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100 Friendship quotes about life that will inspire you live and love better

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Looking for inspirational friendship quotes for your best friends?

After searching the web here are some of our favorite quotes about friendship!

What is it to be a true friend? Why are we drawn to certain people and not others?

Specifically, what is the difference between the people who will be out friends for life, and those who will pass through our lives for a reason of a season? Hopefully these quotes can give you some inspiration about the people you surround yourself with and why.

Friendship quotes about distance, life and time

1.) “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis

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2.) “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


4.) “One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.” – Clifton Fadiman

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5.) “Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks.” — Waqar Ahmed

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6.) “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

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7.) “A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.” — John Tillotson

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

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9.) “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

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10.) “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friendship quotes about life

11.) “No friendship is an accident.” ―O. Henry, Heart of the West

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12.) “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.” ― Socrates

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


14.) “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “ – Leo Buscaglia


15.) “Only a true friend would be that truly honest.” — Shrek


16.) “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin


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


18.) “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


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


20.) “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

Friendship quotes about distance

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


22.) “True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” ― Nicole Richie


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


24.) “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” – Charles Lamb


25.) “A friend to all is a friend to none.” ― Aristotle


26.) “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”

– Maxwell Maltz


27.) “Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.”

– William Hazlitt


28.) “One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”

– George Santayana


29.) “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

– C.S. Lewis

Friendship quotes about change

30.) “The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


31.) “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”

―Elie Wiesel


32.) “Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.”

—Virginia Woolfe


33.) “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


34.) “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust


35.) “When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.”

—Diane von Furstenburg


36.) “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”

– Bernard Meltzer


37.) “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


38.) “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


39.) “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Friendship quotes about love

40.) “Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”

– William James


41.) “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


42.) “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12.”

—Stand by Me


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

– Unknown


44.) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

Zig Ziglar


45.) “Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had

I’ve been with you such a long time

You’re my sunshine and I want you to know

That my feelings are true

I really love you

Oh you’re my best friend”



46.) “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

Henry David Thoreau


47.) “There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found

While journeying east and west –

The only folks we really wound

Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,

We please the fleeting guest,

And deal full many a thoughtless blow

To those who love us best.”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Friendship quotes about time

48.) “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


49.) “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


50.) “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”

– Epicurus


51.) “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


52.) “True friendship is never serene.”

—Marquise de Sevigne


53.) “How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.”

– Shel Silverstein


54.) “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


55.) “There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”

―Jim Henson, “I’m goingto Go Back There Someday”


56.) “Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.”

– Emil Ludwig


57.) “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

– Elisabeth Foley

Friendship quotes about life

58.) “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


59.) “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

– Walter Winchell


60.) “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”

— Miles Franklin


61.) “Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.”

—It’s a Wonderful Life


62.) “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

—The Beatles


63.) “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.”

– Oscar Wilde


64.) “You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

– Laurence J. Peter


65.) “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


66.) “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”

— Joseph F. Newton Men


67.) “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”

Anthony Robbins

Friendship quotes about love

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

Friedrich Nietzsche


69.) “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

—E.B. White Charlotte’s Web


70.) “There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.”

– Diana Cortes


71.) “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

―Oscar Wilde


72.) “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.”

―Jim Morrison


73.) “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

– Confucius


74.) “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”

– Mark Twain


75.) “There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.”

―Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


76.) “Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.”

– Charles Kingsley


77.) “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.”

– Oscar Wilde


78.) “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


79.) “A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.”


Friendship quotes about change

80.) “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.”

– Gloria Naylor


81.) “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

―Linda Grayson


82.) “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.”



83.) “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

– Arnold H. Glasgow


84.) “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”

– William Arthur Ward


85.) “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”



86.) “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

– Donna Roberts


87.) “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”

– Ed Cunningham


88.) “The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?”

– Eugene Kennedy

Friendship quotes about love

89.) “We’ll be friend ’til we’re old and senile. … Then we’ll be new friends!”



90.) “It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

– Marlene Dietrich


91.) “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


92.) “Friends should be like books, few, but hand-selected.”

―C.J. Langenhoven


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

– Plutarch


94.) “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

– Alice Walker


95.) “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


96.) “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. “

– Linda Grayson


97.) “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

– Woodrow T. Wilson


98.) “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


99.) “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”



100.) “The best mirror is an old friend.”

―George Herbert


Which of these friendship quotes was your favorite?

Friends are important to us in a lot of ways. They increase our sense of belonging and purpose and help boost our self-confidence as well.

A good friend will also increase your happiness and help you deal with the stress that comes from the ups and downs of life.

I hope this gave you some inspiration and insight into the people that you surround yourself with, and the reasons that they are so important to have in your life. Let them be special and let them be worthwhile.

Which friendship quote was your favorite? What other quotes about friendship would you add to the list?



  1. Diwakar

    November 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I had a fight with my friend before and haven’t talked to him for few days and after reading this quote I left my ego and talked t him.

    • Jeffrey I. Moore

      November 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      That’s amazing to hear!!

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      November 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      I am so glad to hear that. Thank you so much for sharing this story. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

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