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

As land is improved by sowing it with various seeds, so is the mind by exercising it with different studies.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

That each from other differs, first confess; next that he varies from himself no less.
      - Alexander Pope

The lights and shades, whose well-accorded strife gives all the strength and color of our life.
      - Alexander Pope

Tired of the last, and eager of the new.
      - Matthew Prior

Variety alone gives joy;
  The sweetest meats the soonest cloy.
      - Matthew Prior, The Turtle and the Sparrow
         (l. 234)

For variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something.
  [Ger., Weil Verschiedenheit des Nichts mehr ergotzt, als Einerleiheit des Etwas.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Levana--Fragment V (I, 100)

When our old Pleasures die,
  Some new One still is nigh;
    Oh! fair Variety!
      - Nicholas Rowe, Ode for the New Year

Variety is a positive requisite even in the character of our food.
      - John Ruskin

Every change of place becomes a delight.
  [Lat., Omnis mutatio loci jucunda fiet.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (28)

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
  Her infinite variety.
      - William Shakespeare

How nature delights and amuses us by varying even the character of insects; the ill-nature of the wasp, the sluggishness of the drone, the volatility of the butterfly, the slyness of the bug!
      - Sydney Smith

Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.
      - Bishop Robert South

Whatever is natural admits of variety.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

I take it to be a principal rule of life, not to be too much addicted to any one thing.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate.
      - Edmund Waller


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