संस्कृतम्

जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

समानशीलव्यसनेन सख्यम्

मृगा मृगैः सङ्गमनुव्रजन्ति गावश्च गोभिस्तुरङ्गास्तुरङ्गैः।
मूर्खाश्च मूर्खैः सुधियः सुधीभिः समानशीलव्यसनेन सख्यम्॥३०५॥
— मित्रभेदः नाम प्रथमे तन्त्रे चण्डरव नाम शृगाल कथा १०
mṛgā mṛgaiḥ saṅgamanuvrajanti gāvaśca gobhisturaṅgāsturaṅgaiḥ|
mūrkhāśca mūrkhaiḥ sudhiyaḥ sudhībhiḥ samānaśīlavyasanena sakhyam||305||
— mitrabhedaḥ nāma prathame tantre caṇḍarava nāma śṛgāla kathā 10
Deer follow the company of deer, cows follow cows, horses follow horses
Fools follow fools, and wise people go after wise; [good] friendship develops among those who have similar character.

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