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Strangers

  • Strangers ... are just your friends that you don't know yet.

  • One can get very fond of the people one meets in bars. The trouble is they then appear sort of different in the daylight and you realize that taking them with you is rather like taking a goldfish for a walk: not entirely correct, and surprising for the next people you run into.

  • Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.

  • There is nothing more frightening than the faces of people whom one does not know but who seem to know one, and be amused by one.

  • Strangers are an endangered species ...

    • Adrienne Rich,
    • "The Spirit of Place," A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far ()
  • It is as Gertrude used to say unfamiliarity that breeds contempt.

    • Alice B. Toklas,
    • 1949, in Edward Burns, ed,. Staying On Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas ()
  • A foreigner is a friend I have yet to meet.

    • Pearl S. Buck,
    • in Pearl S. Buck and Carlos P. Romulo, Friend to Friend ()
  • ... fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

  • We all marry strangers. All men are strangers to all women.

  • But, Christ, there's a difference between exotic and foreign, isn't there? Exotic means you know how to use your foreignness, or you make yourself a little foreign in order to appear exotic. Real foreign is a little scary, believe me.

    • Bharati Mukherjee,
    • "Fighting for the Rebound," The Middleman and Other Stories ()
  • As you grow older, you'll find that you enjoy talking to strangers far more than to your friends.

  • What are perfect strangers? Do they have perfect hair? Do they dress perfectly?