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1. The sage asked the spirit of wisdom (2) thus: 'For kings which is the one thing more advantageous, and which the more injurious?'

3. The spirit of wisdom answered (4) thus: 'For kings conversation with the wise and good is the

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one thing more advantageous, (5) and speaking and conversation with slanderers and double-dealers are the more injurious for them.'

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