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A man is known by the company he keeps

The companions of a man indicate his character. As a social being, a man needs people with whom he can mix and converse freely, exchanging thoughts and ideas, hopes and fears. But a person whose tastes and inclinations are different from ours cannot give us the delight which we expect from friends. So a man naturally seeks the society of those who are like himself in their taste and inclination. We can, therefore, very easily say to what sorta man is from the nature and character of his friends. Moreover, friends exert a great influence on our character. If we mix with the bad, we shall get their bad habits and gradually become bad ourselves. If, on the other hand, we mix with the good and the noble, it will ennoble us too. Our character can thus be judged from that of our companions. Therefore, we should be good and noble in life, we should carefully avoid the evil company. When we may be taking to evil ways, a true companion will try his best to correct us. Thus it is well said that a man is known by the company he keeps.

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All that glitters are not gold

A thing cannot become as precious as gold only by way of glittering. People, in general, are charmed and attracted by the outward show of things and not by their own merits. Gold is a bright precious metal and its value is recognized by all. Nevertheless, there are many metals cheaper than gold but look like it. They glitter for some time and fade in the course of time. They fascinate our eyes too. But their beauty and glamour do not last long. But gold is such a metal that it can stand the wear and tear of time and shine till the last moment of its existence. In our society, there are so many people who are outwardly very gentle and nice. But after a period of time, their real identity is revealed. They do not have intrinsic value and morality. A genuine thing always remains the same and never be showy. So all that glitters is not gold.

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A friend in need is a friend indeed

It is necessary for man to distinguish between the friends who are true and who are not. Man needs friends to exchange his views and thoughts, hopes and desires sorrows and joys. So he mixes with others. But the persons with whom he develops intimacy and shares the feelings are not always real friends. When he has wealth and power, many people gather around him to praise and flatter. They are quite anxious about pleasing him. They do all these things with a motive of satisfying their self-interest. Man also thinks them to be real friends and help them. But whenever these days of prosperity are gone and he is in trouble, they desert him altogether. These fair-weather friends leave him alone. They no more stand by him in his evil days. They cannot be true friends, because a true friendship is he who is with him through thick and thin and becomes helpful in need. The test of real friends comes only in misfortune.

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All is well that ends well

No work or performance can be judged properly by what it looks like at the beginning or in the middle because what looks well or promising at the primary stage may turn out to be unsatisfactory in the end. It is equally impossible to know how a chain of events will conclude. Certain events occur well in the initial period but lead ultimately to a disaster. So a thing or event can be known for what it actually is when the end comes. The result is a really important factor, and a thing can be claimed to be good or bad only after proper consideration of its results. Thus, it is only how things end that determines their value.

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A stitch in time saves nine

A small rent in a piece of cloth can quite easily be mended if it is attended to at the time when it is small. But if the proper moment is allowed to pass away by thinking that the rent is an insignificant thing, its mending will call for a good deal of labour. Again, the rent may become bigger and bigger with the passage of time and eventually go beyond the scope of repair, with the result that the piece of cloth turns out unfit for use. Such is the case with all evils. All evils can be easily removed by a little timely care. But if they are allowed to take their own course, they will get harder and harder to cope with and may even lead to total damage. Thus, one cannot do better than attending to a problem just when it begins to develop.

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