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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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Liccione
“A small world where people know each other, and still so deep, able to get lost.”
Anthony Liccione

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

Eric Micha'el Leventhal
“Miracles can only inhabit the reality of our awareness when we surrender our need for the familiar to our desire for the limitless.”
Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Scott Lynch
“Familiarity has a way of filing the sharp edges off our feelings for other people. You'll see.”
Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves

Sara Sheridan
“There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art - be that in a film, or a photograph, or a painting.”
Sara Sheridan

Cindy Woodsmall
“I don't think God puts us on this earth so we can be afraid of stepping into the unknown. Isn't tomorrow an unknown even if we all stay right here where tradition is kept and every piece of ground is familiar?”
Cindy Woodsmall, For Every Season

“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

“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

“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

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

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

Jean Dubuffet
“People have seen that I intend to sweep away everything we have been taught to consider - without question - as grace and beauty; but have overlooked my work to substitute a vaster beauty, touching all objects and beings, not excluding the most despised - and because of that, all the more exhilarating....

I would like people to look at my work as an enterprise for the rehabilitation of scorned values, and, in any case, make no mistake, a work of ardent celebration....

I am convinced that any table can be for each of us a landscape as inexhaustible as the whole Andes range... I am struck by the high value, for a man, of a simple permanent fact, like the miserable vista on which the window of his room opens daily, that comes, with the passing of time, to have an important role in his life. I often think that the highest destination at which a work of art can aim is to take on that function in someone's life.”
Jean Dubuffet

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

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

Nick Hornby
“There was an awful lot to be said for familiarity, if you thought about it. It was an extremely underrated virtue, ignorable until the very moment that you were in danger of losing whatever or whoever it was that was familiar—a house, a view, a partner.”
Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

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

Sara Sheridan
“It is strange that what seems at first alien becomes second nature in the blink of an eye.”
Sara Sheridan, The Secret Mandarin

Ken Kesey
“One of the dumbest things you were ever taught was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull. Remember when you first wanted to be a writer? Eight or ten years old, reading about thin-lipped heroes flying over mysterious viny jungles toward untold wonders? That's what you wanted to write about, about what you didn't know. So. What mysterious time and place don't we know?"

[Remember This: Write What You Don't Know (New York Times Book Review, December 31, 1989)]”
Ken Kesey

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