Monday, May 23, 2011

Mo' ol' house quotes


The houses built by our ancestors were better ventilated in certain respects than modern ones, with all their improvements ... The great majority of the American People, owing to sheer ignorance, are, for want of pure air, being poisoned and starved; the result being weakened constitution, frequent disease and shortened life.

Catherine E Beecher and Harriet Beecher, The American Woman's Home

Old houses, I thought, do not belong to people, ever, not really, people belong to them.

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadows Daybook

A Vermonter had bought an old run-down farm and had worked very hard getting it back in good operating condition. When it was back in pretty good working shape, the local minister happened to stop by for a call. He congratulated the farmer on the result of his labor, remarking that it was wonderful what God and man could do when working together.
"Ayeh", allowed the farmer,"p'raps it is. But you should have seen this place when God was running it alone."

Allen R Foley, What the Old-Timer said

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