a man is judged by the company he keeps

a man is judged by the company he keeps

proverb A person tends to be very similar in attitude, character, ability, or personality to the people with whom they associate or spend time. I'm not surprised he turned out to be so conniving and disloyal—just look at the degenerates he hangs around with. A man is judged by the company he keeps. If a man is judged by the company he keeps, then it is fair to say that this young director has a bright future ahead indeed.
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