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NOVELTY
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There is always something new out of Africa.
  [Lat., Ex Africa semper aliquid novi.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        a paraphrase of Aristotle

Always something new out of Africa.
  [Lat., Ex Africa semper aliquid novi.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (8, 6)

Human nature is fond of novelty.
  [Lat., Est natura hominum novitatis avida.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Historia Naturalis (XII, 5, 3)

It is the custom on Africa to always produce new and monstrous things.
  [Fr., Afrique est coustumiere toujours choses produire nouvelles et monstrueuses.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. V, ch. III)

The enormous influence of novelty--the way in which it quickens observations, sharpens sensations, and exalts sentiment--is not half enough taken note of by us, and is to me a very sorrowful matter. And yet, if we try to obtain perpetual change, change itself will become monotonous.
      - John Ruskin

Observe, the best of novelties palls when it becomes town talk.
  [Ger., Sehen Sie, die beste Neuigkeit verliert, sobald sie Stadtmarchen wird.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fiesco (III, 10)

All, with one consent, praise newborn gauds, though they are made and moulded of things past.
      - William Shakespeare

Novelty is the foundation of the love of knowledge.
      - Sydney Smith

Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.
      - Bishop Robert South

Novelty has charms that our minds can hardly withstand.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The only thing new is the history you don't know.
      - Harry S. Truman

What is valuable is not new, and whiat s is new is not valuable.
      - Daniel Webster,
        at Marshfield, Sep. 1, 1848, criticism of the platform of the Free Soil Party

If you have had your attention directed to the novelties in thought in your own lifetime, you will have observed that almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced, and almost any idea which jogs you out of your current abstractions may be better than nothing.
      - Alfred North Whitehead,
        Science and the Modern World (ch. 3)


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