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I 'd Rather Have A Few Close Friends Than Many Acquaintances

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    I've met a lot of people in my life,

    but only stayed connected with the ones that mean something to me. I don't want to have a lot of people I call friends that I barely know just to show off. I like having the few trusting and loving friends I do now.
    Mordecur Mordecur 18-21, M 2 Responses May 24, 2015

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    Less friends less bull.

    **** to deal with.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 6, 2015

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    I find that when my social circle consists of

    mostly acquaintances I find myself feeling lonely either after our interaction or even during our conversations just because I know they will only stay acquaintances and it will not evolve into a true friendship. When I know I have a true friend I know I can call them any time...
    ccxc910 ccxc910 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 19, 2014

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    Unity Of Friendship

    "A true friend is one soul in two bodies." Aristotle I have found such a friend, and the value of that friendship cannot be measured or priced. It is the rarest of all gems.
    GJOFJ3 GJOFJ3 56-60, M Nov 18, 2013

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    I suppose I would rather get to know 2 people

    really well, than half assed know 12 people.
    QueenVen QueenVen 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    Although my mom has always worried about me

    having just a bunch of friends. The thing is, my personality is very complicated 90% honesty 9%sarcastic 1%sweet. And that creates two paths: to hate me or to love me. MOST people will think I am arrogant, mean, and bitchy. The people who stay by me can actually argue that is...
    TheDarkSidedGirl TheDarkSidedGirl 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 4

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    Close friends are the best gift in life.

    They make you laugh when things are bad and they are always there for you. That is way better then an acquaintance b
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 13, 2015

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    OK I have talked to a lot of people.

    ..on line or in "real life," that fit into the category of acquaintances. I have only a few people in my life right now that I can actually call friends. It's not easy to find someone that you trust enough to totally open up to, so just having acquaintances is much easier. You...
    RubyLane RubyLane 46-50, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2015

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    I'm proud to say my group of friends is very

    small. I only keep close friends, people I can trust who care about me in my life.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 21, 2015

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    My friends in my mind are arranged in a pyramid.

    .. At it's Pinnacle is the special she of my days.... (I am looking for her) From there are my closet friends and so on... If you really are my friend we will converse...
    BlackBlueBrotha BlackBlueBrotha 41-45, M 2 Responses May 23, 2015

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    Weisst Du noch Damals im Sommer Ich hatte keine

    Lust mit Dir zu sprechen Aber Du hast nicht locker gelassen Heute bin ich froh darueber dass wir uns kennen Auch wenn wir nicht viel Zeit verbringen Geniesse ich die kleinen Momente Und die Erinnerungen Denn das wird alles sein was uns am Ende bleibt
    Eir89 Eir89 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 26, 2015

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    I feel like it is better to have a few strong

    bonds than many weaker bonds with people. I get emotionally drained after spending time with a lot of people and I like getting to know what actually makes someone who they are haha then at just know a gazillion people's names. I am much more a small party/get together with...
    EurydiceKallos EurydiceKallos 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 4, 2015

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    Yes I have come to the conclusion I enjoy

    quality company. I'm not here to follow the crowd or become famous. I just want to take my life one day at a time. I don't lust for money or material things. I am satisfied with just taking my time and living life in the moment. I have hobbies I enjoy but most of all I enjoy...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 27, 2014

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    When it comes to friends

    for me it has always been "less is more". There have been periods in my life where I became friends with people that were "popular" and constantly had people around them. It always just seemed like too much work to me...especially if they weren't someone I felt any kind of...
    RememberTomorrow RememberTomorrow 31-35, M Dec 21, 2015

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    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 16, 2015

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    I think I inherited this trait from my parents

    because neither one of them have many close friends. Most of the people my mother are close to are relatives. Because my Dad worked as a public servant, he knew a lot of people, but had very few close friends. A close friend to me would be more like a confidant. Someone who I...
    Solitaireman Solitaireman 56-60, M 1 Response Sep 17, 2015

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    learned this lesson the hard way!

    it's amazing how people have no problem being your "friend" when they need something from you. but as soon as you no longer let them walk all over you, they walk away. on the bright side, who needs people like that in life?
    calgarysc calgarysc 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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    I have only a few friends

    but we consider eachother family
    Lokisvixen Lokisvixen 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20, 2015

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    I miss the times of having real internet friends

    that you talk to on semi regular basis. For whatever reason, people just disappear from here. No good byes. It is what it is and you just have to accept it and make new friends.
    Harleyman050 Harleyman050 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 3, 2015

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    It's taken me many years to realise this.

    The group of friends I have had over the last 5 - 8 years are the ones that I hope will be with me for life. They are GOLD. I've stopped wasting my time on people that I don't particularly like and I've culled a few toxic people as well. Life is too short to drink bad wine...
    Tobeme64 Tobeme64 51-55, M 4 Responses Sep 3, 2014

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    *Edited* Standing on my back deck,

    coffee in one hand , a lit cigarette in the other, watched as the sun disappeared into the edge of my back yard. The sounds of crickets and tree frogs starting to sing, lighting bugs were becoming visible, and I was alone. so very very alone. but it didn’t feel alone really...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses May 27, 2014

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    Because in the end, fake friends never notice

    your tears, agony and pain. They're the ones who will leave during your arduous situation/s. Having monumental amount of friends is like collecting dust that quickly fades away in a blink of an eye.
    Violetblossoms Violetblossoms 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 22, 2015

