Quotation Explorer - 'Familiar'

Cabbage: A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head. - Ambrose Bierce
God is not someone you meet when you die. His smiling face will be the first and the most familiar to greet you on the other side of mortality. You’ll recognize Him and know in your heart of hearts that you’re not entering a new sphere, but returning home to the place you’ve always belonged. - Toni Sorenson
Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances. - Charles Baudelaire
I understood finding the place you are born in an unbearable prison and wanting something completely different from what you are familiar with, knowing it represents a haven. - Jamaica Kincaid
More times than I can remember I look around and I ask why the hole I’m in looks so strangely familiar. Probably because it looks a whole lot like all the other ones I dug before I got around to digging this one. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
Anger... agony... so familiar emotions. - Deyth Banger
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Do not be complacent about your achievements and not to strive for continual improvement when you get to the top. As soon as you let success go to your head, you sink into following familiar patterns and play it safe. In other words, you risk losing your edge. - Roy T. Bennett
I would cling to unhappiness because it was a known, familiar state. When I was happier, it was because I knew I was on my way back to misery. I've never been convinced that happiness is the object of the game. I'm wary of happiness. - Hugh Laurie
Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange. - Robert Kegan
A good story feels both surprising and inevitable, fresh and familiar. - Adam Johnson
Ordinary folk prefer familiar tastes - they'd sooner eat the same things all the time - but a gourmet would sample a fried park bench just to know how it tastes. - Walter Moers
Her heart had grown so familiar to the pain of life without him, that to respond now seemed too large a pleasure she could not endure. If pain was love, then she loved fiercely. Yet knew she could not be near that boy again. - Coco J. Ginger
Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. - Louisa May Alcott
I know of no better or quicker way to step into my greatness than to step out of what's familiar. - Vironika Tugaleva
To inquire into the intricacies of a distant landscape, then, is to provoke thoughts about one’s own interior landscape, and the familiar landscapes of memory. The land urges us to come around to an understanding of ourselves. - Barry López
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. - Bill Bryson
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more. - Sir Winston Churchill
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. - Raymond Lindquist
I can't explain why your name seems so familiar to me, or why it feels like I've heard your voice a thousand times before, but I can explain this ~ your the type of chaos Id bleed for. - Nikki Rowe
You never discover the unexpected if you always stick with the familiar - Jeff Dixon-Terror in the Kingdom
The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H.L. Mencken
I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive - Barbara Deming
We live in a world where terrorism has a more familiar meaning than peace. - Keely Barton
Monty Python's usual schoolboy humour is here let loose on a period of history appropriately familiar to every schoolboy in the West, and a faith which could be shaken by such good-humoured ribaldry would be a very precarious faith indeed.
It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love. - William Shakespeare
The question is not what you look at, but what you see. It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a point a hair's breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance. - Henry David Thoreau
It was a curious day, slashed abruptly with fleeting, familiar impressions. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is home, it's the only place I want to be, but at the same time everything familiar feels strange. It's the same as it ever was except without the people who most belong here. - Jael McHenry
Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you. - Francis de Sales
Be neither too remote nor too familiar. - Prince Charles
There is a particular disdain with which Siamese cats regard you. Anyone who has walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will be familiar with the feeling. - Douglas Adams
You can never be annoyed by anyone when you are just alone, insults comes from being too familiar even with the most respectful persons. - Michael Bassey Johnson
He will essentially follow the language of the spectacle, for it is the only one he is familiar with. - Guy Debord
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. - Lin Yutang
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them to see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. - Max Planck
Isn't it fascinating how long a few minutes seem when you are completely alone with not a familiar face in sight? - Kirby Larson
It's easy to get lost in thought if it's not familiar territory to you. - Unknown
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. - Alan Cohen
Familiar words for dead black boys portrayed as complicit in their own demise. Michael Donald's body had been hanged on a Mobile street, and the police were doing the same thing to his name. - Ravi Howard
He was trying to find his footing in a world both familiar and foreign - H.W. Brands
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. - H. L. Mencken
Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you've never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground. - Judith Thurman
We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known - Carson McCullers
You're back where you swore yourself you wouldn't beThe familiar shackles you can't tell from your own skinYour head's under water when you learned to swimOn a road to hell, congratulations, you're free... - Sanhita Baruah
