Friendship, deep and meaningful ones, can be some of the greatest and most lasting relationships we will ever have.
There are times when a lifelong friendship is the longest and most meaningful relationship that someone will ever experience.
We are often far better at recognizing what it means for someone to be a good friend to us than we do at what it means to be a good friend to another.
This is the time to consider its true meaning, and how great relationships like this work in both directions. Here are some thoughts and cool friendship quotes for you to ponder.
The Best Friendship Quotes and Sayings
1. “No friendship is an accident.” ― O. Henry, Heart of the West
2. “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
3. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” — Henry David Thoreau
4. “A good friend is like a four leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” — Irish Proverb
5. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”— Helen Keller
6. “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” ― Elie Wiesel
7. “Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.” — Unknown
8. “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
9. “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
10. “Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.”— It’s a Wonderful Life
11. “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
12. “The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.” — Shanna Rodriguez
13. “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
14. “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
15. “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12.” — Stand by Me
16. “You’ve got a friend in me.” — Toy Story
17. “There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
18. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
19. “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” ― Aristotle
20. “Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who walked in to your life, said “I’m here for you,” and PROVED it.” — Unknown
21. “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
22. “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” — Proverbs 27:9
23. “There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.” ― Jim Henson, ‘I’m Going To Go Back There Someday’
24. “Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks.” — Waqar Ahmed
25. “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.” ― Socrates
26. “True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”― Nicole Richie
27. “Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.”— Virginia Woolfe
28. “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. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” ― Jim Morrison
29. “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” — Buddha
30. “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”— Anonymous
Short Friendship Quotes for Inspiration
31. “We’ll be friend ’til we’re old and senile. … Then we’ll be new friends!”— Anonymous
32. “A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.”— Anonymous
33. “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”— E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
34. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” — Elizabeth Foley
If you’re enjoying these quotes, you’ll love our collection of inspirational quotes for friends to show just how much they mean to you.
35. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson
36. “Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh you’re my best friend”— Queen
37. “Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.” — Anna Taylor
38. “If you wanna find out who’s a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time … then see who sticks around.” — Karen Salmonsohn
39. “The best mirror is an old friend.” ― George Herbert
40. “Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.” — N.R. Hart
41. “A true friend is someone who will always love you — the imperfect, the confused, the wrong you — because that is what people are supposed to do.” — R. J. L.
42. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
43. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?” Asked Piglet. “Even longer,” Pooh answered.” — Winnie The Pooh
44. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
45. “A friend to all is a friend to none.”― Aristotle
46. “Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” — Steve Maraboli
47. “In my friend, I find a second self.” — Isabel Norton
Did these friendship quotes help you realize the true meaning of friendship?
Many times, we think that we are a great friend, that we give and give, and that everyone else does not measure up.
But are we truly being honest about what it means to be selfless, to be there for another, to care as much about their happiness and well-being as we do our own?
More often than not, what people say to me is that they are frustrated that they are not getting in return what they are giving out. This means they are asking for something, or they have expectations of the other.
When it comes to true, deep friendships, it’s all about balance. Be a good friend, in order to have good, lasting friends.
May 5, 2019 5:00 AM EST