Top 91 Friendship Quotes of All Time - Mindsgoals (2024)

Friendship is one of life‘s most valuable treasures. The bond between true friends can transcend distance, time, and even death. Throughout history, many famous figures have commented on the profound significance of friendship. This collection features 91 of the greatest friendship quotes of all time. From heartfelt sayings to humorous quips, these wise words eloquently capture the essence of friendship. Whether you are looking to appreciate your close friends or understand the meaning of friendship itself, these thoughtful quotes will resonate and inspire. Check out this Book on how to Make Friends that Last

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Best Friendship Quotes

1. “Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.” – Samuel Butler

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2. “Best friends don’t necessarily have to talk every day. They don’t even need to talk for weeks. But when they do, it’s like they never stopped talking.” – Unknown

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3. “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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4. “Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again.” — John O’Donohue

5. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” – Khalil Gibran

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6. “Friends joke with one another. ‘Hey, you’re poor. Hey, your momma’s dead.’ That’s what friends do.” – Michael Scott

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7. “We’re sisters; you’re my family. What is you, is me. There’s nothing that you could ever say to make me let go.” – Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl

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8. “Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself.” Why? “Because nothing else seemed important.” ― Boy Meets World

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9. “I found out what the secret to life is—friends. Best friends.” — Fried Green Tomatoes

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10. “There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family.” — Unknown

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11. “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.” — It’s a Wonderful Life

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12. “The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.” — Awakenings

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Do you have a best Friend – Friendship Quotes

13. “I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don’t have to explain anything to them. I don’t have to apologize for anything. They know. There’s no judgment in any way.” — Emma Watson

14. “Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” ― Sarah Dessen

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15. “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation and doesn’t always need togetherness. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part.” – Unknown

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16. “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

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17. “Friendship — my definition — is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” ― Stieg Larsson

18. “In my friend, I find a second self.” – Isabel Norton

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19. “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

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20. “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”– Marlene Dietrich

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21. “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” – Irish Proverb

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

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23. “Best friend: the one that you can be mad at only for a short period of time because you have important stuff to tell them.” – Unknown

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24. “We’ll be the old ladies causing trouble in the nursing home.” – Unknown

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25. “Never let your best friends get lonely…keep disturbing them.” – Candlelight Publications

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26. “A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.” – Frances Ward Weller

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27. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” — David Tyson

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28. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” — Ed Cunningham

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Having a true Friend – Famous Friendship Quotes

29. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” — Bernard Meltzer

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30. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

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31. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” — Woodrow Wilson

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32. “Friends are relatives you make for yourself.” — Eustache Deschamps

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33. “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

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34. “One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”– George Santayana

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35. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

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36. “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

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

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38. “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

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39. “[The greatest gift in life] is the gift of friendship, and I have received it; the greatest healing therapy is friendship.” — Hubert Humphrey

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Inspiring Friendship Quotes

40. “Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life—and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” — Dean Koontz

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41. “Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” — Richard Bach

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42. “And what is a friend? More than a father, more than a brother: a traveling companion, with him, you can conquer the impossible, even if you must lose it later. Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” ― Elie Wiesel, The Gates of the Forest

43. “A good friend is a connection to life—a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” — Lois Wyse

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44. “Friendship’s the wine of life.” — Edward Young

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45. “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

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46. “A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.” — Anonymous

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47. “True friends are those rare people who come to find you in dark places and lead you back to the light.” — Anonymous

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48. “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.” — Anonymous

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

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50. “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

51. “That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you—the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you—because that is what people are supposed to do.” — R. J. L.

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52. “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

Why you should have true friends – Friendship Quotes

53. “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.” – Thomas Aquinas

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54. “Every friendship goes through ups and downs. Dysfunctional patterns set in; external situations cause internal friction; you grow apart and then bounce back together.” – Mariella Frostrup

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55. “Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.” – Eustace Budgell

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56. “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.” – Maria Shriver

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57. “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

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58. “You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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59. “Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.” – Anna Deavere Smith

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60. “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

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61. “Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can’t have too many friends because then you’re just not really friends.” – Truman Capote

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62. “Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.” – Francesco Guicciardini

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63. “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

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Who is a real Friend? Friendship Quotes

64. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell

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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

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66. “If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to livev without you.” — Winnie the Pooh

67. “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” — Bill Watterson

68. “Real friendship is when your friend comes over to your house and then you both just take a nap.” — Anonymous

69. “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

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

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

72. “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

Short Friendship Quotes

73. “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

74. “Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.” — Virginia Woolf

75. “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” — Misty Copeland

76. “There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read and old friends to enjoy.” — Henry Ford

77. “The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.” – Chelsea Handler

78. “As much as a BFF can make you go WTF, there’s no denying we’d be a little less rich without them.” — Gossip Girl

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

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

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

82. “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” – Euripides

Meaningful Friend Quotes

83. “Throughout life you will meet one person who is like no other. You could talk to this person for hours and never get bored, you could tell this person things and they will never judge you. This person is your soulmate, your best friend. Don’t ever let them go.” – Unknown

84. “The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.” – Shanna Rodriguez

85. “A friend is an emotional bond, just like friendship is a human experience.” – Simon Sinek

86. “A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!” – Doug Larson

87. “True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.” – Henry David Thoreau

88. “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

89. “Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare — and precious as a pearl.” – Tahar Ben Jelloun

90. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

91. “I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” — Jon Katz

92. “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

93. “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

94. “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

95. “The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” — Barbara Kingsolver

96. “I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” — Robert Brault

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Friendship

  1. Lifespan Benefits: Having strong social connections and meaningful friendships can have a significant impact on your overall health and longevity. Studies have shown that people with supportive friends tend to live longer and have a reduced risk of various health issues.
  2. Social Brain: Humans are wired for social interaction, and friendships are fundamental to our well-being. The brain processes social and physical pain in similar regions, which is why the loss of a friendship can evoke feelings of sadness akin to a physical injury.
  3. Number of Friends: According to the Dunbar’s number theory, the average human can maintain stable social relationships with around 150 people. However, only about 5 of these are considered close friends.
  4. Emotional Contagion: Emotions can spread between friends like a contagious virus. This phenomenon, known as emotional contagion, means that the moods and emotions of your friends can influence your own feelings.
  5. Opposites Attract: While you might have heard the phrase “birds of a feather flock together,” research shows that opposites can attract in friendships. People with different personalities and interests can complement each other and create strong bonds.
  6. Friendships in Childhood: The quality of childhood friendships can have a lasting impact on a person’s social and emotional development. Positive friendships during childhood are linked to better mental health and social skills later in life.
  7. Digital Friendships: In the age of social media, online friendships have become increasingly common. Although they lack face-to-face interactions, many online friendships can be as meaningful and important as offline ones.
  8. Friendship Hormone: Oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone” or “bonding hormone,” plays a crucial role in forming and maintaining friendships. It is released during positive social interactions and helps strengthen emotional connections.
  9. Friends and Stress: Having a close friend to confide in can significantly reduce stress. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trusted friend can provide emotional support and alleviate anxiety.
  10. Long-Distance Friendships: Distance doesn’t necessarily weaken friendships. With modern technology, staying connected across the globe has become easier. Long-distance friendships can thrive through virtual communication, occasional visits, and the enduring bond between friends. Read more about friendship Quotes

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