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VARIETY
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[ Also see Adventure Change Choice Diversity Innovation Mutability Novelty ]

Amidst the soft variety I'm lost.
      - Joseph Addison, Letter from Italy (l. 100)

There is a variety in tempers of good men.
      - Francis Atterbury

Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.
      - Francis Bacon

God hath varied the inclinations of men according to the variety of actions to be performed.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Nature, through all her works, in great degree,
  Borrows a blessing from variety.
    Music itself her needful aid requires
      To rouse the soul, and wake our dying fires.
      - Charles Churchill

Variety is the very spice of life.
      - William Cowper

The earth was made so various, that the mind
  Of desultory man, studious of change
    And pleased with novelty, might be indulged.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 506)

Variety's the very spice of life,
  That gives it all its flavour.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 506)

That divine gift which makes a woman charming.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Variety is the mother of enjoyment.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The variety of all things forms a pleasure.
      - Euripides, Orestes (234)

In books and love the mind one end pursues, and only change the expiring flame renews.
      - John Gay

Variety's the source of joy below,
  From whence still fresh-revolving pleasures flow,
    In books and love the mind one end pursues,
      And only change the expiring flames renews.
      - John Gay,
        Epistles--To Bernard Lintot, on a Miscellany of Poems

Countless the various species of mankind,
  Countless the shades which sep'rate mind from mind;
    No general object of desire is known,
      Each has his will, and each pursues his own.
      - William Gifford, Perseus

The charm of London is that you are never glad or sorry for ten minutes together; in the country you are one or the other for weeks.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The great source of pleasure is variety.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

All concord's born of contraries.
      - Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels
         (act V, sc. 2)

Diversity, that is my motto.
  [Fr., Diversite, c'est ma devise.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Pate d' Anguille

There is a grace in wild variety surpassing rule and order.
      - William Mason

All sorts are here that all the earth yields, variety without end.
      - John Milton

God hath here varied His bounty so with new delights!
      - John Milton

The most universal quality is diversity.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Even pleasure cloys without variety.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Treat a thousand dispositions in a thousand ways.
  [Lat., Mille animos excipe mille modis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 756)

Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.
      - Francesco Petrarch


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