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With friends like that . . .

“When glory and good luck befriend a man,
Disasters and misfortunes keep away.
Friends come as uninvited parasites,
And even supposed guardians act as pimps.
He farts and people take it as a song,
While any smell he makes is sweet perfume.”

The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

Published inLit & Crit

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