Well, I have considered the deeper meaning of the Freddie N. quote provided by the Omnipresent Pal. Here is my loose translation from the German:
However, concerning the “good friends” who are always too comfortable and precisely as friends believe they have a right to be comfortable: it’s good to allow them from the start some liberty in a playground of misconceptions while you laugh; or to completely abandon them, these good friends, and laugh about that as well!
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
If we take Freddie at face value, Job’s response to his friends comes to mind:
Are not mockers with me? And does not my eye dwell on their provocation? Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself. Who is he who will shake hands with me? You have hidden their heart from understanding; therefore You will not exalt them. He who speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children will fail. But He has made me a byword of the people, and I have become one in whose face men spit. My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, and all my members are like shadows. Upright men are astonished at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite. Yet the righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger. “But please, come back again, all of you, for I shall not find one wise man among you.” (Job 17:2-10)
And then there is this verse from Proverbs, which perhaps indirectly pertains to Freddie’s point:
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:6)
Yes, this is a hard saying; who can hear it? Maybe the Omnipresent Pal is smarter than he looks.