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It is expedient to have an acquaintance with those who have looked into the world; who know men, understand business, and can give you good intelligence and good advice when they are wanted.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

If men wish to be held in esteem, they must associate with those only who are estimable.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

There are like to be short graces where the devil plays host.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

We encourage one another in mediocrity.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them, and which, if you do otherwise, emit what is unpleasant and noxious, so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsatisfactory and unsafe.
      - Walter Savage Landor

What is companionship where nothing that improves the intellect is communicated, and where the larger heart contracts itself to the model and dimension of the smaller?
      - Walter Savage Landor

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.
      - Latin Quotations

He who comes from the kitchen, smells of its smoke; and he who adheres to a sect, has something of its cant; the college air pursues the student; and dry inhumanity him who herds with literary pedants.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

You may depend upon it that be is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.
      - Old Latin Saying

It is a true proverb that if you live with a lame man you will learn to halt.
      - Plutarch

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the worst there.
      - Francis Quarles

Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.
      - William Shakespeare

For my own part, I shall be glad to learn of noble men.
      - William Shakespeare

It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take disease, one of another; therefore let men take heed of their company.
      - William Shakespeare

It is meet that noble minds keep over with their likes; for who so firm, that cannot be seduced?
      - William Shakespeare

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.
      - Solomon

No man can be provident of his time who is not prudent in the choice of his company.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Frequent the company of your betters.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

I set it down as a maxim, that it is good for a man to live where he can meet his betters, intellectual and social.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Might I give counsel to any young hearer, I would say to him try to frequent the company of your betters. In books and life is the most wholesome society; learn to admire rightly; the great pleasure of life is that. Note what the great men admire,--they admired great things; narrow spirits ad mire basely, and worship meanly.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

A companion that feasts the company with and mirth, and leaves out the sin which is usually mixed with them, he is the man; and let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
      - Izaak Walton

The company in which you will improve most will be least expensive to you.
      - George Washington

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