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I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

People are know by the company they keep. Companies are known by the people they keep.

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Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.


A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.

John Gay (1685-1732) English poet and dramatist.

A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one, they show one another off to the best advantage.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

Man loves company, even if it is only that of a smoldering candle.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Company, villainous company, hath been the spoil of me.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.