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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.

Good Friends Quotes

1.) 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

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

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

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

5.) A friend in need is a friend indeed.

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

7.) 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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Inspirational Friends Quotes

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

9.) 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.

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

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

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

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Henry David Thoreau quote on being a friend.

On Friendship

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

14.) 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.

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

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

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

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

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

20.) A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.
Winnie the Pooh 

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

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

23.) 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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Funny Friends Quotations

24.) 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.

25.) 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

26.) A good friend is cheaper than therapy.

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

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

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Short Friends Quotes

29.) A friend to all is a friend to none.

30.) Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves.
Vincent Van Gogh

31.) A friend to all is a friend to none.

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

33.) Friendship’s the wine of life. 
Edward Young

34.) Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.
Sarah Dessen 

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

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

37.) A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.
Irish Proverb

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

38.) With him, we are easily great.

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

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

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

42.) No road is long with good company.
Irish saying

43.) The best mirror is an old friend.
George Herbert

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

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

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

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

48.) 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

Dale Carnegie Quote.

Bestie Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

55.) 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.

56.) Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.

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

58.) 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

59.) Friendships are discovered rather than made.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

George Washington Quotes

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

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

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

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

65.) Friendship always.

Fellowship Insights

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

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

68.) 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

69.) Fate chooses your relations; you choose your friends.
Jacques Delille

True Friends Quotes

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

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

71.) 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

72.) Hard times will always reveal true friends.

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

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

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

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

77.) 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

78.) 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

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

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

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

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

83.) Friendship improves happiness and abates misery by the doubling of our joy and diving of our grief.
Joseph Addison

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84.) 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

85.) 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

86.) Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Francesco Petrarch

87.) 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

Good Friends Quotes

88.) 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

89.) 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.

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

Friendship Quotes

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

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

93.) 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?

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

95.) 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

96.) 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.

97.) 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

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Dale Carnegie Quotations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

105.) To be interesting, be interested.

Heartfelt Friends Quotes

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

107.) 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

108.) You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we are apart, I’ll always be with you.
A.A. Milne

109.) Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 
Marcel Proust

110.) It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.
Gina Barreca

Beautiful Friends Quotes

111.) The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Elisabeth Foley

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

113.) 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

114.) When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.
Maria Shriver

115.) Friendship isn’t a big thing—it’s a million little things.
Paulo Coelho

The Art of Friendship

116.) 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

117.) The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
Hubert H. Humphrey

118.) A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.

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119.) A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.

120.) True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.
Nicole Richie

121.) Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Woodrow Wilson

122.) A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Walter Winchell 

123.) Life is better with friends.

124.) Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Maya Angelou

125.) No friendship is an accident.
O. Henry

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He’s the author of Best Sports Slogans and Captions. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought to market over 75 new gift and toy products — most of them dealing with wordplay.

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