The hypocrite's flattering friendship pleases more As it wanes than as it grows. What matters if one gain or lose that unsettling friendship Which sticks and ends at will? Those who weigh friendship for gain Are no different from whores and frauds. Better to be alone than befriend those, Who, like a broken horse, throw you down. Better to forfeit than seek the friendship of the base Who betray at need. A wise man's enmity is a million of times better Than a fool's fast friendship. Ten million times better the enmity of foes Than the friendship of jesters and fools. Drop silently the friends who pose And won't help when they can. Friends whose words differ from their deeds Distress even in dreams. Keep them far off who are friends at home And foes in public.