Friends Quotes

Here is our collection of friends’ quotes carefully chosen to help you address some of the closest people in your life.

These thoughts and sayings are great for cards, social media, and more. Have a look and see if you recognize any of your close associates in these memorable words.

Good Friends Quotes

My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways, they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.
Helen Keller

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

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
Helen Keller

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head.

A stranger stabs you in the front. A friend stabs you in the back. A boyfriend stabs you in the heart. Best friends poke each other with straws.

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Salt of the Earth

A real friend is someone who would feel lost if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.

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.

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.

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

Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them — your smile, your hope, and your courage.
Doe Zantamata

On Friendship

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

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.

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

To like and dislike the same things is what makes a solid friendship.

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

A good friend listens to your adventures, a best friend makes them with you.

True friends do not judge each other, they judge people together.

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.
Walter Winchell

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

Funny Quotations

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept, because you will gain one friend.

When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, “Damn, that was fun.”
Groucho Marx

A good friend is cheaper than therapy.

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

You and I are more than friends. We’re like a really small gang.

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Short and to the Point

A friend to all is a friend to none.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

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

Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.
Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With him, we are easily great.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Good Company

There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.
Thomas Fuller

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Jean de La Fontaine

No road is long with good company.
Irish saying

The best mirror is an old friend.
George Herbert

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

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

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

The way you see people is the way you treat them.
Zig Ziglar

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I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Francis Bacon

Say what you want about aging; it’s still the only way to have old friends.
Robert Brault

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore, So much the better; you may laugh the more.
Henry Ward Beecher

True friends face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, and goals.
C.S. Lewis

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
Henry David Thoreau

Best friends don’t necessarily have to talk every day. They don’t even need to talk for weeks. But when they do, it’s like they never stopped talking.

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.

Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.
Bill Watterson

The thing needed to women (and to men too) is these friendships without love between men and women. And if between married men and married women, all the better.
Florence Nightingale

Friendships are discovered rather than made.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller

George Washington

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.

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

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

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There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

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

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.
Jacques Delille

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Benjamin Franklin

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.
Doug Larson

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 Johnston Peter

Hard times will always reveal true friends.

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

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Gibran Khalil Gibran

Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends
with anyone else in the world.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

F.R.I.E.N.D.S.: Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you.

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal – one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier

Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.
Mary Anne Evans

A Lasting Bond

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

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

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Thomas Alva Edison

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

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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

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Francesco Petrarch

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our chief want in life is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend.
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Charles Robert Darwin

To take the advice of some few friends is ever honorable; for lookers-on, many times see more than gamesters and the vale best discovereth the hill.


Friends are the leaders of the bosom, being more ourselves than we are, and we complement our affections in theirs.
Bronson Alcott

Where you have friends you should not go to inns.
George Eliot

More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?

If I mayn’t tell you what I feel, what is the use of a friend?

I take of worthy men whate’er they give:
Their heart I gladly take, if not, their hand;
If that, too, is withheld, a courteous word,
Or the civility of placid looks.
Joanna Baillie

Friendship maketh a fair day in the affections, from storm and tempest; but it maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts.

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Dale Carnegie

Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.

Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.

Actions speak louder than words. A smile says, “I like you. I am glad to see you.”

A person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Arouse in the other person an eager want. He who can do this has the whole world with him.

There is only one way to get the best of an argument — and that is to avoid it.

Three-fourths of the people you will meet are hungering for sympathy. Give it to them and they will love you.

To be interesting, be interested.

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By Andy Atticus

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