Go out in search for those in whom you
find the capacity to censure you and if necessary make you weep without flinching when you
go wrong, and of leading you into the good path; make friendship with such men.
Misfortune has its use in that it serves as
a yard stick for you to spread out and measure the constancy of friends and relatives.
'Spread out,' so that the defect if any in
the cloth or the friend may be disclosed.
Do not entertain thoughts, which must lead
to the shrinking of enthusiasm. Do not take friends who instead of giving you strength
weaken you in difficult situations.
It is a gain by itself if one gets away
from the friendship of fools.