspire you? I’d love to know!

Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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