Quotes about friendship

Cool Quotes About Friendship

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  • 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, Southern Mail, 1929, translated from French by Curtis Cate
  • The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. – Henry David Thoreau
  • You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone. – Betty Ford
  • Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again. – John O’Donohue
  • 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. – Octavia Butler
  • We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
  • It is a good thing to be rich, and it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved of many friends. – Euripides
  • A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one. – Author Unknown
  • A friendship that can end never really began – Publilius Syrus
  • Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. – Author Unknown
  • I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. – Plutarch
  • The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there. – Author Unknown
  • Do not save your loving speeches For your friends till they are dead; Do not write them on their tombstones, Speak them rather now instead. – Anna Cummins
  • Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. – Woodrow T. Wilson
  • A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. – Lois Wyse
  • The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. – Author Unknow
  • Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • The language of friendship is not words but meanings. – Henry David Thoreau
  • The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends. – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. – Benjamin Franklin
  • You always think you could have done more. That’s why you need a friend — to tell you you did all you could. – Robert Brault
  • The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses. – David Storey
  • Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. – Aristotle
  • 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
  • Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie. – Robert Brault
  • A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. – Leo Buscaglia
  • Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. – Anais Nin
  • 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
  • The friend within the man is that part of him which belongs to you and opens to you a door which never, perhaps, is opened to another. Such a friend is true, and all he says is true; and he loves you even if he hates you in other mansions of his heart. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert
  • There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul. – Edith Wharton
  • Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. – Virginia Woolf
  • Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. – Rod McKuen, Looking for a Friend (Thank you, Carolyn)
  • A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. – Author Unknown
  • Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. ― Linda Grayson
  • True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
  • True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. – Dave Tyson Gentry
  • What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. – Aristotle
  • I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. – Jon Katz
  • Probably no man ever had a friend that he did not dislike a little. – E.W. Howe
  • Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things. – Author Unknown
  • When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. – Henri Nouwen
  • If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. – George MacDonald
  • He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake
  • Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. – Plautus
  • It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Yes’m, old friends is always best, ’less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of. – Sarah Orne Jewett
  • A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Friendship is one mind in two bodies. – Mencius
  • It’s important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to the friendship that we are not. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
  • Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer. – Author Unknown
  • I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. – Thomas A. Edison
  • Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. – Khalil Gibran
  • If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort. – Terri Guillemets
  • We are each the star of our own situation comedy, and, with luck, the screwball friend in somebody else’s. – Robert Brault
  • Friendship is Love with jewels on, but without either flowers or veil. – Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
  • Friendship needs no words — it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. – Dag Hammarskjold
  • I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • In the spiritual life nowhere do our ideals meet the actual more truly than in how we relate to each other, in how we make, sustain and are friends. – James Ishmael Ford
  • I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far. – Robert Brault
  • Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. – Margaret Lee Runbeck, Answer Without Ceasing
  • A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself. – Frances Ward Weller
  • The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. – Author Unknown
  • My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. – Henry Ford
  • Say what you want about aging, it’s still the only way to have old friends. – Robert Brault
  • A bosom friend — an intimate friend, you know — a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  • Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. – Sicilian Proverb
  • True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. – David Tyson Gentry
  • 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
  • Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most. – American Proverb
  • Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. – Alexander Dumas
  • Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. – Shel Silverstein
  • A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should. – Author Unknown
  • Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? – Abraham Lincoln
  • Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. – Samuel Pepys
  • The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. – Elbert Hubbard
  • 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
  • It’s not how many friends you can count, it’s how many of those you can count on. – Anthony Liccione
  • The function of a friend is not to have a function. – Detlef Cordes
  • If 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
  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie
  • I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Friendship is Love, without his wings. – Lord Byron, L’Amitié est l’Amour sans Ailes
  • Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. – Oscar Wilde
  • The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. – Barbara Kingsolver
  • If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me. – Author Unknown
  • Friends can be said to “fall in like” with as profound a thud as romantic partners fall in love. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. – Alice Walker
  • The Friend asks no return but that his Friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other’s hopes. They are kind to each other’s dreams. – Henry David Thoreau
  • It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. – Epicurus
  • 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
  • She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. – Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don’t understand. – Robert Brault
  • 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
  • My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever. – George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons, 2011
  • 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
  • It takes a long time to grow an old friend. – John Leonard
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.- Oscar Wilde
  • The strongest marriage is between two who seek the same God, the strongest friendship between two who flee the same devil. – Robert Brault
  • Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. – Robert Brault
  • There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. – Paramahansa Yogananda
  • One doesn’t know, till one is a bit at odds with the world, how much one’s friends who believe in one rather generously, mean to one. – D.H. Lawrence
  • 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
  • Friends are the family you choose – Jess C. Scott
  • We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones. – Hafiz of Persia
  • I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. – Katherine Mansfield
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. – Grace Pulpit
  • 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
  • A friend is the only person you will let into the house when you are Turning Out Drawers. – Pam Brown
  • 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
  • The best time to make friends is before you need them. – Ethel Barrymore
  • Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. – Dean Koontz
  • Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. – Francesco Guicciardini
  • Friendship is a sheltering tree. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it. – Somerset Maugham
  • The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. – William Blake
  • It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. – Marlene Dietrich
  • 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
  • Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. – Samuel Butler
  • The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. – Elisabeth Foley
  • We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature. – Abraham Lincoln
  • There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship. – Author Unknown
  • A good friend is cheaper than therapy. – Author Unknown
  • Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant. – Socrates
  • Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive. – Anaïs Nin
  • What do we ask of friendship except to be taken for what we pretend to be — and without having to pretend. – Robert Brault
  • It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. – Marlene Dietrich
  • Hold a true friend with both your hands. – Nigerian Proverb
  • As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand. – Robert Brault
  • In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins
  • 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
  • I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. – Blaise Pascal
  • The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. – Aristotle
  • The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this? – Henry David Thoreau
  • We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young. – Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • True friends stab you in the front. – Oscar Wilde
  • Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. – Dorothy Parker
  • One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night. – Margaret Mead
  • Friends are relatives you make for yourself. – Eustache Deschamps
  • Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Journals, 1843
  • 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
  • A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. – William Penn
  • We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don’t hesitate to be a lighthouse. – Dodinsky
  • If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair. – Samuel Johnson
  • 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
  • A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. – Donna Roberts
  • A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. – Arnold Glasow
  • But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 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
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
  • Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. – Henry David Thoreau
  • A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad. – Arnold H. Glasgow
  • 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
  • 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
  • It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. – Henry Van Dyke
  • 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
  • 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
  • True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically. – Author Unknown (Internet, probably)
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  • A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard
  • Love is like the wild-rose briar; Friendship is like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose briar blooms, But which will bloom most constantly? – Emily Brontë
  • But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. – Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
  • Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. – Shirley MacLaine
  • How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em. – Shel Silverstein
  • Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. – Charles Lamb
  • A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart. – Attributed to Heather Pryor
  • A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. – Douglas Pagels
  • We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. – Ray Bradbury
  • One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. – George Santayana
  • In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. – Khalil Gibran
  • Yes we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don’t want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn’t bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. – Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992
  • 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

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