The 100 Best Friend Quotes of All Time

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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.

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

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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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64. “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch

65. “The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” – Eugene Kennedy

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

67. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – Winnie the Pooh

68. “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” Mark Twain


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69. “It scares me to trust people when the ones who promised will never leave, go. And the ones who say they will always be there, were never really there.” – Unknown

70. “Friendship means understanding, not agreement. It means forgiveness, not forgetting. It means the memories last, even if contact is lost.” – Unknown

71. “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.” – William Arthur Ward

72. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” Tony Robbins

73. “A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” – Arthur Brisbane

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74. “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

75. “Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.” – Unknown

76. “Like a wave out on the ocean, I will always come right back to you.” – Unknown

77. “Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.” – Charles Kingsley


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78. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.“ – Linda Grayson

79. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Gloria Naylor

80. “There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.” – Diana Cortes

81. “The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

82. “Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” – William James

83. “If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.” – Alice Duer Miller

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84. “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

85. “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” – Latin Proverb

86. “Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.” – Chanakya

87. “When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” – Japanese Proverb

88. “To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.” – Gaius Sallustius Crispus

89. “Say what you want about aging, it’s still the only way to have old friends.” – Robert Brault


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90. “Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.” – American Proverb

91. “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

92. “True friends do not judge each other, they judge people together.” – Unknown

93. “Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.” – Jacques Delille

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

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

96. “Hard times will always reveal true friends.” – Unknown

97. “When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” – Edgar Watson Howe

98. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran

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


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100. “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” – Jean de La Fontaine



Friendship is a very important and special thing to have in life. Sometimes it can be easy to have a lot of friends, but hard for even a few of those people to be true friends.

You’ll often have to remove negative friends from your life in order to lave yourself with the few that truly support you. That’s not an easy thing to do.

So I hope the best friend quotes we’ve compiled together here have brightened your day, and you have someone you can share these with.

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