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COMPANY
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No man in effect doth accompany with others but he learneth, ere he is aware, some gesture, voice, or fashion.
      - Anonymous

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first or 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.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

He who must needs have company, must needs have sometimes bad company.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

No man can possibly improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Take rather than give the tone to the company you are in. If you have parts you will show them more or less upon every subject; and if you have not, you had better talk sillily upon a subject of other people's than of your own choosing.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Be cautious with whom you associate, and never give your company or your confidence to persons of whose good principles you are not certain.
      - William Hart Coleridge

No company is far preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men or women that are greedy of acquaintance, or hasty in it, are oftentimes snared in ill company before they are aware, and entangled so, that they cannot easily get loose from it after, when they would.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

Let them have ever so learned lectures of breeding, that which will most influence their carriage will be the company they converse with, and the fashion of those about them.
      - John Locke (1)

Without good company all dainties
  Lose their true relish, and like painted grapes,
    Are only seen, not tasted.
      - Philip Massinger

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

Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company; and there are a hundred men sufficiently qualified for both who, by a very few faults, that they might correct in half an hour, are not so much as tolerable.
      - Jonathan Swift

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


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