55 Inspiring Friendship Quotes To Show Your Best Friends How Much You Love Them

Where would you be without your BFF?

Childhood friends. School friends. Neighborhood friends. College friends. Work friends. Best friends. Boyfriends. Girlfriends.

We work our entire lives building friendships. From preschool, where we all learn that “it takes a friend to make a friend,” through adulthood, where we mingle at bars and water coolers, we crave closeness with other human beings.

We just need to know that someone out there “gets us.”

Whether we have a small group of close friends or an expanded group of personalities, each of our friendships brings something new to our lives, inspiring us to see the world a totally different way, giving us a new shoulder to lean on, and a new cheerleader to root us on.

Friendships come in all sorts of forms: serious ones, like the college friend you discuss politics with, silly ones, like the squad you do Halloween with, chill ones, like your wine and Netflix buddy. Some friendships even turn into something more.

Each friendship offers something totally unique — and irreplaceable. Each friendship ultimately makes us who we are.

This is why we spend so much time cultivating these relationships and learning how to be a goodfriend. This is why we show up after breakups, at graduations, at weddings, and at funerals. This is why near or far, our friends hold a special place in our hearts forever.

We all know, a true friend is hard to find. So when you do find one, hang on tight! It also doesn’t hurt to let your best friends know every now and then just how much they mean to you. These friendship quotes perfectly describe the beauty of friendship.

So go ahead and share one with your sister from another mister or brother from another mother. (And maybe learn a few important lessons long the way about being a good friend.)

Here are 55 inspirational friendship quotes and memes to share with those funny, amazing people in your life who are special beyond compare.

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

—Henry David Thoreau

3. “No friendship is an accident.” 

― O. Henry, Heart of the West

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 sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise 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. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” 

— Martin Luther King Jr.

16. “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

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

― Aristotle

18. “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

19. “There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.” 

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

20. “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

21. “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” 

— Proverbs 27:9

22. “There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.” 

― Jim Henson, “I’m Going To Go Back There Someday”

23. “When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.”

— Diane von Furstenburg

24. “There is nothing I wouldn’t 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

25. “Only a true friend would be that truly honest.” 

— Shrek

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

— WaqarWaqar Ahmed

27. “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.” 

― Socrates

28. “True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”

― Nicole Richie

29. “Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.”

— Virginia Woolfe

30. “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12.” 

— Stand by Me

31. “True friendship is never serene.”

— Marquise de Sevigne

32. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

— The Beatles

33. “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

34. “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

35. “Friends should be like books, few, but hand-selected.” 

― C.J. Langenhoven

36. “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

37. “We’ll be friend ’til we’re old and senile. … Then we’ll be new friends!”


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

— Anonymous

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

— E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

40. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

— Elizabeth Foley

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

― Linda Grayson

42. “A friend is someone who makes it easy to believe in yourself.” 

— Heidi Wills

43. “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

44. “Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.” 

— Anna Taylor

45. “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

46. “The best mirror is an old friend.” 

― George Herbert

47. “Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.” 

— N.R. Hart

48. “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.

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?” Asked Piglet. “Even longer,” Pooh answered.” 

— Winnie The Pooh

51. “You’ve got a friend in me.” 

— Toy Story

52. “A friend to all is a friend to none.”

― Aristotle

53. “Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” 

— Steve Maraboli

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

— Martin Luther King Jr.

55. “In my friend, I find a second self.” 

— Isabel Norton

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