A great and priceless thing is a new interest! How it takes possession of a
man! how it clings to him, how it rides him!
- A Tramp Abroad
The invalid who takes a strenuous and indestructible interest in everything and everybody but himself, and to whom a dull moment is an unknown thing and an impossibility, is a formidable adversary for disease and a hard invalid to vanquish.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, 1959
We take a natural interest in novelties, but it is against nature to take an interest in familiar things.
- Following the Equator
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