I’ve seen this article It Is Better To Be Alone Than In The Wrong Company on several sites but I haven’t identified the source …
“Tell me who your best friends are and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights. A mirror reflects a mans face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.”
The company you keep will determine largely what you do, how you think and where your life will proceed. In other words, keeping bad company will eventually ruin your life.
Bad company is not hard to spot. For example if your friends smoke, then chances are you will catch on. If they take alcohol or drugs, chances are you will be tempted to give them a try. One try leads to another and it will not be long before you are hooked. Alcoholism, lung diseases, AIDS or a miserable life may in store for you. So for your own wellbeing, it is better to avoid such friends. There is no need to make enemies of them. Just avoid them.
If you mix around with friends who vandalize public property, shop-life, scratch cars or extort money, then it is time to call it quits with them. Such behavior will lead to more serious offences and it is a matter of time when you are on the wrong side of the law. Get out quick before it it too late.
Make friends with good and decent people. keep away from bad company.