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    This has been a very up,

    down year for me.I have lost everything i own,but through trials & tribulations God gave me all i need & as one door closed ,another one opened.All that happened to me made me a better person,more open to help hurting people if i can.I will help or give you a shoulder to cry on...
    brendaemery brendaemery 66-70, F 2 Responses Sep 7, 2015

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    My back is killing me

    and I can't sleep!!
    Elwood1981 Elwood1981 31-35, M 5 Responses Aug 19, 2015

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    As the New Year approaches,

    it's time to let go of the negativity to make room for more positive things in my life. There are plenty of people who claim to be a friend, want to talk but yet never reach out or just don't respond. I rather save my energy and effort for those select few who make the time for...
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30 22-25, F Dec 28, 2014

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    This is true in my every day life

    and I am now realizing this goes for EP. My previous account was deleted in which I had over 2000 friends. I truly only knew a handful of them. This time around I am really looking to only add friends I chat with and get to build a friendship with. I want a few close people not...
    lovelychickadee lovelychickadee 36-40, F 16 Responses Jun 22, 2015

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    You can't talk to an acquaintance the way you

    can a close friend. I only have my boyfriend, and a girl I've known since grade eight. She ****** me off a lot, and she's an idiot that's love obsessed with me, but I don't know what I would do without her. I don't know where I would be without my boyfriend. I don't need anymore...
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 2 Responses May 14, 2015

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    this is so true. I have a best friend

    and she is so amazing she has truly shown me what true friends are. Her husband was tragically killed in an accident last January and left her with a 2 month old daughter, who is the sunshine in my life. well my friend being a widow has never once asked for pity but has...
    mya1984 mya1984 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2015

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    I have a ton of acquaintances.

    I like them all, but there is a tight knit that I consider my true lifelong friends. We don't have to see each other every day, but when we do see each other, we pick up right where we left off. They are a core group I would drop whatever I'm doing and be by their side if...
    TW8NY TW8NY 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 17, 2015

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    "Lots of people want to ride with you in the

    limo. But what you want in your life is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Ophrah Winfrey
    KaleidoscopeMoment KaleidoscopeMoment 36-40, F 5 Responses Jan 20, 2015

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    My daughter met her friend

    after 9 years.How nice it would be to meet a friend after so long.
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    I'm not going to try to be someone I'm not just

    for the sake of fitting in or wanting to be popular. I did that back in high school and all of the 'friends' I had then, are now gone.
    BlueJinx BlueJinx 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2015

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    I've never understood how people claim to have

    hundreds of friends. I think you can know a lot of people and be friendly with them but how many of those people do they really know? Maybe I'm lazy, or I'm just fortunate to have found a few people who I actually find interesting and want to engage with. I would say that I...
    Tigertail807 Tigertail807 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 27, 2015

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    'Best friends' means more

    than just a title to me. But I think it doesn't for you.
    veexarvlo veexarvlo 16-17, F Sep 17, 2015

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    lildiva89 lildiva89 26-30, F 7 Responses Jun 4, 2015

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    I have seen some profiles here,

    where people have thousands of friends, and I don't see the sense in that. I would rather have a small circle of friends, to chat with, but yet be able to get to know this person, and have meaningful conversations. With thousands of people or even hundreds in the circle there is...
    strafer008 strafer008 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 23, 2014

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    tnt2015 tnt2015 31-35, F 2 Responses May 20, 2015

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    a lot have offered me their company.

    . a lot have tried to mke friends.. a lot have i listened to.. and a lot have asked me to trust them.. it is hard for me to lean on fragile branches when they're obviously showing how fragile their friendships are.. a friend told me, being a friend to me is a lot of work..it is...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 3 Responses Apr 2, 2015

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    Some people claim to have hundreds of friends

    but my view is you can know a lot of people but say they are acquaintances. As for me I have a few close friends and the same here on EP and we do keep in touch. If I had hundreds of friends I'd be on here 24/7 trying to keep in contact with them :)
    misterslip misterslip 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 27, 2015

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    ... but I feel like I have none.

    I don't like being surrounded by a lot of people, so I don't regret not having many acquaintances at all. But sometimes I am a little sad about not having real friends. Everyone I talk to and get close with sort of moves on on me, we drift apart and never get close again. Don't...
    ListenerTalker ListenerTalker 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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    I am acquainted with (almost) my whole school.

    Have 0 real friends. Some day....( or just wait to get out of high school)
    Cosmic0Potato Cosmic0Potato 13-15, M 6 Responses Jun 22, 2015

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    I can count on two hands the number of close

    friends that I have. They may be few in number, but they are precious in ways that make me smile....and inspire my UNQUESTIONABLE loyalty.
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 29, 2014

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    Who was that calling me at 10:00?

    Telling me she was twenty one andjust a girl who saw me and roomieMove in a month ago down the block.Okay mystery woman I'll stayhere on the phone just to playlike I'm being sociable and sayI'm not one who seeks a dateAnd by three when I fell asleepmy fate by then already sealed...
    Actactualaredy Actactualaredy 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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    One close friend outweighs any number of

    acquaintances, honestly.
    Darkoceans11 Darkoceans11 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 1, 2015

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    Im honest:- I do get attached,

    even online :). it doesn't matter to me where in the world you are, what you are or who you are - Its your character that had me keep coming back and talking to you. If you find me too intense, not slutty enough, not able to verbalise enough, too insecure- Im sorry, Im me with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 16, 2014

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