Ambrose Bierce quote about friendship from The Devil's Dictionary - ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
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ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
 Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1906). copy citation

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Author Ambrose Bierce
Source The Devil's Dictionary
Topic friendship borrowing loan
Date 1906
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/972/972-h/972-h.htm

Context

“In the surprising condition of the Crusader who absently pulled at his forelock some hours after a Saracen scimitar had, unconsciously to him, passed through his neck, as related by de Joinville.
ACHIEVEMENT, n. The death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.
ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.
ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.
ACTUALLY, adv. Perhaps; possibly.
ADAGE, n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth.
ADAMANT, n.” source

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