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90 Best Friend Quotes For a Deeper Bond

Dayna Remus
Aug 31, 2022
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Friendships, especially best friends, are essential to everyone's lives, providing fun, laughter, comfort, advice, and support. Read these 90 quotes to get in touch with that bonding spirit.

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Our friends are there no matter what happens or how hard or deep we fall. They are ready to pick us up, make us some tea, laugh over our past mistakes, and dream about our futures.

Having one close friend is the blessing of a lifetime, and many famous names appear to agree with this notion. These include Jennifer Aniston, Jane Austen, and even the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who all have a lot to say on the subject.

Read these 90 quotes to learn what true friendship really is.

Euripides’s quote: "One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."  | Image: AmoDays

Euripides’s quote: "One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." | Image: AmoDays

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QUOTES ON THE MEANING OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP

“Your friend is your needs answered." — Khalil Gibran

"My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” — Aristotle

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.” ― Richelle Mead, "Vampire Academy"

“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

“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” ― P.G. Wodehouse

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C.S. Lewis’ quotes: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” | Image: AmoDays

C.S. Lewis’ quotes: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” | Image: AmoDays

“Let the rest of the world beat their brains out for a buck. It’s friends that count. And I got friends.” ― Max Fabian, "All About Eve"

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“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

“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.” ― Jess C. Scott, "The Intern"

“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” ― Sarah Dessen, "Someone Like You"

"The one thing I know for sure is my girls will be there, no matter who else steps in the picture, my girls are my constant.” ― Ryan Pierce "Girls Trip"

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Walter Winchell’s “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”  | Image: AmoDays

Walter Winchell’s “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” | Image: AmoDays

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.” ― Irving Stone, "Clarence Darrow for the Defense"

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“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person, and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.” ― Gillian Anderson

“The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.” ― Jay McInerney, "The Last of the Savages"

“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ― Aristotle

“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” ― William Shakespeare, "The Passionate Pilgrim"

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Henri Nouwen’s quote: "Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.” | Image: AmoDays

Henri Nouwen’s quote: "Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.” | Image: AmoDays

“Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.” ― Margaret Lee Runbeck

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"Maybe sometimes it’s easier to be mad at the people you trust. Because you know they’ll always love you, no matter what.” ― Ann Brashares, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” — Henry Ford

“Friends…they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” — Henry David Thoreau

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” — Elisabeth Foley

Albert Camus’ quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Albert Camus’ quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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“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

“Louise, no matter what happens, I’m glad I came with you.” — Thelma, "Thelma & Louise"

"I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends.” — Jessica Tandy, "Fried Green Tomatoes"

"She longed for porch friendship, for the sticky, hot sensation of familiar female legs thrown over hers in companionship. She pined for the girliness of it all, the unplanned, improvisational laziness. She wanted to soak the words 'time management 'out of her lexicon. She wanted to hand over, to yield, to let herself float down the unchartered beautiful fertile musky swamp of life, where creativity and eroticism and deep intelligence dwell." Rebecca Wells, "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

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"They say nothing lasts forever. Dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” — Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex and the City"

 Khalil Gibran’s quote: “Your friend is your needs answered."  | Image: AmoDays

Khalil Gibran’s quote: “Your friend is your needs answered." | Image: AmoDays

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“Tonight, we give the pants the love of our sisterhood so we can take that love wherever we go.” Bridget Vreeland, "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants"

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” — Thomas J. Watson

"I don't know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn't had my girlfriends." — Reese Witherspoon.

