Familiarity Quotes

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.

William Shakespeare

The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

William Hazlitt

There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.

Charles de Gaulle

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.

Lord Chesterfield

Admiration and familiarity are strangers.

George Sand

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.

Gavin Newsom

Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance.

Roy Hattersley

Familiarity breeds contempt; distance breeds respect.

Nigerian Proverb

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


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.

Gay Hendricks

Familiarity with your lover is what initially makes sex really good.


Can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.

Charles de Gaulle

The ways suited to confidence are familiar to me, but not those that are suited to familiarity.

Joseph Joubert

Familiarity is the most destructive of all iconoclasts.

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