101 Best Friendship Quotes

Words of wisdom to help you express your heart, love, and care to your friend

Reviewed by Damini Grover, Counseling Psychologist & Life Coach
Written by Sneha Tete, Certified Relationship Coach
Edited by Subhrojyoti Mukherjee  • 

Friendship is the best form of any relationship. It is all about bonding, loyalty, trust, kindness, and mutual support.  Certain friendship quotes describe this unique and wonderful bond accurately. Expressing your appreciation, love, and care for a friend through a thoughtful quote can make a lasting impression. If you are looking for some thoughtful friendship quotes, here is a compiled list you can use to express your feelings and bring a smile to a friend. Truly, friendship is the wine of life. Read on!

Best Friendship Quotes

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  1. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou
  1. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell
  2. “But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” – Thomas Jefferson
  3. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson
  4. “Life is partly what we make, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams
  5. Life without friends is death without witness.” – Elden Benge
  6. “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
  7. “It’s not diamonds that are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.” – Gina Barreca
  8. “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
  9. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis
  10. “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
  11. “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson
  12. “Without friends the world is but a wilderness.” – Francis Bacon
  13. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
  14. “In the cookie of life, friends are the chocochips.” – Unknown
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  1. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Witchell
  2. “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.” – Thomas Aquinas
  3. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow Wilson
  4. “Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.” – Unknown
  5. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” – Aristotle
  6. “There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family.” – Unknown
  7. “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson
  8. “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
  9. “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
  10. “One loyal friend is worth more than a thousand fake ones.” – Unknown
  11. Friendship is Love without his wings!” – Lord Byron
  12. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” – Henry David Thoreau
  13. “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
  14. “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” – Unknown
  15. “It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” – Marlene Dietrich
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  1. “We’ve been friends for so long I can’t remember which one of us is the bad influence.” – Unknown
  2. “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
  3. “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
  4. “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
  5. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts
  6. “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
  7. “Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus
  8. “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” – Unknown
  9. “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia
  10. “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means 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.” – Henri Nouwen
  11. “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
  12. “ Sometimes just spending some quality time with good friends is the only therapy you need.” – Unknown
  13. 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.” – Baltasar Gracian
  14. “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
  15. “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” – Irish proverb
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  1. “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” – Thomas J. Watson
  2. “A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” – Charles Darwin
  3. “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
  4. “One of the most beautiful qualities in friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  5. No one can live without friendship, because what would you do all day without friends?” – Natalie Portman
  6. “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
  7. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.” – Jane Austin
  8. “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
  9. “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 healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen
  1. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
  2. “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”– Hubert H. Humphrey
  3. “If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” – Charlotte Bronte
  4. “In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins
  5. “There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.” – Jennifer Anniston
  6. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.” – Unknown
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  1. “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” – Confucius
  2. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunninghum
  1. “Words are easy, like the wind, faithful friends are hard to find.” – William Shakespeare
  2. “A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard
  3. “Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.” – James F. Byrnes
  4. “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
  5. “Awards become corroded. Friends gather no dust.” – Jesse Owens
  6. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” – Oscar Wilde
  7. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” – Bernard Meltzer
  9. “Never leave your friends alone…keep disturbing them!” – Unknown
  10. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford
  11. “Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. . . . . . No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it.” – Seneca the Younger
  12. “There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.” – Edith Wharton
  13. “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” – Unknown
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  1. “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 is inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love is inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.” – Shel Silverstein
  2. “The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.” – Giotto di Bondone
  3. “Friends are relatives you make for yourself.” – Eustache Deschamps
  4. “True friends are those rare people who come to find you in dark places and lead you back to the light.” – Steven Aitchison
  1. “You cannot friend a hawk, they said, unless you are a hawk yourself, alone and only a sojourner in the land, without friends or the need of them.” – Stephen King
  2. “A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxiety but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” – William Arthur Ward
  3. “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
  4. “If we treated ourselves as well as we treated our best friend, can you imagine?” – Meghan Markle
  5. “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch
  6. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln
  7. “Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.” – John Evelyn
  8. “Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you”, and proved it.” – Unknown
  9. “Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million small things.” – Paulo Coelho
  10. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  11. “I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends.” – Reese Witherspoon
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  1. “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
  2. “Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.” – Oscar Wilde
  3. “Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.” – Anna Taylor
  4. “A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.” – Unknown
  5. “True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They’re the ones who won’t disappear when you’re facing problems.” – Unknown
  6. “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” – Aristotle
  7. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” – Socrates
  8. “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
  9. “He who hath many friends hath none.” – Aristotle
  10. “A good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you.” – Unknown
  11. “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

Though friendships do not require grand gestures to showcase your adoration for your friend, an occasional token of love to keep the bond fresh is not a bad idea. Something as simple as a thoughtful and heartfelt statement or a quote from a personality can be great to express your gratitude and affection. We handpicked the above best friend quotes to ensure that they convey the essence of your friendship to the other person. So, what are you waiting for? Pick a quote that resonated with your bond and share it with your friends today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s another word for best friends?

Bosom buddies, soul mates, confidantes, besties, and sidekicks are some common synonyms for best friends.

Which color means friendship?

The color yellow is most commonly used to signify friendship.

What flower symbolizes friendship?

In general, all yellow flowers may represent friendship. However, yellow roses are the most preferred flowers to symbolize friendship in modern times.

Don’t skip the chance to let your friends know how much you care for them. Check out this video to share some funny and heartwarming quotes with them on this Friendship Day.

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