C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.


All objects lose by too familiar a view.


Familiarity and satiety are twins.

Mme. Deluzy.

Make not thy friends too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.


The confidant of my vices is my master, though he were my valet.


Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, fades in his eyes, and palls upon the sense.


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


A woman who throws herself at a man’s head will soon find her place at his feet.

Louis Desnoyers.

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


Familiarity is the most destructive of all iconoclasts.

Mme. de Genlis.

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


Familiarities are the aphides that imperceptibly suck out the juice intended for the germ of love.


Be not too familiar with thy servants; at first it may beget love, but in the end it will breed contempt.


Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.

La Rochefoucauld.

Familiarity so dulls the edge of perception as to make us least acquainted with things forming part of our daily life.

Julia Ward Howe.

The living together for three long, rainy days in the country has done more to dispel love than all the perfidies in love that have ever been committed.

Arthur Helps.

An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman.


A man does not wonder at what he sees frequently, even though he be ignorant of the reason. If anything happens which he has not seen before, he calls it a prodigy.


  • The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
  • And proves by thumps upon your back
  • How he esteems your merit,
  • Is such a friend that one had need
  • Be very much his friend indeed
  • To pardon or to bear it.
  • Cowper.