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Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.

Character | Man | Mind |

Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat

The company of a good man is the light of the soul, of an evil man the poison of life.

Character | Evil | Good | Life | Life | Light | Man | Soul |

Paul Chatfield, pseudonym for Horace Smith

As friendship must be founded on mutual esteem, it cannot long exist among the vicious; for we soon find ill company to be like a dog, which dirts those the most whom he loves the best.

Character | Esteem | Friendship |

Euripedes NULL

Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.

Character | Man | Wisdom |

Edwin Paxton Hood

Be as careful of the books you read as the company you keep. Your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.

Books | Character | Will |

James Russell Lowell

A man's mind is known by the company it keeps.

Character | Man | Mind |

Gina Lombroso, fully Gina Elena Zefora Lombroso

Morality is not an imposition removed from life and reason; it is a compendium of the minimum of sacrifices necessary for man to live in company with other men, without suffering too much or causing others to suffer.

Character | Life | Life | Man | Men | Morality | Reason | Suffering |

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Perseverance can lend the appearance of dignity and grandeur to many actions, just as silence in company affords wisdom and apparent intelligence to a stupid person.

Appearance | Character | Dignity | Intelligence | Perseverance | Silence | Wisdom |

Ronald E. Osborn

When the taste is purified, the morals are not easily corrupted. Whatever injures the body, the morals, or the mind, will lessen or vitiate taste; thus, disorders of the body and violent passions of the mind, will do this, and so will also excessive care or covetousness; but above all, a habit of intemperance, and keeping low company will greatly deprave that which was once a good taste.

Body | Care | Character | Good | Habit | Intemperance | Mind | Taste | Will |

Shimon HaTzaddik

For his entire life he was in the company of wise men and Of all the things beneficial to one’s body, silence is the best. [paraphrase]

Body | Character | Life | Life | Men | Silence | Wise |

William Makepeace Thackeray

Frequent the company of your betters.

Character |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.

Difficulty | Little | Wisdom |

Saul Bellow

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.

Love | Men | Wisdom |

Jean de La Bruyère

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.

Conversation | Wisdom |

Tyron Edwards

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.

Books | Power | Wisdom |

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

Philosophy is not opposed to science; it behaves itself as if it were a science, and to a certain extent it makes use of the same methods; but it parts company with science, in that it clings to the illusion that it can produce a complete and coherent picture of the universe, though in fact that picture must needs fall to pieces with every new advance in our knowledge.

Illusion | Knowledge | Philosophy | Science | Universe | Wisdom |