One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.
The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity
Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer.
We also confuse trust with familiarity.
Great affection is often the cause of violent animosity. The quarrels of men often arise from too great a familiarity.
One needs but to say that, in the case of an unfamiliar sequence of syllables, only about seven can be grasped in one act, but that with frequent repetition and gradually increasing familiarity with the series this capacity of consciousness may be increased.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and familiarity breeds contempt.
Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.
A gentleman has ease without familiarity, is respectful without meanness; genteel without affectation, insinuating without seeming art.
Intolerance is the Do Not Touch sign on something that cannot bear touching. We do not mind having our hair ruffled, but we will not tolerate any familiarity with the toupee which covers our baldness.
In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
Familiarity breeds contempt; distance breeds respect.
Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance.
Accessing capital to start a business can be a daunting process, especially for entrepreneurs who start out with a great idea, but have no real familiarity with the business world.
Admiration and familiarity are strangers.
If ever a man and his wife, or a man and his mistress, who pass nights as well as days together, absolutely lay aside all good breeding, their intimacy will soon degenerate into a coarse familiarity, infallibly productive of contempt or disgust.
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.
Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.
If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.
Familiarity and satiety are twins.
Familiarity so dulls the edge of perception as to make us least acquainted with things forming part of our daily life.
Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.
The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.