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80+ Best Inspirational Quotes on Friendship

Finding a real friend in life is something to value, for a close friend gets us through many hardships and lightens our hearts. These inspirational quotes for friends are perfect for sharing with any friend in life, old or new. Let a great friend know how much they matter by expressing some famous quotes from below or sending them a card with one of these friends’ quotes listed inside. However these quotes on true friendship are communicated, a good friend is sure to appreciate it and feel the same.

Inspirational Quotes About the Importance of Friendship

There is nothing in this world like a good friend. They make you laugh, hold you when you cry, and are there throughout every twist and turn life may bring. Find a good friendship quote below that will bring back all the nostalgic, fun memories.

“Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

-Jane Howard

“I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough.”

-Walt Whitman

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

Mark Twain

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

-Audrey Hepburn

“Good company is important; it helps to cultivate good qualities.”

Sathya Sai Baba

“One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine.”

-Matshona Dhliwayo

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.”

-Charles Darwin

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

-Marcel Proust

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

-Thomas Aquinas


“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

-Carl Jung

“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.”


“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

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“True friendship is like sound health. The value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”

-Charles Caleb Colton

“A genuine enemy is more useful than a fake friend.”

-Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”

-Rachel Naomi Remen

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.”

-Winnie The Pooh

“Friendship is what gets you through the bad times and helps you enjoy the good times.”


“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We cannot hope to only leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend.”

-George H. W. Bush

“If you have crazy friends, you have everything you’ll ever need.”


“Every new friend is a new adventure… the start of more memories.”

Patrick Lindsay

“A good book is like a good friend. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. When you first get to know it, it will give you excitement and adventure, and years later, it will provide you with comfort and familiarity. And best of all, you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone you love enough to let into its secrets.”

-Charlie Lovett

“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

Quotes About True Friendship

A true friend is someone who accepts you as you are and isn’t going anywhere. Everyone needs a ride or die friend that is there till the end! Browse the quotes below to connect with what it means to have and to be a good friend.

“Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.”

-G. Randolf

“I’m honestly lucky to have a best friend that knows me better than anybody else and has went through hell and back with me and is still here.”

-Soft Grung

“A friend is someone you want to be around when you feel like being alone.”

-Barbara Burrow


“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

-Elbert Hubbard

“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

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

-Bernard Meltzer

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

-Jodie Foster

“Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.”

-George Eliot

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

“If I call you a friend, I mean it. You are now on par with being a family member.”

-Leah Remini


“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

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


“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

-Proverbs 27:9

“A true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else believes the smile on your face.”


“What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?”

-Anais Nin

Friendship Quotes About Love

Love and friendship are often entangled either romantically or in a familial sense; best friends turn into lovers or close friends are viewed as a sister. Enjoy the love quotes below on how friendship and love are nearly the same.

“As rare as true love is, true friendship is still rarer.”

-Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

-E.B. White Charlotte’s Web

“Friendship has splendors that love knows not.”

-Mariama Bâ

“Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.”

-Herman Melville

“Friendship is love minus sex plus reason: Love is friendship plus sex minus reason.”

-Mason Cooley

“Be friends first when you’re dating. If it turns into something more, that’s awesome, and if not, you have another friend.”

-Taylor Swift


“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.”

-John O’Donohue

Quotes About a Fake Friend

There is no worse pain than discovering a loved one is not as true or loyal as once perceived. But this pain of letting go of a false friend is only a gain in the end as it leaves room for current or new friendships to grow.

“True friends esteem you of greater worth than you feel deserving. False friends demand you prove that worth.”

-Richelle E. Goodrich

“Fake friends are like shadows: always near you at your brightest moments, but nowhere to be seen at your darkest hour. True friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but they are always there.”

-Habeeb Akande

“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.”


“The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.”

-Robert Southey

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.”

-Richard Burton

“Hard times will always reveal true friends.”


“True enemies are better than false friends.”

-Matshona Dhliwayo

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

-Proverbs 17:17


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Losing friends that are easily lost is no loss at all.”

-The Stoic Emperor

“It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.”

-Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Travel Quotes About Friendship & Distance

Friendships are blossomed with all kinds of people, in all different places, at different stages in our life. Distance, in time or miles, can be the hardest thing when you love someone, but it holds nothing over the power of true friendship. Send these quotes to travel friends met on some great adventure or distant friends from childhood; either way, they will love these sweet messages.

“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

“Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Dr. Seuss

“There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.”


“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

“Good friends never say goodbye. They simply say, ‘See you soon.'”


“Those truly linked don’t need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, their friendship is as true as ever.”

-Deng Ming-Dao

“Happiness is being with an old friend after a long time, and feeling like nothing has changed.”


“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.”

-John Leonard

Funny Friendship Quotes

“There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

-Linda Grayson

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


“The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.”

-Mark Twain

“There’s nothing quite like the pain in your stomach from laughing too hard with your best friend.”



“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

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


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


“The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne.”

-Samuel Johnson

“Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.”

-Elbert Hubbard

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Katee Fletcher

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