The quote would be

"Every man is like the company he is wont to keep."

What is the meaning of "he is wont to keep" in this quote? Merriam-Webster translates wont as accustomed, used or inclined, apt, but it still doesn't make sense to me.

  • You are like the friends and acquaintances you choose to spend time with.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 15 '18 at 13:10

It simply means that "We are (become) like the company we keep". The word "wont" is a Middle English word, so it is an old usage. It generally means most often or habitually (for any reason - habit, inclination, desire, or forced).



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