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A real friend

Suppose you find a person

      who can see your faults,

A wise person

      who rebukes you –  

You should associate

      with such a person,

For it is better,

      not worse,

      to be with him,

That one who

      as if reports

      hidden treasure.


He would exhort,

      he would instruct,

He would restrain you

     from discourteous practice,

Such a person is

      beloved of the good,

      but reviled by the bad.

Do not associate with

     a bad friend,

      a despicable person,

One should instead

      associate with

A good friend,

     the best of people.

Dhp 76-78

December 1, 2019

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