“He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.”
It is generally agreed that Benjamin Franklin was not literally talking about dogs and fleas. At least I hope he wasn’t. Our dog often sleeps in our bed. So far, we don’t have fleas, but that may be because we treat our dog (and cat) with regular monthly doses of Frontline Plus flea and tick control, which didn’t exist in Ben Franklin’s day.But I digress. Ben Franklin’s quote is actually a metaphor meaning that one should be cautious about the company he or she keeps.
And this makes me wonder if the people who work with or for Donald Trump understand that one day they, too, will be known by the company they keep. For those who associate with someone with a bad reputation, such as Trump, that association will ultimately lead to their own reputations being sullied.
But as wise, old Ben Franklin said, if you lie down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.