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An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman.
- Joseph Addison
Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover,
Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense.
- Joseph Addison, Cato (act I, sc. 4)
I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. VI)
A man does not wonder at what he sees frequently, even though he be ignorant of the reason. If anything happens which he has not seen before, he calls it a prodigy.
[Lat., Quod crebo videt non miratur, etiamsi cur fiat nescit. Quod ante non vidit, id si evenerit, ostentum esse censet.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
De Divinatione (II, 22)
Familiarity and satiety are twins.
- Dorothee DeLuzy
A woman who throws herself at a man's head will soon find her place at his feet.
- Louis Claude Joseph Desnoyers
All objects lose by too familiar a view.
- John Dryden
Be not too familiar with thy servants; at first it may beget love, but in the end it will breed contempt.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
Make not thy friends too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
Familiarity is the most destructive of all iconoclasts.
- Comtesse de Genlis, Stephanie-Felicite du Crest de Saint-Aubin
The confidant of my vices is my master, though he were my valet.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
- William Hazlitt (1)
The living together for three long, rainy days in the country has done more to dispel love than all the perfidies in love that have ever been committed.
- Sir Arthur Helps
I hold he loves me best that calls me Tom.
- Thomas Heywood,
Hierarchie of the Blessed Angells
Nothing is wonderful when you get used to it.
- Edgar Watson Howe
Familiarity so dulls the edge of perception as to make us least acquainted with things forming part of our daily life.
- Julia Ward Howe (Howel)
The ways suited to confidence are familiar to me, but not those that are suited to familiarity.
- Joseph Joubert
Familiarities are the aphides that imperceptibly suck out the juice intended for the germ of love.
- Walter Savage Landor
Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty, but kind to ugliness.
- Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)
Nothing is so awesomely unfamiliar as the familiar that discloses itself at the end of a journey.
- Cynthia Ozick
Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the intensest hatreds.
- Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
- William Shakespeare,
Hamlet Prince of Denmark
(Polonius at I, iii)
Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
As Philomel in summer's front doth sing
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days;
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burdens every bough,
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet CII
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
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