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Friendship Quotes

Looking for the way to tell your best friend how much she means to you? You'll find the perfect sentiment in this collection of friendship quotes.


True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island.


One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. 
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The only way to have a friend is to be one. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. 
Khalil Gibran

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. 
Octavia Butler

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
– Samuel Butler

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. 
Euripides

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. 
Jean de La Fontaine

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 
Marcel Proust

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. 
Henry Ford

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
– William Shakespeare

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
– Oscar Wilde

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
A.A. Milne

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. 
Hubert H. Humphrey

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. 
Walter Winchell

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. 
Helen Keller

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. 
Albert Camus

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. 
Euripides

Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. 
Muhammad Ali

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
– Arnold H. Glasgow

“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
– Plutarch

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
– Albert Schweitzer

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.
- Oscar Wilde

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
- Abraham Lincoln

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?
- Henry David Thoreau


The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
- Rachel Naomi Remen

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
– Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
– Woodrow T. Wilson

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
— Albert Camus

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.
– David Tyson Gentry

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You tooI thought I was the only one.
C.S. Lewis

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.
– Alexander Dumas

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.
– Socrates

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. 
Thomas Aquinas

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. 
Henry Van Dyke

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. 
Charles R. Swindoll

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
– Plutarch

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
– Aristotle

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.
– Arthur Brisbane

True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.
– Unknown

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
Bob Marley

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.
Linda Grayson

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
– Oprah Winfrey

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
– Elbert Hubbard

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends
– Abraham Lincoln

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
– Buddha

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
– Winnie the Pooh

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You tooI thought I was the only one.”
– C.S. Lewis

“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
– David Tyson

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”
– Washington Irving

“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”
– Jim Henson

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
– Leo Buscaglia

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”
– Thomas J. Watson

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
— Dale Carnegie

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”
– Unknown

“How many slams in an old screen doorDepends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a breadDepends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a dayDepends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friendDepends how much you give ’em.”
– Shel Silverstein

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.”
– Oscar Wilde

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
– Confucius

“The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other personCan you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?”
– Eugene Kennedy

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”
– Arnold H. Glasgow

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
– Muhammad Ali

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
– Winnie the Pooh

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.”
– Ally Condie

“One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”
– George Santayana

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
— Audrey Hepburn

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
- Shel Silverstein

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. – Khalil Gibran

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
Jane Austen

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”
Jess C. Scott

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
Linda Grayson

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
Helen Keller

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.”’
– Socrates

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
Albert Camus

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
Elbert Hubbard

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. 
Khalil Gibran

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. 
Leo Buscaglia

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. 
Mencius

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. 
Martin Luther King, Jr.