Quotes About Familiarity

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W.H. Auden
“Evil is unspectacular and always human,
And shares our bed and eats at our own table ....”
W.H. Auden, Collected Poems

Jodi Picoult
“When you have been with your partner for so many years, they become the glove compartment map that you've worn dog-eared and white-creased, the trail you recogonize so well you could draw it by heart and for this very reason keep it with you on journeys at all times. And yet, when you least expect it, one day you open your eyes and there is an unfamiliar turnoff, a vantage point taht wasn't there before, and you have to stop and wonder if maybe this landmark isn't new at all, but rather something you have missed all along.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Robert M. Pirsig
“(What makes his world so hard to see clearly is not its strangeness but its usualness).Familiarity can blind you too.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Jodi Picoult
“Identification is not the same as knowing someone through and through.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Wallace Stegner
“I wonder if ever again Americans can have that experience of returning to a home place so intimately known, profoundly felt, deeply loved, and absolutely submitted to? It is not quite true that you can't go home again. I have done it, coming back here. But it gets less likely. We have had too many divorces, we have consumed too much transportation, we have lived too shallowly in too many places.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Don DeLillo
“When I work, I'm just translating the world around me in what seems to be straightforward terms. For my readers, this is sometimes a vision that's not familiar. But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear.”
Don DeLillo

“It's weird when you hear teachers call each other by their first names. It's like they're friends or something.”
Brian Francis

“Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.”
Tierney Gearon

Neil Gaiman
“His beard was all colors, a grove of trees in autumn, deep brown and fire-orange and wine-red, an untrimmed tangle across the lower half of his face. His cheeks were apple-red. He looked like a friend; like someone you had known all your life.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

Julian Barnes
“The better you know someone, the less well you often see them (and the less well they can therefore be transferred into fiction). They may be so close as to be out of focus, and there is no operating novelist to dispel the blur. ”
Julian Barnes

Shannon L. Alder
“When you’re in love with two people, always choose the second. The fact that you are constantly thinking of the second person makes it obvious that the first will never fulfill you, unless the second person did not fulfill you either. At this point, you have to choose the third person because God is getting a little tired of your inattention and indecisiveness, and is planning on sending a fourth person into your life just to slap you around with the bible for not entering the promised land.”
Shannon L. Alder

Michael Bassey Johnson
“You can never be annoyed by anyone when you are just alone, insults comes from being too familiar even with the most respectful persons.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

A.J. Darkholme
“[If you] give into your [emotional] illusions, and you will find yourself lost in a maze with no exits, nor entrances, but winding paths that lead you in circles so many times that you grow familiar and comfortable with the very place you shouldn't be in.”
A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

“When your friend becomes a king, treat him first as a king, then let him choose you as a friend. Acting otherwise is suicidal. Familiarity is evil.”
Tylor Ilori

“With so much unknown in this life, how little it takes for a face, a grove of trees, an outcropping of stone to become familiar.”
Larry Watson, Let Him Go

Rebecca Solnit
“I talked about places, about the ways that we often talk about love of place, by which we mean our love for places, but seldom of how the places love us back, of what they give us. They give us continuity, something to return to, and offer a familiarity that allows some portion of our lives to remain connected and coherent... And distant places give us refuge in territories where our own histories aren't so deeply entrenched and we can imagine other stories, other selves, or just drink up quiet and respite.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Georges Simenon
“They never addressed each other by name, nor were they in the habit of exchanging endearments. What was the point, since both felt that, in many ways, they were one person?”
Georges Simenon, Maigret and the Apparition

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Its crazy when people of high moral standards, feel its okay for an intimate friend to insult them in a jovial way, forgeting that even casual friends can do just the same in a jovial way.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Moxie Mezcal
“...their hearts had still not been hardened with the inevitable cynicism that familiarity and experience breed. ”
Moxie Mezcal, Concrete Underground

Criss Jami
“A man of God has many brothers. He is a wounded soldier - he is familiar with the pain one feels in his heart, as a close and loving brother, when a brother falls victim of evil men or turns to evil desires (the latter sometimes even betrayal). Because of this, too, he is and must be well-acquainted with and trained in the strengths of hope and the gentleness of forgiveness and mercy.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Anne’s is a world very like this one, and you can move about in it with familiarity - but not freedom: it is a place of rigorous consequence, where the weak have to give way to the strong, where her governess heroine Agnes must walk as best she can in the cold shade of money and masculinity.”
Jude Morgan, The Taste of Sorrow

Richard Paul Evans
“Just like our story, the original Christmas tales were stories of searching, not so much for the lost, as for the familiar. Mary and Joseph sought in Bethlehem- the home of their familial ancestry- a place to start their own family; the three kings from the East journeyed beneath the sentinel star to find the King of Kings; and the shepherds sought a child in a place most familiar to them: a manger.”
Richard Paul Evans, Finding Noel

Richard Powers
“Be grateful for anything that still cuts. Dissonance is a beauty that familiarity hasn't destroyed yet.”
Richard Powers, Orfeo

Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor had known that for so long, she couldn’t even remember figuring it out.”
Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Jamaica Kincaid
“I never wanted to live in that place again, but if for some reason I was forced to live there again, I would never accept the harsh judgments made against me by people whose only power to do so was that they had known me from the moment I was born.”
Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy

Carl William Brown
“Hegel used to say that the familiar, precisely because it is familiar, remains unknown. That’s why we don't know so much about stupidity.”
Carl William Brown, Aforismi contro il potere e la stupidità

Israelmore Ayivor
“Take the unpopular route. Use the road no one travels by. Think of doing what is uncommon but remarkable. You have absolutely nobody to overtake you on the empty road!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Alexis  Hall
“Tonight there was something different. Something both deeper and shallower than friendship. Familiarity, perhaps, the sudden realisation that we lived our sealed-up little lives in closeness to each other. That we had something to share and something to lose. Something to protect together.”
Alexis Hall, Waiting for the Flood

Dean Koontz
“I don't desire a change of scenery or exotic experiences. My heart yearns for familiarity, stability, the comfort of home — and my sanity depends on it.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

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