What some call “friendship” is only a club membership, only a mutual consideration of each other’s interests, only an exchange of favors. In a word, it is only a business deal in which self-love invariably finds something to gain.
—La Rochefoucauld, Maxim 83
A maxim like this is not given to tear down. Or more precisely, it is not given to tear down what is worth keeping. Sometimes we ought to ridicule and get rid of what is false.