Though I have two questions, they are both related to this proverb, so I thought they could combined.

  1. Are there other proverbs or idioms with the same effect?
  2. Is there a proverb or an idiom that is the opposite? (Something like if you are with the good/honest/truthful, you will be one.)
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    Your first question seems like a list question, which isn't a good fit for the Q&A format. What specifically about the "lie down with dogs..." idiom doesn't match what you want to express? What difference in meaning do you want in the alternative sayings?
    – The Photon
    Sep 24, 2018 at 19:46
  • There's "one bad apple spoils the rest" that's related, but it doesn't imply making the choice to consort with a bad apple.
    – user888379
    Sep 24, 2018 at 19:49

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Not the opposite, but covers both sides:

“Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.”

Consider also Proverbs 13:20:

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

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