100 Friendship Quotes For You (And Your Best Friend)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 100 of the best friendship quotes I could find.

Why should you care?

Because good friendships lead to a good life.

In fact, the longest happiness study by Harvard tells us that having close relationships is THE key to living a good life.

It’s more important than success.

More important than money.

More important than achievement.

More important than material possessions.

So, I hope the quotes will inspire you to spend even more time with people who make a true difference in your life.

After all, they are golden gifts for your life.

You’ll discover quotes by Paulo Coelho, Emerson, Cicero, Thoreau, and more.


Top 10 Friendship Quotes

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Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. G. Randolf

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best friends don’t expect anything from you. They just accept you the way you are. Maxime Lagacé

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln

True friendship is like sound health. The value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton

A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen. Winnie The Pooh

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau

More Friendship Quotes

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It’s not what we have, but who we have. Winnie The Pooh

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman

Friendship is not about whom you know the longest. It is about who came and never left. Paulo Coelho

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. Virginia Woolf

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. Winnie The Pooh

One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine. Matshona Dhliwayo

A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. Helen Keller

There cannot be friendship without equality. Swami Sivananda


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Friendships that last have high connections, high mutual respect and low expectations. Maxime Lagacé

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you’re most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

Man’s best support is a very dear friend. Cicero

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. Alexander Dumas

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. Kahlil Gibran

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. Robert Louis Stevenson

Friendships are a reciprocation of efforts. Justin Kan (Source)

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

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The most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people. Nicholas Sparks

The friendship which can cease has never been real. St. Jerome

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. Thomas Fuller

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. Herodotus

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn

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

My friends are my estate. Emily Dickinson

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow Wilson

A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside. Winnie The Pooh

We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh? asked Piglet. Even longer. Pooh answered. Winnie The Pooh



More Quotes About Friendship

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Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. Jim Morrison

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship. Dorothy Parker

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. Aristotle

A good friendship is a conversation that never ends. Gloria Steinem

Friendship = Vulnerability * Time. Sahil Lavingia

Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero

Distance yourself from people that you don’t want to become. Shane Parris (Source)

Opposition is true friendship. William Blake

Love is friendship on fire. Susan Sontag


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A man who seeks a perfect friend will remain friendless. Turkish proverb

Remember, no man is a failure who has friends. Unknown

Good friendships make life awesome. Lex Fridman

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. Sophie Swetchine

One loyal friend can make a difference in your life. Steve Harvey (Source)

Friendships are discovered rather than made. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle

Who you surround yourself with is who you become. Alex Lieberman (Source)

Friendship is more than being there for your friends when they need you, it’s also allowing your friends to be there for you. Shane Parrish

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things. Unknown

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

When was the last time you asked your friend how he/she was doing? Maxime Lagacé

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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

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. Winnie The Pooh

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. Thomas Sowell

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams. Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life. Jean de La Fontaine

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it. C. S. Lewis

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. Publilius Syrus

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. William Hazlitt

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

Disagreement should not destroy a friendship. It should strengthen it. Lex Fridman (Source)

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You don’t need a lot of friends, just the right ones. Gary Goodridge (Source)

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon

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

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. Aristotle

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde

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

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

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this? Henry David Thoreau

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship. Saint Francis de Sales

Funny Quotes About Friendship

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The better the friend, the less cleaning you do before he comes over. Unknown

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom. Francis Bacon

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Linda Grayson

I love how badass we think we are when we’re together. Unknown

I’m a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me. Toni Morrison

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

Real friends don’t get offended when you insult them. They smile and call you something even more offensive. Unknown

There are small ships and big ships but the best ships are friendships. Unknown

The friendship of one intelligent man is better than that of all the unintelligent. Democritus

A day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day. Winnie The Pooh

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success. Doug Larson


Visual About Friendship

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Try to enjoy the great festival of life with other men. Epictetus

To be successful, hang with successful people. To be happy, hang with happy people. Maxime Lagacé

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. Rumi


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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake

Key Takeaways

  • 2 easy ways to improve your life:
    • Improve your physical health (walk 30 minutes daily, lift weights, etc.)
    • Improve your mental health (spend more time with people you love, meditate 10 minutes daily, etc.)
  • Great friendships are about:
  • Remember what The Minimalists say, “Love people, use things. The opposite never works.”
  • Remember to never expect your friend to be perfect. High expectations lead to high disappointment.
  • Find your tribe. Cut toxic people out of your life. As Jim Rohn said: “You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with.”

Further Readings

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful friendship quotes.

In sum, make time today to call or see a friend. It’s an easy way to add some meaning to your life.

And if you did like the quotes, please share them with a friend today!

Do you have lots of friends? Only a handful? What’s your favorite friend quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

April 23, 2024

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