69+ Best Homecoming Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational homecoming quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Homecoming Quotes

Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. Charles Dickens

Home’s where you go when you run out of homes. John le Carré

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward. Margaret Barber

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Robert Frost

It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. Barbara Kingsolver

Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering. Charles Dickens

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right. Maya Angelou

Returning home is the most difficult part of long distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits. Cindy Ross

The sweetness and delights of the resting place are in proportion to the pain endured on the Journey. Only when you suffer the pangs and tribulations of exile will you truly enjoy your homecoming. Rumi

When time passes, it’s the people who knew you whom you want to see; they’re the ones you can talk to. When enough time passes, what’s it matter what they did to you? John Irving

Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream. Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward. Come home to the belief that we can seek a newer world. And let us be joyful in the homecoming. George McGovern

As truth be told, homecoming never gets old. Hlovate

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

I’m home and safe and filled with the comfort of being somewhere I’ve already been. The ruckus of homecoming is brutally enjoyable and everyone makes me feel like a champion. And all I had to do was stay away long enough. Miguel Syjuco

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.  Herman Melville

Aloha. It meant welcome and homecoming. It meant love. Clemence McLaren

All coming to Jesus has the feeling of homecoming upon it. All going away from Him has the sense of estrangement upon it. The rich young ruler went away from Jesus sorrowful. Everybody does. Not only estrangement from God, but also estrangement from oneself. And the universe! And from life! You are not at home with life, unless you are at home with Life. And Jesus is Life! E. Stanley Jones

Amy read Ovid and Virgil and Aristophanes and Homer. She read dry histories and scandalous love poetry her governesses, who had little Latin and less Greek, naïvely assumed that anything in a classical tongue must be respectable, but mostly she returned again and again to The Odyssey. Odysseus had fought to go home, and so would Amy. Lauren Willig

There is no feeling like coming home after danger. Bear Grylls

Here I am, after all, welcome home, I’m yours. To which Henry replied When I wanted you you were not mine, when I needed you you rejected me. Why should I cherish you now? Iris Murdoch

Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember. Seneca the Younger

The wind taught me never to forget old friends, by blowing them back to me. Michael Bassey Johnson

When it comes to anything that’s social, whether it’s your family, your school, your community, your business or your country, winning is a team sport. William J. Clinton

I always took the long way home. Wherever I was going, I always took the long way to get there. But I always went my own way, and I always knew I’d get there. Drue Grit

I’m home and safe and filled with the comfort of being somewhere I’ve already been. The ruckus of homecoming is brutally enjoyable and everyone makes me feel like a champion. And all I had to do was stay away long enough. Miguel Syjuco

When you are hard on others, they split. When you are hard on yourself, you split. Then you are left in pieces. Keith Anthony Blanchard

Poetry is a sort of homecoming. Paul Celan

Our personal mythologies intermingle with the myths of the land. We become part of a place and its history. And even when we do not originate from a place, dwelling with intention helps us be of a place. We become local. In other words, to dwell with intention is an act of homecoming. Solstice

The crowning experience of all, for the homecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear anymore except his God. Viktor E. Frankl

There is no home as comfortable as your father’s arms and no bed as soft as your mother’s lap. Faraaz Kazi

I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Not its attainment, nor its final definition, but its pursuit. I believe in the journey, not the arrival; in conversation, not monologues; in multiple questions rather than any single answer. I believe in the struggle to remake ourselves and challenge each other in the spirit of eternal forgiveness, in the awareness that none of us knows for sure what happiness truly is, but each of us knows the imperative to keep searching. I believe in the possibility of surprising joy, of serenity through pain, of homecoming through exile. Andrew Sullivan

Is that actually you or am I dreaming again? Ella Fox

Life does not end when we die. Death is a rebirth into a spirit world of light and love, a transition from the physical to the spiritual that is no more frightening or painful than passing between rooms through an open doorway. It is a joyful homecoming to our natural home. Betty Eadie

Temporary homecomings are bittersweet. Sometimes it’s better not to go back at all than to have to leave again. Amanda Bouchet

What I remember most about junior homecoming was my date getting sick afterwards. That kinda sucked. Then, senior year, someone got gum in her hair when we were dancing. She had to get one of the chaperones to take her to the office and cut up her hair. I felt really bad for her, but it worked out fine. James Lafferty

Coming back to Karachi is like stepping into the sea again after months on land. How easily you float, how peaceful is the sense of being borne along, and how familiar the sound of the water lapping against your limbs. Kamila Shamsie

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. Vicki Baum

They both seemed to understand that describing it was beyond their powers, the gratitude that spreads through your body when a burden gets lifted, and the sense of homecoming that follows, when you suddenly remember what it feels like to be yourself. Tom Perrotta

Dance, dance, dance till you drop. W. H. Auden

We wander in our thousands over the face of the earth, the illustrious and the obscure, earning beyond the seas our fame, our money, or only a crust of bread; but it seems to me that for each of us going home must be like going to render an account. Joseph Conrad

Baseball is about homecoming. It is a journey by theft and strength, guile and speed, out around first to the far island of second, where foes lurk in the reefs and the green sea suddenly grows deeper, then to turn sharply, skimming the shallows, making for a shore that will show a friendly face, a color, a familiar language and, at third, to proceed, no longer by paths indirect but straight, to home. A. Bartlett Giamatti

