I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. (Plutarch, early Greek philosopher)
Some political leaders seem to have a lot of “Yes-men” around them, always agreeing with the boss and never challenging his or her opinions. Plutarch would argue that they are not really good friends—either to the leader or to the people who follow. It may be difficult to hear correction from your friends, but you soon realize it’s what’s best for you.
Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy . . . The godly give good advice to their friends. (Proverbs 27:6; 12:26)