200 Best Friend Quotes for the Perfect Bond

Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018

Best friends are the people you turn to when you need to talk or if you simply want to laugh. Best friends are always there for you through thick and thin. If you’re looking for a way to show your BFF how much they mean to you, these quotes about friendship are perfect for you.

We’ve gathered 200 quotes that celebrate all aspects of friendship. There are heartwarming best friend quotes that will show your bestie how special you think they are. There are also funny friendship quotes that will make your best friend crack up. No matter what type of friendship quote you’re looking for, there’s sure to be a saying here that you’ll love. Once you’ve found a quote or two that you like, create an adorable gift for your BFF by adding the quote to a personalized pillow, mug or blanket.

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The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

Hubert H. Humphrey

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

Jim Morrison

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

Marcel Proust

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

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 good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.

Irish Proverb

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

True friends are like diamond—bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style.

Nicole Richie

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

Anna Taylor

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Anais Nin

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

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

Woodrow T. Wilson

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

Ed Cunningham

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.

Unknown

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

Ethel Barrymore

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

Jean de la Fontaine

A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have.

Sarah Valdez

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.

Leo Buscaglia

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.

Henry van Dyke

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.

Bill Watterson

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

Thomas Aquinas

The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.

Chelsea Handler

Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it's good just knowing they are there.

Unknown

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

Virginia Woolf

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

John Leonard

Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them‰Û your smile, your hope and your courage.

Doe Zantamata

Best friends can turn a horrible day into one of the best days of your life.

Nathanael Richmond

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.

Grace Pulpit

Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

William Blake

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.

Shanna Rodriguez

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

Aristotle

I get by with a little help from my friends.

The Beatles

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

C.J. Langenhoven

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

Steve Maraboli

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

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich

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

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

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 listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say.

Unknown

Best friend: someone you can only stay mad at for so long because you have important things to talk about.

Unknown

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Donna Roberts

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell

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

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

A.A. Milne

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

Helen Keller

Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.

Margaret Lee Runbeck

A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously and continues a friend unchangeably.

William Penn

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship.

Dorothy Parker

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Life is nothing without friendship.

Cicero

Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.

Greg Tamblyn

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb

In my friend, I find a second self.

Isabel Norton

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

Tennessee Williams

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.

Plautus

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.

George Santayana

The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.

Giotto di Bondone

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson

There's not a word yet for old friends who've just met.

Jim Henson

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.

Francois Muriac

What is a friend? I will tell you: it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.

Frank Crane

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are.

Unknown

Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know that they are always there.

Unknown

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

Douglas Pagels

You can always tell when two people are best friends because they're always having way more fun than it makes sense for them to be having.

Unknown

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

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

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

A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you create them.

Unknown

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

Epicurus

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.

Charles Darwin

A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.

Unknown

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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.

A.A. Milne

Where there are friends, there is wealth.

Plautus

Friendship involves many things but, above all the power of going outside oneself and appreciating what is noble and loving in another.

Thomas Huxley

Few delights can equal the mere presence of someone we utterly trust.

George MacDonald

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.

Lois L. Kaufman

Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.

John Evelyn

Actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

George Washington

If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky.

S.E. Hinton

The best mirror is an old friend.

George Herbert

Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.

Vincent van Gogh

Friendship is the comfort that comes from knowing that even when you feel all alone, you aren't.

Unknown

The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment is a secret which but few discover.

Joseph Addison

Wherever you are, it's your friends who make your world.

William James

No road is long with good company.

Turkish Proverb

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.

Barbara Kingsolver

I define friendship as a bond that transcends all barriers. When you are ready to expect anything and everything from friends, good, bad or ugly... that's what I call true friendship.

Harbhajan Singh

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

Robert Louis Stevenson

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.

Amos Bronson Alcott

My friends are my estate.

Emily Dickinson

It's not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that counts.

J.M. Laurence

My friends have made the story of my life.

Helen Keller

Friendship is another word for love.

Unknown

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung

That is the best thing that anybody can be to anybody else—a friend.

Alexander McCall Smith

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.

Richard Bach

Though time and miles may separate us, I have built a bridge of lovely memories to span the distance.

Virginia Tubbs

Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.

Anna Deavere Smith

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.

Sophie Swetchine

Friendship! Mysterious cement of the soul, Sweetener of life, and solder of society.

Robert Blair

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.

Augustine Birrell

People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.

Lisa See

There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.

Socrates

When we seek to discover the best in others we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

William Arthur Ward

Friendship is something that is cultivated.

Thalia

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.

Robert Southey

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

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

Khalil Gibran

Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world.

Henry Drummond

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.

William Rotsler

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

George Eliot

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

Sydney Smith

Friendship is something whose depth fits human aspirations and fulfills human possibilities.

Eugene Kennedy

A friend is not the shadow that mimics you, but the one who casts all shadows away.

Shannon L. Alder

A true friend is one you can go extended periods without seeing or talking to, yet the moment that you are back in touch, it's like no time has passed at all.

Ellie Wade

A friend is an emotional bond, just like friendship is a human experience.

Simon Sinek

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.

Proverbs

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.

Len Wein

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare—and precious as a pearl.

Tahar Ben Jelloun

To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing.

Lilian Whiting

As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand.

Robert Brault

The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around.

Renee Olstead

No friendship is an accident.

O. Henry

Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.

N.R Hart

Friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Rabindranath Tagore

In life have a friend that's like a mirror and shadow; Mirror doesn't lie and shadow never leaves.

Unknown

Best friends are the people in your life who make you smile brighter, laugh louder and live better.

Unknown

Best friends make the good times better and the hard times easier.

Unknown

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.

Alexandre Dumas

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

True friendship is like phosphorescence—it glows best when the world around you goes dark.

Denise Martin

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

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

John Churton Collins

Long friendships are like jewels, polished over time to become beautiful and enduring.

Celia Brayfield

True friends are families which you can select.

Audrey Hepburn

Friends don't let friends do silly things...alone.

Unknown

Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can't pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while.

Unknown

Forever friends are a treasure chest of understanding and compassion. Cherish them.

Amy Leigh Mercree

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Brandi Snyder

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

Treat your friends as you do your best pictures, and place them in their best light.

Jennie Churchill

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.

Henry David Thoreau

Friends fill your life with joy, your soul with sunshine and your heart with love.

Unknown

In this lifetime, if there's anything you need, it's a best friend.

Lea Michele

The making of friends who are real friends is the best token we have of a man's success in life.

Edward Everett Hale

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

Richard Bach

Friendship is sharing openly, laughing often, trusting always and caring deeply.

Unknown

Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.

Joseph Parry

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

Nigerian Proverb

To be with old friends is very warming and comforting.

Ian Ziering

Friends are born, not made.

Henry Adams

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

Francesco Guicciardini

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.

Oscar Wilde

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.

Katherine Mansfield

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