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The Rules of Love, 3rd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 96

Find friends who love the truth

You’re responsible for your friends, you know. If you’re in with a bad crowd, that’s your choice and it reflects on you. No use pretending you don’t know how you fell in with them, or that you don’t really want to be with them but they’re the only friends you’ve got. It would be better to have no friends at all than to have only friends you’re embarrassed about or ashamed of.

You can’t be a poppy in a field of thistles, a rose among thorns. You’ll turn into a thistle or a thorn yourself. No use pretending that you won’t be influenced by them, or that you’re different. If you’re so different, what are you doing hanging out with them? If you want to be a wonderful scarlet poppy, you have to find a poppyfield ...

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