The ancients said that for persons who cultivated body and mind, and who are virtuous and honorable, death is an experience of liberation, a long awaited rest from a lifetime of labors. Death helps the unscrupulous person to put an end to the misery of desire. Death, then, for everyone is a kind of homecoming. That is why the ancient sages speak of a dying person as a person who is going home. Liezi

In the end, coming to faith remains for all a sense of homecoming, of picking up the threads of a lost life, of responding to a bell that had long been ringing, of taking a place at a table that had long been vacant. Malcolm Muggeridge

I expected to be happy, but let me tell you something. Anticipating happiness and being happy are two entirely different things. I told myself that all I wanted to do was go to the mall. I wanted to look at the pretty girls, ogle the Victoria’s Secret billboards, and hit on girls at the Sam Goody record store. I wanted to sit in the food court and gorge on junk food. I wanted to go to Bath and Body Works, stand in the middle of the store, and breathe. I wanted to stand there with my eyes closed and just smell, man. I wanted to lose myself in the total capitalism and consumerism of it all, the pure greediness, the pure indulgence, the pure American ness of it all. I never made it that far. I didn’t even make it out of the airport in Baltimore with all its Cinnabons, Starbucks, Brooks Brothers, and Brookstones before realizing that after where we’d been, after what we’d seen, home would never be home again. Matthew J. Hefti

Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star. Laini Taylor

All the poems of the poet who has entered into his poethood are poems of homecoming. Martin Heidegger

The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public. Phyllis Diller

I’m a nerd. Total geek. I never went to homecoming or prom or anything. Hunter Hayes

With the warmth of an alien sun on his back, Jacob took a deep breath at the door and knocked. Sharon Sant

On these sands and in the clefts of the rocks, in the depths of the sea, in the creaking of the pines, you’ll spy secret footprints and catch far off voices from the homecoming celebration. This land still longs for Odysseus. Homer

And that was my homecoming. It was fine, I guess. Getting back feels like your first breath after nearly drowning. Even if it hurts, it’s good. Phil Klay

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Dave Barry

Trei did not stay to look out at the city, but went to find his cousin. He went smiling, and with a lightness to his step almost as though he were flying, for he felt at last that he had, indeed come home. Rachel Neumeier

I was homecoming queen. I was star of my basketball team. Marla Maples

They say you can never go home again. Bartholomew Quasar leaned back in his deluxe model captain’s chair as the star cruiser raced toward Earth. But I tend to disagree. Milo James Fowler

It’s not the Olympics. It’s Concord, New Hampshire, and a homecoming should reflect the community I’m part of. Christa McAuliffe

The world he had left was not ready for his return, or rather, he was not ready to return to the world he had left. Matthew J. Hefti

What we remember from childhood we remember forever permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. Cynthia Ozick

Homecoming is a single word, and we use it to describe a single event. But true homecoming requires more time. It seems to be a process rather than a moment. Perhaps we come home the way the earth comes home to the sun. It could be that homecoming is always a return and our understanding of home deepens with each encounter. Christie Purifoy

When time passes, it’s the people who knew you whom you want to see; they’re the ones you can talk to. When enough time passes, what’s it matter what they did to you? John Irving

How long since he’d been back home? Ten years? Fifteen? He’d stopped keeping track around the time he’d finally stopped looking over his shoulder. At the time, leaving had seemed too good to be true. He’d spent months feeling like he was half a step ahead of some nameless specter; like if he let his guard down, even for a second, whatever it was would drag him right back where he’d come from. Laura Oliva

Being a female in music industry, it’s hard. There are so many double standards for things. I read this one thing and it was like, It seems like she can’t figure out if she wants to be sexy bad girl or cutesy good girl. Yeah, because everyone’s either one thing or the other. You’re either Homecoming Queen Skipper or Delinquent Cop Out Barbie. And you can’t be anything in between the two. That’s not how human beings are. Jemina Pearl

I did exactly what you told me to do, Nick. Didn’t you tell me to just write the stupid book already? And that even doing the worst thing on the planet had to count for something? Well I can’t think of anything worse than what I’m about to do, which is why I think you deserve an explanation. And maybe after you read it you’ll realize why I don’t have the hope that you have. The truth is this: We begin and end alone. Matthew J. Hefti

He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest. Laini Taylor

Was he my home, then, my homecoming? You are my homecoming. When I’m with you and we’re well together, there is nothing more I want. You make me like who I am, who I become when you’re with me. If there is any truth in the world, it lies when I’m with you, and if I find the courage to speak my truth to you one day, remind me to light a candle in thanksgiving at every altar in Rome. André Aciman

Each of us is born into our own mysteries but the mystery of another might just take us in and embrace us. And then what a sense of homecoming, of belonging! Alexander McCall Smith

But the shock wears off, more quickly for some, but eventually for most. Fast food and alcohol are seductive, and I didn’t fight too hard. Your old routine is easy to fall back into, preferences and tastes return. It’s not hard to be a fussy, overstuffed American. After a couple of months, home is no longer foreign, and you are free to resume your old life. I thought I did. Resume my old life, that is. I was wrong. Brian Castner

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. Doug Larson