30 Friendship Quotes

What is a true friend? 

Friends may vary in shape and size, but we can all agree that friends will:

  • Make you smile when you are sad
  • Listen, when you need to talk
  • Help you get well when you are sick
  • Defend you, when you are weak
  • Guide you when you drift astray

Building strong relationships with others can improve every aspect of your life. This collection of quotes is dedicated to finding and holding onto your favorite friends. Enjoy!

30 Classic Friendship Quotes

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1. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ― Elbert Hubbard

2. A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity. – Robert Hall

3. A friend to all is a friend to none. – Aristotle

4. A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. – John D. Rockefeller

5. A hug is like a boomerang, you get it back right away. – Bil Keane

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

7. A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. – Arnold H. Glasow

8. 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

9. Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. – George Washington

10. But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. – Thomas Jefferson

11. The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. ― Bob Marley

12. 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

13. Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go. – Margaret Walker

14. Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. – Aristotle

15. 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

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. – C. S. Lewis

16. Friendship… is 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. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ― Mark Twain

18. I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. – Robert Brault

19. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever. ― Alfred Tennyson

20. 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

21. It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ― Friedrich Nietzsche

22. It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

24. 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

25. There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ― Linda Grayson

26. 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

27. Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. – William Butler Yeats

28. True friends stab you in the front. – Oscar Wilde

29. It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter. - Marlene Dietrick

30. The best mirror is an old friend. - George Herbert

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