Spend time with a foolish or lazy person, and you will soon become foolish and lazy. Entrusting a fool with a visionary responsibility only turns you into a bigger fool.
How do you leave your dirty clothes with a mad person for washing and expect to find them clean?
Foolishness, to a foolish person, is normal. Expecting anything more than foolishness from a fool is the worst kind of foolishness.
If you don’t know how to swim, don’t attempt to save a drowning man, lest you drown together. Meaning, never attempt to transform a fool because a fool can never be transformed. If anything, it’s the fool that’s going to succeed in transforming you into a bigger fool.
No matter how hard and long, how sweet, how convincing, or how softly you talk to a lemon, it will still give you sour juice.