What makes us like new acquaintances  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"What makes us like new acquaintances is not so much any weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being more so by those who do not know so much of us" is maxim CLXXIX from Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims, a collection of aphorisms by French writer François de La Rochefoucauld.

Original French:

Ce qui nous fait aimer les nouvelles connaissances n'est pas tant la lassitude que nous avons des vieilles, ou le plaisir de changer, que le dégoût de n'être pas assez admirés de ceux qui nous connaissent trop, et l'espérance de l'être davantage de ceux qui ne nous connaissent pas tant.

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