November 14, 2009

“Familiarity breeds contempt” — The Animal Quotes Edition


“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
       From “The Fox and the Lion” story
       Aesop's Fables


“There is a sense in presidential politics that familiarity breeds contempt. There is a time and a place to pet the pigs and kiss the babies, but that comes a little bit later.” 
       Conservative political strategist Ralph Reed
       Quoted in The National Journal’s “Hotline,” July 27, 1999


“Goats soon learn all there is to know about the other goats in their mutual captivity, becoming progressively bored and more curious about the possibility of other, substantially more interesting goats beyond the fence, or corral — a case of familiarity breeds curiosity.”
       Colorado Rancher J.C. Mattingly
       In The Fence Post blog


“The country seems to have its knickers in a knot about swine flu, while more serious illnesses and health risks seem to go unnoticed...Familiarity breeds contempt — we have become so accustomed to hearing about deaths in traffic accidents, we give the subject little thought unless we are personally affected.”
       Editorial, Desert Valley Times, Oct. 20, 2009

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