From Mindy Kaling to Toni Morrison, authors say it best when it comes to matters of the heart.
My favorite love quotes also apply to my friends. “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.” This has been attributed to the brilliant Albert Camus, author of the fantastic novel The Stranger. Some sources claim that Camus never wrote or even said this. I still love the quote, no matter its genesis.
The following best friend quotes from books, though, came from some of the most iconic novels, memoirs, and philosophical works.
If you’re looking for a good friendship quote to share with your BFF, or you just need a little inspirational reminder of why your friends are there for you, take a look below at our collection of the best friendship quotes from books that remind us of the best parts of being friends:
1. It’s not about how many friends you have, but the quality of your friendships.
“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.” ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
2. Choose your friends wisely.
“If you have but one friend, make sure you choose her well.” ― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3. Respect is crucial in a friendship.
“Friendship — my definition — is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” ― Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Surround yourself with friends who celebrate your successes alongside you.
“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, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
5. A friend is there for you to help you when you need it most.
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
6. Friends tell you the truth, even when it’s not what you want to hear.
“Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts.” …