Though unscrupulous men will seem to consume you in friendship,
Their companionship grows more delightful as it declines.
What does it matter if one gains or loses the friendship
Of manipulators who gainfully befriend and otherwise forsake?
Prostitutes, theives and those who make friends
To make money are all alike.
Loneliness is far better than friendship with men who are like
The untrained horse which throws its rider on the battlefield.
Far better to forfeit than to obtain the friendship
Of inferior men who stay away when they should stay and help.
The enmity of the wise is ten million times
Better than the intimate friendship of fools.
An enemy's enmity is 100 million times more worthwhile
Than the company of companions who always clown around.
If friends feign inability to perform possible tasks,
Remain silent and gradually give up their friendship.
The fellowship of men whose acts
Belie their spoken words is bitter, even in dreams.
There are men who will cherish you at home but censure you
In public-avoid their every befriending approach.
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