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NOVELTY
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Novelty serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of in our usual and ordinary entertainments.
      - Joseph Addison

There is always something new out of Libya.
      - Aristotle

Novelty is both delightful and deceptive.
      - Honore de Balzac

There is nothing new except what is forgotten.
      - Mademoiselle Rose Bertin

Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 10)

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 9)

There's nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.
      - Ambrose Bierce

There is not adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
      - Percy W. Bridgman,
        The Intelligent Individual and Society

Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.
      - Edmund Burke

Spick and span new.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LVIII)

Change, change,--we all covet change.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

By nature, men love newfangledness.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Novelties please less than they impress.
      - Charles Dickens

Novelty is an essential attribute of the beautiful.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Seize from every moment its unique novelty and do not prepare your joys.
      - Andre Gide

How shall we plan, that all be fresh and new--
  Important matter yet attractive too?
    [Ger., Wie machen wir's, dass alles frisch und neu
      Und mit Bedeutung auch gefallig sei?]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 15)

Newness hath an evanescent beauty.
      - Heinrich Heine

Such is the nature of novelty that where anything pleases it becomes doubly agreeable if new; but if it displeases, it is doubly displeasing on that very account.
      - David Hume

For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, and as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

Novelty is indeed necessary to preserve eagerness and alacrity; but art and nature have stores inexhaustible by human intellects; and every moment produces something new to him who has quickened his faculties by diligent observation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

In science, as in common life, we frequently see that a novelty in system or in practice, cannot be duly appreciated till time has sobered the enthusiasm of its advocates.
      - Queen Maud (or Matilda)

An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

And I will capture your minds with sweet novelty.
  [Lat., Dulcique animos novitate tenebo.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. IV, 284)

Human nature craves novelty.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)


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