संस्कृतम्

जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

दुर्जनेन समं सख्यम्

दुर्जनेन समं सख्यं द्वेषञ्चापि न कारयेत्।
उष्णो दहति चाङ्गारः शीतः कृष्णायते करम्॥
durjanena samaṁ sakhyaṁ dveṣañcāpi na kārayet|
uṣṇo dahati cāṅgāraḥ śītaḥ kṛṣṇāyate karam||

“One must not have any association with a wicked man — friendship or hatred.
When hot, coal burns, [and even] when cold, it blackens the hand!”

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