Acquaintance Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old acquaintance quotes, acquaintance sayings, and acquaintance proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Acquaintances are always abundant; friends are always scarce!     

Mehmet Murat Ildan

A new acquaintance is like a new book. I prefer it, even if bad, to a classic.     

Benjamin Disraeli

We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.     

Logan Pearsall Smith

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.     

Oscar Wilde

Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.     

Ambrose Bierce

In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.     

Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

The difference between a friend and an acquaintance is that a friend helps; an acquaintance merely advises.     

Bob Edwards

Acquaintances represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are.     

Malcolm Gladwell

After an acquaintance of ten minutes many women will exchange confidences that a man would not reveal to a lifelong friend.     

Page Smith

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.     

Samuel Johnson

Acquaintance softens prejudice.     

Aesop

Intimate acquaintance must precede real friendship.     

Anne Bronte

Acquaintance lessens fame.     

Claudius

A long novitiate of acquaintance should precede the vows of friendship.     

Henry Bolingbroke

When you're rich, you don't have friends; you just have endless acquaintances.     

Robert A. Heinlein

Acquaintances we meet, enjoy, and can easily leave behind; but friendship grows deep roots.     

H. Jackson Brown Jr

The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.     

Logan Pearsall Smith

Acquaintance is a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor and obscure, and intimate when he is rich and famous.     

Ambrose Bierce

We may have many acquaintances, but we can have but few friends; this made Aristotle say that he that hath many friends hath none.     

Samuel Johnson

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.     

George Washington

We shall say that we have acquaintance with anything of which we are directly aware, without the intermediary of any process of inference of any knowledge of truths.     

Bertrand Russell

It is easy to make acquaintances, but very difficult to shake them off, however irksome and unprofitable they are found, after we have once committed ourselves to them.     

George Washington

It is expedient to have an acquaintance with those who have looked into the world; who know men, understand business, and can give you good intelligence and good advice when they are wanted.     

Thomas Hartwell Horne

An acquaintance had become a lover, might become a husband, but would retain all that she had noted in the acquaintance; and love must confirm an old relation rather than reveal a new one.     

E M Forster

An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.     

E.A. Bucchianeri

There is a wide difference between general acquaintance and companionship. You may salute a man and exchange compliments with him daily, yet know nothing of his character, his inmost tastes arid feelings.     

William Matthews

Chance acquaintances are sometimes the most memorable, for brief friendships have such definite starting and stopping points that they take on a quality of art, of a whole thing, which cannot be broken or spoiled.     

William Saroyan

It's very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren't by any means always welcome, but at least one can't be mistaken as to who or what they are.     

Penelope Fitzgerald

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.     

Confucius

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.     

Ambrose Bierce

It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.     

James Prescott Joule

People are already disappointed by their acquaintances, they can not handle anymore hate from strangers, so show some instantaneous kindness and forgiveness to them.     

Amit Kalantri

A child without an acquaintance of some kind with a classic of literature … suffers from that impoverishment for the rest of his life. No later intimacy is like that of the first.     

Lizette Woodworth Reese