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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

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

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
“Some of the freckles I once loved are now closer to liver spots. But it’s still the eyes we look at, isn’t it? That’s where we found the other person, and find them still.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christy Lefteri
“Inside the person you know, there is a person you do not know.”
Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo

“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

Gertrude Stein
“Familiarity does not breed contempt, anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful. And that is all as it should be.”
Gertrude Stein, Paris France

“Don’t carve your perception of me in stone otherwise you risk being left behind in my evolutionary journey.”
Lebo Grand

“All this impressive physiology produces more than mere flight. The hawk dances on air. In just ten seconds, she stopped a rapid dive, rose vertically while turning, swept in a new direction, flapped upward, and curved into a rising arc, ending with a stall that parked her feet directly over a maple branch. The precision and beauty of bird flight is so familiar that our wonder is jaded. We should be frozen in amazement at the cardinal landing on the feeder or the sparrow banking around cars in a parking lot. Instead, we walk by as if an animal pirouetting on air were unremarkable, even mundane. The hawk's dramatic rise over the mandala's center jolts me out of dullness, pulling away the blinding layers of familiarity.”
David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

“The only lover I know who behaves sensibly is the one who is always in touch with their sensuality; he/she takes my measurements anew each time they see me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
Lebo Grand

Stewart Stafford
“People always think they know me from somewhere. That shall be my epitaph: "He hath a face familiar to many, known to few and now hidden forever.”
Stewart Stafford

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A person whose name we know is way more likely, to get our attention, than a person whose name we do not know. The opposite is true, when it comes to things.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steven Redhead
“It is the familiarity with suppression that makes it normal and acceptable.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Circus

Ranjani Rao
“Choosing freedom over toxic familiarity would always be the correct choice.”
Ranjani Rao, Rewriting My Happily Ever After - A Memoir of Divorce and Discovery

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Comfort is not the place where great dreams die. Rather, it is the place where they were never given the chance to be born.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Ashley       Clark
“But when I got that satchel home and studied it, the colors of the thread were like this faint memory. Faded by time---sort of the way you remember little grooves in the wall from when you were a kid or your favorite television characters. A shadow of what used to be.”
Ashley Clark, The Dress Shop on King Street

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