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30 True Friendship Quotes

Quotes that describe what true friendship is or is not. Find the thoughts of others about the qualities of a real friend.

While we may have acquaintances and friends a true friend is different. No matter what is going on, no matter how inconvenient a true friend is always willing to be there for you, both in good times and in bad.

Don't ever take this friendship for granted. As true friendship is rare to find!



  1. 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
    Friend



  2. The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Inspirational Quotes




  3. I learned that a real friendship is not about what you can get, but what you can give. Real friendship is about making sacrifices and investing in people to help them improve their lives. Eric Thomas
    Giving



  4. Most of us have business associates, casual acquaintances, and occasional companions. Real friends, on the other hand, are not so easy to acquire. Friendship rests upon more than accidental relationships or even association in a common task. Its roots lie in the spiritual realm. Al Bryant
    Relationship




  5. True friendship is effortless. Saying
    Inspirational Sayings



  6. It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends; the mean and the cowardly can never know what true friendship is. Charles Kinsley
    Coward



  7. The growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair. Sarah Orne Jewett
    Growth



  8. When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Famous Quotes




  9. Friends change . . . friendships change. Real friends move with these changes and talk about them as they are happening. Anne Wilson Schaeft
    Quotes about Change



  10. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. Author Unknown
    Quote of The Day



  11. To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship. Sallust
    Short Positive Quotes



  12. The reward of friendship is itself. The man who hopes for anything else does not understand what true friendship is. Saint Alfred of Rievaulx
    Hope



  13. The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses. David Storey
    Tolerance




  14. A true friendship is a journey without an end. Author Unknown
    Journey



  15. There is no better friendship booster than the ability to listen. The ability to show genuine interest in others is an admirable quality of a true friend. Phil Callaway, Making Life Rich Without Any Money
    Listening



  16. However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship. La Rochefoucauld
    Love



  17. To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed that can make this life a garden. Goethe
    Life



  18. 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
    Blessed




  19. True friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient; it's about being there when it's not. Author Unknown
    Positive



  20. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington
    Adversity



  21. But when you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship. Seneca
    Trust



  22. True friendship requires mutual submission, and a desire for the wellbeing of the other person, as well as the ability to effectively communicate. Chris Canuel, Restless In The Home
    Communication




  23. Good friendship is an intangible asset. M. K. Soni
    Good



  24. Emotional bond between two people, regardless of gender, occurs through shared experiences that involve intense, positive emotions. That is how people make good friendships. Philip Vang, Love: Relationship
    Experience



  25. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson Gentry
    Short Inspirational Quotes



  26. Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. Proverbs 18:24 (NRSV)
    Encouraging Bible Verses



  27. Friendship, in its truest sense, is next to love the most abused of words. One may call many "friend" and be still ignorant of that sentiment, cooler than passion, warmer than respect, more just and generous than either, which recognizes a kindres spirit in another, and claiming its right, keeps it sacred by the wise reserve that is to friendship what the purple bloom is the grape, a charm which once destroyed can never be restored. J. Alcott
    Respect




  28. Sharing and experiencing another person's joy is what true friendship is all about. Amy E. Dean
    Sharing



  29. Here's to good friends: one of life's greatest treasures. Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Friendship
    Short Quotes



  30. A true friend will challenge you to become better because he appreciates the potential inside you. Philip Freeman, How to Be a Friend
    Potential


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We hope our true friendship quotes have given you some positive thoughts on what being a true friend really means. The words expressed by the people in these quotes are ones that they feel represents a true friendship!


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Due to popular demand, we built this incredible list of the best friend quotes of all time!

True friendship is a sacred thing, and now hard to come by in this day in age, with trust issues running high. This article is for everyone out there who either has a best friend or is still looking for one.

If these quotes get you thinking about a friend of yours, go ahead and share the page with them, so they know how much they mean to you.

