A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.William Butler Yeats
- A companion is but another self; wherefore it is an argument that a man is wicked if he keep company with the wicked.
- Clement of Rome
- The original text may be in Greek, unless it is misattributed.
- It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught as men take diseases one of another; therefore, let men take heed of their company.
- 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.
- 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.
- The most agreeable of all companions is a simple, frank man, without any high pretensions to an oppressive greatness; one who loves life, and understands the use of it; obliging alike at all hours; above all, of a golden temper and steadfast as an anchor. For such an one we gladly exchange the greatest genius, the most brilliant wit, the profoundest thinker.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
- The original text may be in German.
- No man can possibly improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint.