Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. (George Washington, 1st president of the United States)
We were created to be social people. God said that it was not good for man to be alone, so He provided a wife for Adam. Ever since, mankind has enjoyed close relationships, some more intimate than others. As Washington, points out, however, we must be on guard about associations with those whose character and intentions are not for our benefit.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold (Proverbs 22:1).