Those who ponder the value of friends whose wisdom and goodness
Are mature, will plan the means, then acquire such friendships.
There are men who allay today's trials and avert tomorrow's troubles.
Befriend and look after them.
To cherish and befriend men of greatness
Is the rarest of all rare things.
To live among advising friends who are greater than himself
Is foremost among a man's strength.
that ministers function as a monarch's eyes,
A king looks at ministers meticulously before engaging them.
A man's foes are rendered ineffective
If he can live in fellowship among the worthy.
Who can destroy the man who has the friendship
Of helpful advisors who will not hesitate to admonish him?
With no one to reprove and thus protect him,
A king will be destroyed, though no one seeks his destruction.
Profit is not for those who have no capital, nor is stability
For those who lack the support of faithful friends.
It is harmful to make a multitude of foes, but it is ten times worse
To give up the friendship of the worthy.
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