Familiarity Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian  Francis
“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

Alain de Botton
“We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but what we are really after is familiarity. We are looking to re-create, within our adult relationships, the very feelings we knew so well in childhood and which were rarely limited to just tenderness and care. The love most of us will have tasted early on came entwined with other, more destructive dynamics: feelings of wanting to help an adult who was out of control, of being deprived of a parent’s warmth or scared of his or her anger, or of not feeling secure enough to communicate our trickier wishes.

How logical, then, that we should as adults find ourselves rejecting certain candidates not because they are wrong but because they are a little too right—in the sense of seeming somehow excessively balanced, mature, understanding, and reliable—given that, in our hearts, such rightness feels foreign and unearnt. We chase after more exciting others, not in the belief that life with them will be more harmonious, but out of an unconscious sense that it will be reassuringly familiar in its patterns of frustration.”
Alain de Botton, The Course of Love

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The world needs someone they can admire from a distance; from a very far distance.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

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

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

Mihail Sebastian
“Doesn't being over-familiar put you at a disadvantage? A more formal way of speaking doesn't just mean you're being polite, it's also a way of protecting yourself.”
Mihail Sebastian, For Two Thousand Years

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Every wall that would entrap me has a door that would free me. And I languish because the fear of freedom often leaves me preferring the familiarity of the wall.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Brittany Burgunder
“Just because something is familiar, doesn't mean it's safe. And just because something feels safe, doesn't mean it's good for you.”
Brittany Burgunder

“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

Michelle Tillis Lederman
“The Law of Familiarity. People feel comfortable with who and what they know.”
Michelle Tillis Lederman, The 11 Laws of Likability: Relationship Networking . . . Because People Do Business with People They Like

Susan Orlean
“Sometimes it's harder to notice a place you think you know well; you eyes glide over it, seeing it but not seeing it at all. It's almost as if familiarity gives you a kind of temporary blindness. I had to force myself to look harder and try to see beyond the concept of library that was so latent in my brain.”
Susan Orlean, The Library Book

Maggie Stiefvater
“Do you have darkness inside you?"
"Yes,"
"And do you want to be rid of it?"
This is a harder question to answer than one might think at first blush. Almost no one would think it's correct to answer this question with a no, but the truth is that we men and women often hate to be rid of the familiar, and sometimes, our darkness is the thing we know the best.”
Maggie Stiefvater, All the Crooked Saints

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I'm on the 'short-end of the stick', there's a really good chance that it was my shortness of vision that put me there.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

R.J. Ellory
“It was a bleak and desolate place, at least it felt that way, but perhaps for no other reason than the way familiarity bred selective blindness to those things of interest or importance.”
R.J. Ellory, Bad Signs

Courtney M. Privett
“Your heartbeat is safe and familiar and all things home. It's the dance of dust on top of the kitchen cupboards, the wind through the rosemary, the brittle flutter of textbook pages, the embrace of a memory until now forgotten.”
Courtney M. Privett, Faelost

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The very same woman to whom some men would kill to make love, some man is—or some men are—bored to death of fucking.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mohamed Adly
“Is everything around us, in this world , logical then?. We just get used to things around us and get familiar with them without thinking about their logicality or illogicality.”
Mohamed Adly, Coco De Mer - the Forbidden Fruit

Derek Thompson
“Almost every piece of media people consume, every purchase they make, every design they confront lives on a continuum between fluency and disfluency - ease of thinking and difficulty of thinking. Most people lead lives of quiet fluency. They listen to music that sounds like the music they've already heard. They look forward to movies with characters, actors, and plot that they recognize. they don't heed ideas from opposing parties, particularly if these ideas seem painfully complicated. (...) the greatest joys often come from discovering fluency in places you didn't expect.”
Derek Thompson, Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Comfort is the antithesis of growth.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Jojo Moyes
“It was weird. Just a few weeks away from
home could rub the familiarity right off
someone. I felt like she was on the path
to being someone I wasn’t quite sure of. I
felt, weirdly, as if I were being left
behind.”
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

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