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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“More times than I can remember I look around and I ask why the hole I’m in looks so strangely familiar. Probably because it looks a whole lot like all the other ones I dug before I got around to digging this one.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Comfort is a stance of avoidance rather than the pursuit of excellence.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Amanda Craig
“Familiarity breeds sentiment before contempt.”
Amanda Craig

“Faced with delicate issue, consider kindness and deference. It's neither familiarity, indifference nor ire, but a perceived warmth to another soul”
Val Uchendu

“When you meet familiarity which demeans true integrity, run away!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“By choosing comfort we are in the very same decision choosing to miss every great thing in life, and that thought should be anything but comforting.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“If the gate to your precious room is always left ajar, people shall least knock before entering into your precious room!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Friedrich Nietzsche
“What is familiar is what we are used to; and what we are used to is most difficult to 'Know' - that is, to see as a problem; that is, to see as strange, as distant, as 'outside us'.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Derek Thompson
“Initially [my favorite books] seem to immerse me in another life, but ultimately they immerse me in me; I am looking through the window into another person’s home, but it is my face that I see in the reflection.”
Derek Thompson, Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Derek Thompson
“The line from psychologists is, if you’ve seen it before, it hasn’t killed you yet.”
Derek Thompson, Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Tania De Rozario
“I am a wall. I am a wall. I am a wall. I am a giant and I tower above you. I am a giant and I can't hear your voice. There is familiarity in this. I spent years like this growing up, my mother hovering over my every move, me responding monosyllabically, face blank, voice blank, heart blank. It is a coping mechanism and it is easy, if you are able to block out false promises of love with the understanding of what love has become.”
Tania De Rozario, And the Walls Come Crumbling Down

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
“Familiarity may breed contempt; but perhaps it would be more truthful to say that familiarity breeds blindness”
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Numbercaste

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The goal of comfort is at the self-same time the abandonment of great accomplishments.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“A life that chooses not to grow is a life that died long before it ever lived.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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