The Choice of Companion

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The Choice of Companion

By William Makepeace Thackray

A good companion is better than a fortune, for a fortune cannot purchase those elements of character which make companionship a blessing. The best companion is one who is wiser  and  better than ourselves, for we are inspired  by  his wisdom  and  virtue to nobler deeds.

“Keep good company, and  you shall be one of the number,” said George Herbert. “A man is known  by  the companion he keeps. ” Character makes character in the associations of life faster than anything else. Purity begets purity, like begets like;  and  this fact makes the choice of companion in early life more important even than that of teachers  and  guardians.

It is true that we cannot always choose all of our friends, some are thrust upon us  by  business or the social relations of life, we do not choose them, we do not enjoy them;  and  yet, we have to associate with them more or less. The experience is not altogether without compensation, if there be principle enough in us to bear the strain. Still, in the main, choice of companions can be made,  and  must be made. It is not best or necessary for a young person to associate with “Tom, Dick,  and  Harry” without forethought or purpose. Some fixed rules about the company he or she keeps must be observed. The subject should be uttermost in the thoughts,  and  canvassed often.

Companionship is education, good or not; it develops manhood or womanhood, high or low; it lifts the soul upward or drags it downward; it ministers to virtue or vice. Sow virtue,  and  the harvest will be virtue. Sow vice,  and  the harvest will be vice. Good companionships help us to sow virtue;evil companionships help us to sow vice.

The Choice of Companion

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It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

One day, a young college student was walking with his professor. The professor was very kind. The young student beside him was his student but also his friend. While walking, they saw an old pair of shoes on the side of the road.

It turned out that there was a man who left his shoes there before working in the fields, and every day when he finished work, he would come back to retrieve his things. It was almost time for that man to get off work.

The young student suddenly told the professor that they should play a joke on the poor man. He proposed to hide the shoes and see how the owner of the shoes would react when he could not find them.

The student decided to do as the professor said, and then they hid behind the woods to see how the poor man would react. Soon the poor man was off work, and he returned to the roadside to find his things.

He put his foot into the first shoe as he put on his clothes. Immediately he felt something in the shoe, and when he bent over, he saw a silver coin inside the shoe. With a look of astonishment on his face, he turned the silver coin over and over again, looked at it and looked at it again, and looked left and right at the same time, to see if anyone was playing a prank. But finding no one around, he put the silver coin in his pocket.

He continued to wear another shoe, and unexpectedly found another silver coin. For the second time, a surprised expression appeared on his face. In addition to being happy, he immediately knelt down and prayed thanks.

He prayed out loud, thanking God for knowing that his wife was sick and there was no food at home, and he thanked God even more for letting him survive through the hands of unknown people.

After the man left, the young student stood beside the professor, and was moved to tears.

It is More Blessed to Give than to Receive

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