It is better for a person to receive a rebuke from those who are wise than to listen to the song of fools. For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns under a cooking pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This kind of folly also is useless.
[Eccl 7:5-6 NET]
A friend to chide me when I’m wrong,
My inmost soul to see:
And that my friendship prove as strong
For him as his for me.
~ John Quincy Adams ~
Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can: this is the service of a friend.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
My Father and Friend,
Who calleth me to check the progress of the wrong, make me submissive and eager for what is right, that I may learn and uphold to others thy purposes and desires.