“Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.” There are all kind of reasons to be attracted to a fool: the promise of happiness, success, wealth, friendship, fulfillment, health, and prosperity. It’s easy to get sucked in, and there are plenty of people willing to suck you in. But those who associate with fools will become fools themselves. You will become known by the company you keep. So instead you must be discerning from the beginning—not an easy task for a beginner. But the writer wants to save you headache and heartache by sending you in the right direction at the start: If you want to be wise, walk with the wise.

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