A man should be chosen after passing the four-fold test
Of virtue, wealth, pleasure and fear of death.
Place trust in a man of good family, free from faults
Of a modest nature that dreads reproach.
Even faultless and deeply learned men, when closely examined,
Are rarely found to be entirely free from ignorance.
Weigh a man's merits and weigh his faults
Then judge him according to the greater.
The touchstone which discloses a man's greatness
Or smallness is simply this-his deeds.
Beware of trusting men who have no kin,
Being attached to people, they are unashamed of peccancy.
When one employs a know-nothing out of affection,
He engages all kinds of foolishness.
To trust a stranger without investigation
Invite troubles so endless even descendants must endure.
Lacking investigation, lend your trust to no one. Having investigated
Entrust a man with matters for which he has proven trustworthy.
To trust a man who has not been tested and to suspect a man
Who has proven trustworthy lead to endless ills.
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