„The company of good men is like enjoying sweet honey. The company of evil men is like the stinking stuff in the sewer.“

—  Sarvajna

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Kannada poet, pragmatist and philosopher

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Contexto: There came one who spoke of the shame of Jerusalem
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—  Francois Rabelais, livro Gargantua and Pantagruel

En toutes compagnies il y a plus de folz que de sages, et la plus grande partie surmonte tousjours la meilleure.
Chapter 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=wfRKAQAAIAAJ&q=%22En+toutes+compagnies+il+y+a+plus+de+folz+que+de+sages+et+la+plus+grande+partie+surmonte+tousjours+la+meilleure%22&pg=PA285#v=onepage.
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