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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Sick Stag

A Sick Stag lay down in a quiet corner of its pasture-ground. His
companions came in great numbers to inquire after his health,
and each one helped himself to a share of the food which had
been placed for his use; so that he died, not from his sickness,
but from the failure of the means of living.

Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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