101 Inspirational Quotes For Friends That Will Make Their Day

Sending some encouraging words to your pal can make them feel special, loved, and appreciated.

Reviewed by Amira Martin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist
Written by Sneha Tete, Certified Relationship Coach
Edited by Asmita De  • 

Life is not always a bed of roses, and your friends might need some cheering up sometimes. Some funny, witty, positive, and inspirational quotes for friends are effective ways to lift the mood and reassure your buddy that you are always there for them. But your friend’s difficulties may overwhelm you too, and it becomes hard to compose motivational messages. That’s when the quotes by famous personalities become a blessing. So, if your friend’s life is stuck in second gear, send them our collection of messages mentioned below. Swipe up to read more.

Inspirational 21st Birthday Quotes For Friends

Inspirational quotes for your friend's 21st birthday
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  1.  “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler
  1.  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lau Tzu
  1.  “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn
  1.  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot, and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  1.  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
  1.  “If you are not making mistakes, then you are not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook
  1.  “Don’t just count your years. Make your years count.” – George Meredith
  1.  “Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” – Tom Wilson
  1.  “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” – Ogden Nash
  1.  “Keep your face always towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” –Walt Whitman
  1.  “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” –George S. Patton Jr.
  1.  “There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born, and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
  1.  “Refuse failure. No matter how difficult the obstacles, find a way to around them.” – J.J. Goldwag
  1.  “The elevator to success is out of order. You will have to use the stairs, one step at a time.” – Joe Girard
  1.  “If you live long enough, you will make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you will be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” – Bill Clinton
  1.  “All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison
  1.  “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright
  1.  “A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” – Amit Kalantri
  1.  “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.” – Sammy Hagar
  1.  “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan
  1.  “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

A few words of encouragement can help your friends feel that you are always with them. Below is a list of inspirational quotes you can send your friend if they are feeling low and need a dose of positivity in their lives.

Inspirational Quotes For A Friend In Need

Inspirational quotes for a friend in need
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  1.  “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  1.  “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon
  1.  “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right!” –Henry Ford
  1.  “You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  1.  “There are no quick fixes to grief. No easy answers. Every expression of grief that wants to be felt and honored and given its space must be allowed in order to heal.” – Tom Zuba
  1.  “You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.” – James J. Corbett
  1.  “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” – N.R. Walker
  1.  “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” – Robert Tew
  1.  “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
  1.  “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams
  1.  “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams
  1.  “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – Barack Obama
  1.  “Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details, and excellence will come.” – Perry Paxton
  1.  “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  1.  “You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.” – Sugar Ray Leonard
  1.  “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach
  1.  “The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.” – Mike Ditka
  1.  “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius
  1.  “Dance when you are broken open. Dance if you have torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you are perfectly free.” – Rumi
  1.  “A ship in a harbor is a safe ship, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Lebo Grand

In her book Hidden Treasure, Kara Adams writes, “Don’t wait for tomorrow to live a life you love today.” And this is the best approach towards the fickle life. If your friend is dealing with a life-threatening illness like cancer, the quotes in the next section may render some much-needed support.

Inspirational Quotes For Friend With Cancer

Inspirational quotes for a friend with cancer
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  1.  “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
  1.  “Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” – Samuel Smiles
  1.  “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell
  1.  “Our way is not soft grass; it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.” – Ruth Westheimer
  1.  “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.” – St. Teresa of Avila
  1.  “Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore
  1.  “Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it today.” – Peter Kuzmic
  1.  “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
  1.  “Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamond
  1.  “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott
  1.  “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.” – Thomas Edison
  1.  “We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.” – Trent Shelton
  1.  “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” – Maya Angelou
  1.  “Cancer is a marathon — you can’t look at the finish line. You take it moment by moment, sometimes breath by breath, other times step by step.” – Sarah Betz Bucciero
  1.  “Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.” – Cassandra Clare
  1.  “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong
  1.  “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  1.  “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
  1.  “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa
  1.  “Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.” – Emily Hollenberg

Some friends are like family, and parting ways with them for any reason can be quite hurtful. If your friend is going through such a phase of loss, it becomes your duty to support them. Keep scrolling for some quotes that may help uplift your friend’s mood and inspire them to move on.

