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My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

When any one of our relations was found to be a person of a very bad character, a troublesome guest, or one we desired to get rid of, upon his leaving my house I ever took care to lend him a riding-coat, or a pair of boots, or sometimes a horse of small value, and I always had the satisfaction of finding he never came back to return them.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.

William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.

Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses -- once!

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.