C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Make few acquaintances.
Acquaintance softens prejudice.
Slight acquaintance breeds distrust.
A long novitiate of acquaintance should precede the vows of friendship.
It is good discretion not to make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days of auld lang syne?
If a man does not make new acquaintances, as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair.
Make the most of the day, by determining to spend it on two sorts of acquaintances onlythose by whom something may be got, and those from whom something may be learned.
8 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 and feelings.