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📅 Thought for today:

‘Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.’

— Richard Bach

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If you know of the writing of Richard Bach then it is most likely to be his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

I prefer Illusions, a book I first read more than 30 years ago and still occasionally read it.

This quote popped in my head this morning and I was surprised that in over 500 quotes this is the first I’ve used by him.

That will change.

The reason this quote came to mind is that I am searching for a word to describe someone who is not a friend yet is more than an acquaintance. I’m not sure I can define these terms well, so here are some off-the-cuff thoughts.

To me, a friend is someone who is as proactive as I am in maintaining the friendship, we know each other well (details), yet we can be apart for ages and reconnect the moment we meet and pick up where we left off.

An acquaintance is someone I know enough to greet by name and remember something about them – they may not be able to do that with me but will (eventually) remember me.

It feels like we use the word friend to cover a very broad group of people and I’m wondering if there is another way.

Is that right? What comes between the two?

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