Inspirational Quotes To Deal With Friend’s Loss

Inspirational quotes to deal with a friend's loss
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  1.  “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.” – Charles Caleb Colton
  1.  “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” – Seneca the Younger
  1.  “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.” – Anne Frank
  1.  “The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends.” – John Cassian
  1.  “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker
  1.  “The friendship that can cease has never been real.” – St. Jerome
  1.  “Excuse me, then! you know my heart; But dearest friends, alas! must part.” – John Gay
  1.  “Some say that time changes. Best friends can become strangers.” – Good Charlotte
  1.  “The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” – Sir Francis Bacon
  1.  “Friendship must never be buried under the weight of misunderstanding.” – Sri Chinmoy
  1.  “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach
  1.  “Friendship is like a glass ornament; once it is broken, it can rarely be put back together in exactly the same way.” – Charles Kingsley
  1.  “Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” – Richard Bach
  1.  “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran
  1.  “It’s hard to tell who has your back, from who has it long enough just to stab you in it.” – Nicole Richie
  1.  “A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.” – Gustave Flaubert
  1.  “The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.” – Robert Southey
  1.  “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” – Thomas J. Watson
  1.  “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison
  1.  “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch

Motivation is not just needed in times of distress. When your friend is at an important juncture like graduation, thoughts about the future might be terrifying for them. So, while you congratulate your buddy, it isn’t a bad idea to throw in some words of inspiration. Read on.

Inspirational Graduation Quotes For Friends

Inspirational quotes for a friend to celebrate their graduation
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  1.  “Success doesn’t rush. The greatest reward is the journey.” – Jeff Moore
  1.  “If you don’t go after what you want, you will never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
  1.  “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
  1.  “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill
  1.  “Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.” – John Green
  1.  “All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  1.  “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington
  1.  “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.” – Jim Carrey
  1.  “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  1.  “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington
  1.  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  1.  “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” – Nora Ephron
  1.  “Never doubt that you can make a space big enough for yourself in this world.” – Cynthia Nixon
  1.  “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” – Barack Obama
  1.  “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill
  1.  “Everything’s always ending. But everything’s always beginning, too.” – Patrick Ness
  1.  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  1.  “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
  1.  “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  1.  “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

Infographic: Inspirational Gift Ideas For Friends

Indeed, strong and motivational quotes and words can inspire your friends to take on the world. But along with it, wouldn’t it be great if you could give them something that could constantly remind them to keep going strong in their lives? If you agree, the infographic below can help you figure out what gift to get them. Check it out!

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Our friends are an essential part of our lives, and their support and encouragement can be incredibly empowering. These inspirational and uplifting quotes for friends remind us of the importance of affirmation, resilience, gratitude, growth, appreciation, optimism, perseverance, and many other qualities that make our friendships so valuable for our self-improvement. As we continue to navigate the ups and downs of life, may we always be grateful for the friends who lift us up, inspire us to be our best selves, and help us grow and thrive! Let’s cherish our friendships and support each other on the journey towards our dreams and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for a close friend?

You may address a close friend as a mate, confidant, or associate.

What is a symbol of friendship?

Several symbols represent friendship, including two interlocking hearts, a topaz, a yellow rose, an infinity sign, etc.

What makes a special friend?

A special friend would respect your boundaries, understand you, and support you in your highs and lows. Loyalty, trust, honesty, kindness, and non-judgmental qualities make a special friend.

What is a forever best friend?

A forever best friend is someone close to you and whom you trust the most. Such friends are always on your side against all odds.

Which color means friendship?

Yellow is often used to denote friendship.

Which flower means friendship?

A yellow rose is the most commonly used flower to symbolize friendship.

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