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Mohism -> Mozi -> Book 1 -> On Dyeing -> 7

Not only states but also individuals are subject to influences.
If one has for friends none but those who Iove magnanimity and righteousness
and who are careful and respectful
of course one's family will become more prosperous, one's person more at peace, and one's name more honorable every day;
and, as an official, one will be properly qualified.
段干木禽子傅说Examples of such are Duan Gan Mu, Qinzi, and Fu Yue.
(On the contrary) if one has for friends none but those who are proud and quarrelsome
and who pretend to be intimate,
naturally one's family will be reduced to straits, one's person will be more in danger, and one's name more dishonourable every day
and one will not be qualified for office.
子西易牙1And, examples of such are Zi Xi, Yi Ya, and Shu Diao.
An Ode says:
。” "One must choose what to be tinged with."
To be careful about what one is to be tinged with
is just the theme of this (essay).

1. 刀 : Originally read: "刁". Corrected by 孙诒让《墨子闲诂》


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