Proverbs 28:23″He that is reproving a man will afterward find more favour than he that is flattering with his tongue.”
You don’t necessarily only have to say good things to have friends. Although it is usually good to put even negative things in a nice way, here we see that just flattering someone isn’t going to make them like you or whatever your intention was. You won’t find favour in the long run.
Hopefully I’ll be back quite soon to finish the story about the Syrians. They go blind. For a while.