Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Friendship of the World

"All its compliments are false pretenses with which it deceives and entices the reckless. Although now it will show itself to you as a friend, in the time of need you will find it an enemy. In the greatest anguish it will leave you alone, and in the fire of tribulation you will know how vain is the glory of the world, for you will have nothing then. The friendship that the world shows you is deceitful, and although now it shows you a cheerful face and you may be prosperous and rich, the hour is near when you will be left without all these things that you love. "

Friar Diego de San Cristóbal, 'Tratado de la vanidad del mundo', Vol. 1, 1908, pp. 374.