Crossing the ocean even on the Queen Elizabeth 2, you know in your bones, with every mile gained, that you have left your familiar world behind. You feel the full measure of the earth and heavens. - John Phillp Santos
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. - Benjamin Franklin
Nothing is so awesomely unfamiliar as the familiar that discloses itself at the end of a journey. - Cynthia Ozick
Leaving the familiar for unknown terrain is like a death - and feeling this level of finality should snap one back to life for life has greater meaning in the face of death. - Donna Lynn Hope
God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation. - Francis Bacon
Luxuries are never so comfortable as are the familiar, ordinary things of home. - Eucharista Ward
We often take for granted those familiar faces and places, the repetitive nature of something once new, excitement wanes. To capture that early moment and hold onto it for all our days, true bliss. Looking at the old in in a different way, making it new once again. - Jonathan P. Lamas
How wrong we are to ignore our hearts to follow the familiar path. - Nikki Rowe
I don’t know if this happens in all relationships, but I just got so sick of his all too familiar stories. I had heard these stories so many times that I could have recited them myself. - Brenda Perlin
Be still for you may hear the hauntingly familiar song of a mermaid. - Heather McLaren
I realized that I read books not because of the words used but because of the familiar feelings these words help me express. - krisangelagb
And in the end... Not even that old familiar sensation of emptiness. Just a hint of helplessness, a frustration for a lost time from a result prematurely injured and failed. - Irina Sopas
No instance exists of a person's writing two languages perfectly. That will always appear to be his native language which was most familiar to him in his youth. - Thomas Jefferson
I'd the upbringing a nun would envy and that's the truth. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body. - Joe Orton
Habits are familiar and comfortable, putting our reactions on autopilot and often leading us, instead, to great discomfort. - Charles F. Glassman
Cold air clawed at my face, ripping tears from my eyes. I buried my face deep into Daniel's back and breathed in a mixture of familiar scents - almonds, oil paint, earth, and a hint of varnish. I didn't even question why I was on that bike. I just knew I was suppose to be. - Bree Despain
By now, we're all familiar with the literary post-apocalyptic world's metaphors. The zombies are our anxieties. The vampires are our greed. Our fairies are hope. Our werewolves are what again? Something - Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The choice [is} a familiar one; stop making excuses and shift [your] perspective. - Andrea Goeglein
Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again. - Louisa May Alcott
But sadness was familiar; sadness was manageable. It didn't transform her, the way the raging anger did. She could remain herself and still feel this aching grief. - Aprilynne Pike
Do we really want to be rid of our resentments, our anger, our fear? Many of us cling to our fears, doubts, self-loathing or hatred because there is a certain distorted security in familiar pain. It seems safer to embrace what we know than to let go of it for fear of the unknown. ( Book/page 33) - Narcotics Anonymous
He felt, in a way so familiar as to be almost dreary, the chosen victim of the gods, the self-admitted traitor, the one destined for judgment. - Iris Murdoch
So many today want merely to be familiar with Jesus in contrast to being intimate with Him. - John Paul Warren
The Temple-like structure at which our heroes seek answers has an interior environment more like a familiar tavern at which C. S. Lewis would be comfortable or, for that matter, at which Christ would be criticized for associating with sinners. - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Miracles can only inhabit the reality of our awareness when we surrender our need for the familiar to our desire for the limitless. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life. - Ernest Renan
When I work, I'm just translating the world around me in what seems to be straightforward terms. For my readers, this is sometimes a vision that's not familiar. But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear. - Don DeLillo
There is a gap between what we know and what we want to experience. Either, fear will keep us tethered to the familiar or plung us into the sea. The bridge is either God or ourselves, and with each big decision we must choose who we trust the most. - Shannon L. Alder
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. - Aldous Huxley
One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then - Henry David Thoreau
PLAGUE, n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the Immune. The plague as we of to-day have the happiness to know it is merely Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless objectionableness. - Ambrose Bierce
To criticize one's country is to do it a service... Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism--a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation. - J. William Fulbright (Senator)
There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor. - George Santayana
Fuck the weather forecasters and their predictions. With magic, he’d just turned their Doppler radar upside down. (Being Familiar With a Witch) - Sapphire Phelan
The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. - Logan Pearsall Smith
Tell, tell more sounds interesting and little familiar... - Deyth Banger
There is reinforcement in such familiar back-formations as Chinee from Chinese, Portugee from Portuguese. - H.L. Mencken
I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
I am familiar with the phrase, ‘needle in a haystack’ and I think I understand its meaning more than I wish to. - David Sadler
Comfort zone: simply means the routine of one’s daily life it is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. - Roy T. Bennett
The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone. - Roy T. Bennett
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