NOT open your heart to every man, but discuss your affairs
with one who is wise and who
fears God. Do not keep company with young people and strangers.
Do not fawn upon the rich, and
do not be fond of mingling with the great. Associate with
the humble and the simple, with the
devout and virtuous, and with them speak of edifying things.
Be not intimate with any woman, but
generally commend all good women to God. Seek only the intimacy
of God and of His angels, and
avoid the notice of men.
ought to have charity for all men but familiarity with all
is not expedient. Sometimes it
happens that a person enjoys a good reputation among those
who do not know him, but at the same
time is held in slight regard by those who do. Frequently
we think we are pleasing others by our
presence and we begin rather to displease them by the faults
they find in us.