An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A shocking occurrence ceases to be shocking when it occurs daily.


Alexander Chase


All objects lose by too familiar a view.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Nothing is wonderful when you get used to it.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Few men have been admired by their own households.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


No matter how dark it is, the hand always knows the way to the mouth.


Nigerian Proverb (Sayings of Nigerian origin)


Familiarity is the root of the closest friendships, as well as the interests hatreds.


Antoine Rivarol (1753-1801, French journalist, epigrammatist)


Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Familiar acts are beautiful through love.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Familiarity breeds contempt; and children.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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