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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Life and the world, or whatever we call that which we are and feel, is an astonishing thing. The mist of familiarity obscures from us the wonder of our being. We are struck with admiration at some of its transient modifications, but it is itself the great miracle.

Admiration | Familiarity | Wonder |

Portuguese Proverbs

Too much familiarity breeds contempt.

Familiarity |

Robertson Davies

I think a great many marriages would be saved if people would behave toward one another with the same courtesy that they would extend to someone whom they really didn't know as well as a marriage necessarily implies. ... It's not very easy to do, but it is surely easier to do than to haggle and nag and fight and bitch and yelp at one another as you hear a lot of married people doing ... They seem to feel that the familiarity of affection permits anything, including insult.

Courtesy | Familiarity | Marriage | People | Think |

Arthur Conan Doyle, fully Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.

Courage | Curiosity | Familiarity |

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter.

Betrayal | Consciousness | Familiarity | Force | Fraternity | Life | Life | Order | People | Torture | Parting |