Take no part in foolish enterprises, much less in schemes more likely to injure than to enhance your reputation. There exist all kinds of questionable cliques, and a thinking person flees the lot of them. There are also people of strange taste who forever marry what those wiser than them have divorced. They live well paid for their singularity, and even if they attract notice, it is more by the derision they evoke than the commendation. So the circumspect will not allow themselves to be made conspicuous even in their profession; much less, ridiculous in those matters that concern their persons. They need not be listed, for general disapprobation has sufficiently labeled them.
~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)