Quotation by Shakespeare

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 1, sc. 3, l. 62-3.

Advice to his son as he goes to live abroad; "their adoption tried" means their association with you tested.
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