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74 Inspiring Friendship Quotes

Few things have such a huge impact on happiness and the enjoyment, depth and plain fun of life as the friendships we have.

It could be the friendships with our partners, family members, co-workers and the people we have known for a few years now or since we were kids.

Or even with people we have never even met at the other side of the world or the pets we love.

So I’d like to start this year by looking back and share some of the best advice on this topic from the people who have walked this earth over the past hundreds and thousands of years.

This is 74 thought-provoking, beautiful, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny quotes on friendship.

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  1. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
    – Walter Winchell
  2. “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
  3. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
    – Ernest Hemingway
  4. “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
  5. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
    – David Tyson
  6. “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
  7. “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”
    – Jim Henson
  8. “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
    – Leo Buscaglia
  9. “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”
    – Thomas J. Watson
  10. “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
  11. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”
    – Unknown
  12. “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
  13. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.”
    – Oscar Wilde
  14. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
    – Confucius
  15. “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
    – Arnold H. Glasgow
  16. “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
    – Plutarch
  17. “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
  18. “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
  19. “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
  20. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
    – Friedrich Nietzsche
  21. “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
  22. “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
  23. “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
  24. “One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”
    – George Santayana
  25. “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
  26. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.”’
    – Socrates
  27. “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
  28. “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 F. Buscaglia
  29. “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
    – Charles Lamb
  30. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
    – Marcel Proust
  31. “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
  32. “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “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
  36. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
    – Alice Walker
  37. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
    – Woodrow T. Wilson
  38. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”
    – Ed Cunningham
  39. “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

  40. “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
  41. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”
    – Elisabeth Foley
  42. “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
  43. “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
  44. “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
  45. “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
  46. “A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.”
    — John Tillotson
  47. “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
    – Donald Miller
  48. “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
  49. “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”
    – Maxwell Maltz
  50. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”
    – Bernard Meltzer
  51. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
    — Henry David Thoreau
  52. “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
  53. “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”
    — Joseph F. Newton Men
  54. “Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.”
    – Charles Kingsley
  55. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”
    – Donna Roberts
  56. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. “
    – Linda Grayson
  57. “It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”
    – Marlene Dietrich
  58. “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
  59. “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
  60. “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”
    — Miles Franklin
  61. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”
    – Epicurus
  62. “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
  63. “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
  64. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
    – Abraham Lincoln
  65. “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
  66. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
    – Tennessee Williams
  67. “If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.”
    – Alice Duer Miller
  68. “The best time to make friends is before you need them.”
    – Ethel Barrymore
  69. “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
    – Khalil Gibran
  70. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
    — Carl W. Buechner
  71. “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
    – Unknown
  72. “The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
    — Dale Carnegie
  73. “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
  74. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
    – Brandi Snyder
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  • Thank you for sharing this list. I enjoyed reading these heartwarming quotes. I am so grateful that I have found a best friend in my husband and I hope to build a beautiful friendship with my children.

  • I am by nature a positive person -‘ Strength Finders ‘ – as a leader and as a person, notes “Positivity” as my strongest strength. Never the less – I was once a Zig Ziglar ‘junkie’ and am a firm believer in motivational work needs to be daily. We are responsible to be good stewards of our gifts and talents in this world. …Now with all that said – as I continue to model positive friendships, I have some great quotes for signature lines on my correspondence – and I will also mention “the teacher does learn more than the student” so there is win-win for everyone involved.
    Thank you what you do –
    (Learning) Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make Friends with those who will force you to leverage yourself up. Thomas Watson ( thank you again – ) We can be internet friends.

  • Anonymous

    48.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.”

  • WONG


  • What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing these wonderful quotes.

  • Amit Jaitly

    Great Quotes, I love them all!!!

  • anjum.killedar

    4.“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

  • Pat

    I enjoyed all the quotes and they are great reminders of what true friends and friendships mean. Favorite is 11.“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”
    – Unknown

  • Peter Mc Lauchlan

    I read your quotes every morning when I wake up.
    Thank you.

  • “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

    That unknown person truly understood friends and friendship for what they truly are and that only comes when you have had the experience of finding true friends and having to part ways with them.
    Hats off to the “unknown”, for putting it all together in one sweet sentence.

  • Loved these quotes. I tried to pick a favorite, but it’s absolutely impossible, they all seem to have their own nugget of wisdom :) But if I had to choose, #4 is absolutely 100% true.

  • Absolutely loved this list! I am blessed with having such one wonderful friend. Reading all these quotes remind me of my friend. I also would like to share one quote:

    “There is one mind, one heart and one soul acting into two different bodies called friendship.”
    Thanks Henrik for sharing this, loved your way of starting the new year!

  • Beautiful quotes!

    I love what we learn from friendship quotes. I’m always amazed by the dimensions and depth that a quotes collection provides on a topic.

    When I built my friendship quotes collection, I think the big thing that I learned is the wide variety of friends and how they can play very different roles in our life.

    I like so many friendship quotes, but one that I reflect on often is:
    “My best friend is the one who brings out the best of me.” — Henry Ford

  • Hi Henrik
    I love your positivity blog, it is so helpful and practical and this fabulous list about friendship is just one more of your emails that I’m going to keep.
    Thank you for your constant positivity, your uplifting emails and the practical ways you share to be positive.
    Have a fantastic week

  • Another great one by Ralph Waldo Emerson – The only way to have a friend is to be one.

    It tells so much about loving yourself, being your own best friend, only then we’ll be able to form great friendhips.