— George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633
„Once when Bion was at sea in the company of some wicked men, he fell into the hands of pirates; and when the rest said, "We are undone if we are known," – "But I," said he, "am undone if we are not known."“
— Bion of Borysthenes ancient greek philosopher -325 - -246 v.Chr
As quoted by Diogenes Laërtius, iv. 50.
„Once when Bion was at sea in the company of some wicked men, he fell into the hands of pirates; and when the rest said, "We are undone if we are known,"—"But I," said he, "am undone if we are not known."“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
„The company of good men is like enjoying sweet honey. The company of evil men is like the stinking stuff in the sewer.“
— Sarvajna Kannada poet, pragmatist and philosopher
„2763. Avoid Men that are Hot and Quarrelsome; they will affront thee for nothing, and urge Things beyond Reason and Measure. They will bring thee into Troubles, which thou wilt not easily get out of. Keeping Company with such is living with Wolves, Bears, and Tygers.“
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
„Visson has said, "Today's profits are yesterday's good will ripened," and though friendship is no basis for Business yet Business is an excellent basis for lasting friendship. To cement this friendship the Businessman recalls the fact that the memory of quality remains long after the price is forgotten, and keeps Buskin's dictum in mind that there is nothing in this world that cannot be made a little worse and sold a little cheaper. While it is equally true that men will make a beaten path to your door to acquire a better quality article even if it be a mouse trap. Nevertheless, a man is known by the Company he floats, or the Secretaries he employs, though the latter fluctuate more than the market, especially if of the gentler sex!“
— Peter de Noronha Indian businessman 1897 - 1970
„Men who have a tempestuous inner life and do not seek to give vent to it by talking or writing are simply men who have no tempestuous inner life.
Give company to a lonely man and he will talk more than anyone.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
„They have told ghost stories to courage until courage became fear. They have done all in their power to keep men from growing intellectually, to keep the world in a state of childhood, that they themselves might be deemed great and good and wise. They have always known that their reputation for wisdom depended upon the ignorance of the people.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: The inventor of paper—and he was not a Christian—did more than all the early fathers for mankind. The inventors of plows, of sickles, of cradles, of reapers; the inventors of wagons, coaches, locomotives; the inventors of skiffs, sail-vessels, steamships; the men who have made looms—in short, the inventors of all useful things—they are the civilizers taken in connection with the great thinkers, the poets, the musicians, the actors, the painters, the sculptors. The men who have invented the useful, and the men who have made the useful beautiful, are the real civilizers of mankind. The priests, in all ages, have been hindrances—stumbling-blocks. They have prevented man from using his reason. They have told ghost stories to courage until courage became fear. They have done all in their power to keep men from growing intellectually, to keep the world in a state of childhood, that they themselves might be deemed great and good and wise. They have always known that their reputation for wisdom depended upon the ignorance of the people.
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
The Innocence of Father Brown (1911) The Flying Stars
„Let us have Men, Men who will say a word to their souls and keep it — keep it not when it is easy, but keep it when it is hard“
— Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Context: Let us have Men, Men who will say a word to their souls and keep it — keep it not when it is easy, but keep it when it is hard — keep it when the storm roars and there is a white-streaked sky and blue thunder before, and one's eyes are blinded and one's ears deafened with the war of opposing things; and keep it under the long leaden sky and the gray dreariness that never lifts. Hold unto the last: that is what it means to have a Dominant Idea, which Circumstance cannot break. And such men make and unmake Circumstance.
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
Dangling Man (1944) [Penguin Classics, 1996, ], p. 84
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 v.Chr
Ægeus, Frag. 7