“You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.” — Elizabeth Taylor

"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 [and] don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. " — Jon Katz

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Elizabeth Taylor’s quote: “You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.”  | Image: AmoDays

Elizabeth Taylor’s quote: “You find out who your real friends are when you’re involved in a scandal.” | Image: AmoDays

“False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.” — Richard Burton

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

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

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell

“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” — Bill Watterson, “Calvin and Hobbes”

Marlene Dietrich’s quote: "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."  | Image: AmoDays

Marlene Dietrich’s quote: "It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter." | Image: AmoDays

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“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession; friendship is never anything but sharing.” ― Elie Wiesel

"Distance means so little when someone means so much.” — Tom McNeal

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” — A. A. Milne

“As long as we share the same sky and breathe the same air, we’re still together.” — Donna Lynn Hope

"For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather." — Christina Rossetti

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Bill Watterson’s quote: "Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” | Image: AmoDays

Bill Watterson’s quote: "Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” | Image: AmoDays

“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

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"To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give." — Franka Potente

"Best friends, listen to what you don't say." — Samantha Norman

"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"True friends are always together in spirit." — L.M. Montgomery

Elie Wiesel’s “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession; friendship is never anything but sharing.”  | Image: AmoDays

Elie Wiesel’s “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession; friendship is never anything but sharing.” | Image: AmoDays

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“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

"A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down." — Arnold H. Glasgow

"Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer." — Jean de la Fontaine

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

“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

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Edward Young’s quote: “Friendship’s the wine of life.” | Image: AmoDays

Edward Young’s quote: “Friendship’s the wine of life.” | Image: AmoDays

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." — Euripides

"Sisters make the best friends in the world." — Marilyn Monroe

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"There's nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing." — Jennifer Aniston

"Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you." — Misty Copelan

“Friendship’s the wine of life.” — Edward Young, “Night Thoughts”

E.B. White’s quote: “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”  | Image: AmoDays

E.B. White’s quote: “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” | Image: AmoDays

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"A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." -— Len Wein

“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.” — Eustace Budgell

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

"Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand." — Henri Nouwen

“True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” — Nicole Richie

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Laurence J. Peter’s quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Laurence J. Peter’s quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

"It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds." — Gina Barreca

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"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” — Donna Roberts

"Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.” — Tennessee Williams

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.” — Maria Shriver

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

Linda Grayson’“There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.” | Image: AmoDays

Linda Grayson’“There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.” | Image: AmoDays

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“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.” — Leo Buscaglia

“Friends are the family you choose.“ — Jess C. Scot

“No friendship is an accident.” — O. Henry

SILLY QUOTES ABOUT FRIENDSHIP

“Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ Then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’” — Cookie Monster

“A good friend will help you move. But [a] best friend will help you move a dead body.” — Jim Hayes

Greg Tamblyn’s quote: “Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.” | Image: AmoDays

Greg Tamblyn’s quote: “Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.” | Image: AmoDays

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“If you are ever lucky enough to find a weirdo, never let them go.” — Matthew Gray Gubler

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” — Charles Lamb

"Athena versus Poseidon? I don't know. But I just know that I'll be fighting next to you. Why? Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?"' — Rick Riordan

“There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.” — Linda Grayson

“Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.” — Greg Tamblyn

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Cookie Monster’s quote: “Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ Then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’” | Image: AmoDays

Cookie Monster’s quote: “Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ Then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’” | Image: AmoDays

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’” — A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

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“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

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain

"There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen

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

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A.A. Milne’s quote:“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’” | Image: AmoDays

A.A. Milne’s quote:“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?’” | Image: AmoDays

SAD QUOTES ABOUT LOSING FRIENDS

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” — Seneca

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” — E.B. White, "Charlotte’s Web"

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” — Khalil Gibran

“Every deceased friend is a magnet drawing us into another world.” — Eliza Cook

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  | Image: AmoDays

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day” — Mitch Albom

“Don’t feel sad over someone who gave up on you; feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them.” — Frank Ocean

"If a friend disappoints you over and over, that's in large part your own fault." — Oprah Winfrey

"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Friendship never forgets. That is the wonderful thing about it." — Oscar Wilde

“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

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Eliza Cook’s quote: “Every deceased friend is a magnet drawing us into another world.” | Image: AmoDays

Eliza Cook’s quote: “Every deceased friend is a magnet drawing us into another world.” | Image: AmoDays

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