An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth. This means that it is better to be in the company of someone who will always tell you the truth no matter the situation, instead of being with a friend that tells you lies at every opportunity.
In today’s world, there is an upsurge of people pleasing behavior. People tend to say what they think others want to hear, then they mock them behind their backs. When you want to take advice or counsel from someone, ensure that the person follows the same advice he is giving to you. It is a sad thing to be friends with someone who says one thing and does the other, especially when it comes to telling the truth.
Actions, they say, speak louder than words. Ensure that you surround yourself with people who are truthful in words and actions.