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Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration.

[Parit enim conversatio contemptum; raritas conciliat admirationem.]

Apuleius (c. 124 - c. 170 AD) Numidian writer, philosopher, rhetorician [Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis]
On the God of Socrates [De Deo Socratis], ch. 4 [tr. Bohn’s (1853)]

Discussing why the gods do not mingle with humanity. Alt. trans.:
  • "Familiarity produces contempt, but infrequency conciliates admiration." [tr. Taylor (1822)]
  • "Familiarity breeds contempt, but privacy gains admiration." [Source]
  • "Familiarity breeds contempt, but concealment excites interest."
The first part of the phrase is also used as the moral in the traditional English translation of Aesop's "The Fox and the Lion."
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The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

Ouida (1839-1908) English novelist [pseud. of Maria Louise Ramé]
Friendship, ch. 11 (1878)
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Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.

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English proverb
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The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman, civil rights leader, orator
“Rediscovering Lost Values,” sermon, Second Baptist Church, Detroit (28 Feb 1954)
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