Chinese Proverbs 察其友,知其人

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chá qí yǒu, zhī qí rén
察 其 友, 知 其 人

A man is known by the company he keeps.

解释 ( paraphrase )
观察一个人有什么样的朋友,就知道这个人的性格和为人。
这条谚语告诉我们,人与人志趣相投而变成朋友,而且能相互影响。一个人要是有良好的品行,那么他的朋友也同样高尚。如果他品行低劣,那么他的朋友也不会太正直。因此从一个人的朋友就能看出这个人的性格和为人。这里建议我们要结交善友,善于结友。品行好的朋友能使人受益终身,品行差的朋友会让人享乐懒惰。

This proverb tells us people of the same tastes and habits like to be together and influence each other. If one behaves well, his friends are also noble-minded. If a person behaves badly, his friends are not supposed to be honorable. Therefore, a man can be known by the company he keeps.
The proverb advises us to make good friends and right decision. A well-behaved friend can benefit you and an immoral friend will lead you to enjoyment and laziness.

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