It is not only old and early impressions that deceive us; the charms of novelty have the same power.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
Novelty is the great parent of pleasure.
Novelty has charms that our minds can hardly withstand.
There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.
Happiness ain’t a thing in itself – it’s only a contrast with something that ain’t pleasant… And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain’t happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty. Cooked people delight in the ordinary.
Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.
Take advantage of your novelty. You will be esteemed as long as you are new. Novelty pleases everyone because of its variety. Our taste feels refreshed. A brand-new mediocrity is more highly regarded than an extremely talented person to whom we have grown accustomed. When eminences mingle with us they age more quickly. And remember […]
Such is the nature of novelty that where anything pleases it becomes doubly agreeable if new; but if it displeases, it is doubly displeasing on that very account.