The 100 Best Friend Quotes of All Time

1. “A friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle

2. “Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks.” – Waqar Ahmed

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

4. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” – Socrates

5. “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” – Joseph F. Newton

6. “I get by with a little help from my friends.” – The Beatles

 

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7. “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

8. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

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

10. “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

11. “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” – Maxwell Maltz

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

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

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

15. “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

16. “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

17. “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

 

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18. “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

19. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau

20. “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

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

22. “A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.” – Anonymous

23. “True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.” – Unknown

24. “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

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

26. “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

27. “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

 

28th of 100 Best Friend Quotes

28. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” – Brandi Snyder

29. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buechner

30. “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

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

32. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts

33. “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

34. “My best friend, I would lie for, cry for, take a bullet for and straight up die for.” – Unknown

35. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams

36. “Friendship isn’t about who’m you’ve known the longest. It’s about who came and never left your side.” – Unknown

 

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

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

39. “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

40. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius

41. “No matter how serious life gets, you’ve still got to have that one person you can be completely stupid with.” – Unknown

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

43. “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

44. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

45. “A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you create them.” – Unknown

46. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” – Epicurus

47. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

 

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48. “Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.” – Unknown

49. “Some people only get called by nicknames. Usually it sounds weird to even say their real name.” – Unknown

50. “The best time to make friends is before you need them.” – Ethel Barrymore

51. “Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you.” – Unknown

52. “The most beautiful discovery true friends can make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elizabeth Foley

53. “It’s really amazing when two strangers become the best of friends, but it’s really sad when the best of friends become two strangers.” – Unknown

54. “We are best friends. Always remember that if you fall, I will pick you up. After I finish laughing.” – Unknown

55. “Sometimes me thinks, ‘what is a friend?’ And then me say, ‘friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'” – Cookie Monster

56. “A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

57. “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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58. “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re there.” – Unknown

59. “A true friend is the only person who never gets tired of listening to our own pointless dramas over and over again.” – Unknown

60. “I keep telling myself to stop talking to weirdos but then I wouldn’t have any friends left.” – Unknown

61. “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

62. “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

63. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” – Oscar Wilde

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True Friends Quotes

quotes about genuine friends

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 friendship quotes for you to ponder on.

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

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.

Your true friends might end up being those who you gave little attention. In this collection of fake friend quotes, you can hear your own stories.

True Friend Quotes

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Celebrate your person today by sharing with them one of these friendship quotes. Because: they’re your person! And life is better because they’re here.

Life is hard. It’s a blessing to go hand in hand.

Here are a bunch of friendship quotes to celebrate whoever makes you feel at home, wherever you go.

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No matter the distance, true friendship means you can never be apart.

40 Friendship Quotes That Speak to the Heart

1. “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

2. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” – Epicurus

3. “In the spiritual life nowhere do our ideals meet the actual more truly than in how we relate to each other, in how we make, sustain and are friends.” – James Ishmael Ford

4. “You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone.” – Betty Ford

5. “We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

6. “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

7. “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

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

9. “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

10. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

12. “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Shel Silverstein

13. No friendship is an accident. ― O. Henry, Heart of the West

14. “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

15. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elizabeth Foley

16. “Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” Jim Morrison

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

18. “Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.” – Robin Morgan

19. “What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence.” — Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

20. “Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

21. “No man is a failure who has friends.” It’s a Wonderful Life

22. “True friendship isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about being separated and nothing changes.” – Unknown

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

24. “The best mirror is an old friend.” George Herbert

25. “We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.” – Margaret Guenther

26. “I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.” – Katherine Mansfield

27. “A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

28. “'Stay' is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.” – Louisa May Alcott

29. “A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.” – Frank Crane

30. “All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

31. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ― Joan Powers, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book

32. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

33. “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “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

35. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” ― Henry David Thoreau

36. “The verb ‘to love’ in Persian is ‘to have a friend.’ ‘I love you’ translated literally is ‘I have you as a friend,’ and ‘I don’t like you’ simply means ‘I don’t have you as a friend.’” – Shusha Guppy

27. "True friends are always together in spirit.” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery

38. “Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it’s to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind.” – Moi

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

40. “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

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