One’s acquaintances may
fill the world, but one’s true friends can be but few.
— Chinese proverb
A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend
loves the man himself.
— James Boswell
Let your best be for your friend . . .
— Kahil Gibran
Drunks do not have friends, but accomplices.
— Mason Cooley
There are plenty of acquaintances in the world, but
very few real friends.
— Chinese Friendship
Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport.
The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just
— Jay Leno
My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet.
She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.
— Dame Edna Everage
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
— Thomas Fuller
Don't pity the girl with one true friend. Envy her. Pity the girl with
just a thousand acquaintances.
— Author Unknown
I may be wrong, but I have never found deserting friends conciliates enemies.
— Margot Asquith
Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to
borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
— Ambrose Bierce
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of
interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from
which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
— François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-80), French writer, moralist
It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought
into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and
whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
I have had, and may have still, a thousand friends, as they are called, in life, who
are like one's partners in the waltz of this world — not much remembered when the ball is over.
— Lord Byron
It's important to know the difference between acquaintances and friends.
ACQUAINTANCES ARE LIKE MACK TRUCKS — cumbersome, dull, and low maintenance. They
lose much of their warmth and appeal soon after you first encounter them. FRIENDS ARE
LIKE FERRARIS — sleek, exciting, and high maintenance. Provided you look after them, they keep
their warmth and appeal forever.
— from Life's Secret Handbook for Having Great Friends by Ernie Zelinski
(best-selling author and creator of many websites such as Retirement Quotes Cafe.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good
characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his
— Oscar Wilde
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who
will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
— Oprah Winfrey
You can always tell a real friend: When you make a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel
you've done a permanent job.
— Laurence Peter
A brother is not always a friend, but a friend is always a brother.
— Unknown wise person
It pays to know who your friends are but it also pays to know you ain't got any
friends [just acquaintances].
— Bob Dylan
Parents [and acquaintances] start you off on life but friends get you through
— Dee Chou
It is better to be in chains with friends, than to be in a garden with strangers [or
— Persian proverb
The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a
friend worth dying for.
— Henry Home
The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a
— Logan Pearsall Smith
Your friends will know you better in the first minute
you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
— Richard Bach