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41 quotes celebrating the joy in true friendship by The Best You

Friendship is one of the magical qualities that bring joy and enjoyment into life. Different to love, it can grow in to love, or it can become a whole special relationship of its own.

Either way, we decided at The Best You to celebrate friendship and all its different meanings with these fabulous quotes on friendship from great writers and thinkers!



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

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

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

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

5. 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

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

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

8. Friends are the siblings God never gave us. – Mencius

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

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

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

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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

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

17. 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

18. 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

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

20. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. – Elbert Hubbard

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

22. One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. – Euripides

23. My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. – Aristotle

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

25. Friends are born, not made. – Henry Adams

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

27. A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. – Jim Morrison

28. A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. – William Penn

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

30. 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

31. 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

32. A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. – Len Wein

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

34. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. – Bill Watterson

35. There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. – William Butler Yeats

36. The best time to make friends is before you need them. – Ethel Barrymore

37. Friendship is one mind in two bodies. – Mencius

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

39. 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

40. Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings. – Jean de la Bruyere

41. We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. – Joseph Roux



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