Friendship Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Spiritual Quotes To Live By
Ben & Tyler (2016)

These friendship quotes and verse are all positive words of inspiration, that are uplifting to read through and appreciate those special people in our lives, they could also be used to let your friends know just how much they mean to you.

We all need friends to share life’s trials and joys, especially the trials – as it is when we are struggling the most, that we find out who our true friends are.

There is also a page of Friendship Sayings from unknown sources.

Friendship quotes are listed alphabetically on authors surname

A Friendship Quotes

We have three types of friends in life…
friends for a reason, friends for a season,
and friends for a lifetime.
Ziad K. Abdelnour 1960

The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.
Joseph Addison 1672 – 1719

Every friend we have represents a new world, a world that may not have existed had they not come into our life.
Steven Aitchison

My family consists of everyone I love dearly and not just the people who are related to me.
Steven Aitchison

Those who really know and care about you can hear you even when you haven’t spoken a word.
Steven Aitchison

A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend’s existence, makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.
Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us.
Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Aristotle 384BC – 322BC

B Friendship Quotes

Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
Richard Bach 1936

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.
Francis Bacon 1561 – 1626

The principal fruit of friendship is.. The ease and discharge of the fullness and swelling of the heart.
Francis Bacon 1561 – 1626

I thank you for my friends, for those who understand me better than I understand myself. For those who know me at my worst, and still like me. For those who have forgiven me when I had no right to expect to be forgiven. Help me to be as true to my friends as I would wish them to be to me.
William Barclay 1907 – 1978

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others.. Cannot keep it from themselves.
James Matthew Barrie 1860 – 1937

A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
Bible

A friend loveth at all times.
Bible

The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from the other.
Bible

I looked for my Soul, but my Soul I could not see.
I looked for my God, but my God eluded me.
I looked for a friend and then I found all three.

William Blake 1757 – 1827

Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth.. Wanting ten-times more to tell you a loving lie.
Robert Brault

I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far.
Robert Brault

Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.
Robert Brault

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.
Pam Brown 1948

In loneliness, in sickness, in confusion.. The mere knowledge of friendship makes it possible to endure, even if the friend is powerless to help, it is enough that they exist. Friendship is not diminished by distance or time.
Pam Brown 1948

Angels are my best friends, my companions and my teachers.
Lorna Byrne 1953

If we could acknowledge to ourselves and to our good friends that we love them, our lives would be more fulfilled and happy.
Lorna Byrne 1953

Keep the door open so that lost friends can walk back into your life. Friends are too precious to waste.
Lorna Byrne 1953

Friendship is love without his wings.
Lord Byron 1788 – 1824

C Friendship Quotes

Don’t walk in front of me.. I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me.. I may not lead.
Walk beside me.. And be my friend.

Albert Camus 1913 – 1960

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet, and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
Julia Child 1912 – 2004

Friends, though absent, are still present.
Marcus Tullius Cicero 106BC – 43BC

In prosperity our friends know us. In adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins 1848 – 1908

Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ And then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.’
Cookie Monster

Indians love their friends and kindred, and treat them with kindness.
Corn planter (Chief) c. 1732 – 1836

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

There is a point when you aren’t as much mom and daughter, as you are adults and friends.
Jamie Lee Curtis 1958

D Friendship Quotes

I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.
Princess Diana 1961 – 1997

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
Alexandre Dumas 1803 – 1870

E Friendship Quotes

What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
George Eliot 1819 – 1880

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

Real friendship is shown in times of trouble, prosperity is full of friends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, not the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one, when he discovers that someone else believes in him, and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

The only way to have a friend is… to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882

It is not so much our friends help that helps us, as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
Epicurus 341BC – 270BC

Of all the things which provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Epicurus 341BC – 270BC

Friends show their love in times of trouble.
Euripides 480BC – 406BC

F Friendship Quotes

Who you associate with shapes who you are.
Fabienne Fredrickson

Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.
Allan Frome

G Friendship Quotes

People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there.
Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948

Relationships are based on four principles: respect, understanding, acceptance and appreciation.
Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948

With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests.
Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948

True friendship comes when silence between two people becomes comfortable.
Dave Tyson Gentry

When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.
Richard Gere 1949

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.
Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931

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

To know someone with whom you can feel there is understanding, in spite of distances or thoughts expressed, that can make life a garden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 – 1832

Of all the Heavenly gifts that mortal men command
What trusty treasure in the world can countervail a friend?
What sweeter solace shall befall than one to find
Upon whose breast thou may’st repose the secrets of thy mind.

Nicholas Grimald 1519 – 1562

H Friendship Quotes

Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.
Hafiz 1325 – 1389

Our lives are filled with meeting wonderful people. Make sure those that have become a part of your life hear your words of appreciation.
Ace Antonio Hall 1966

When you plant a lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet, if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Thich Nhat Hanh 1926

Friendship is a horizon which expands whenever we approach it.
E. R. Hazlip

A friend is someone who knows all about you.. And loves you just the same.
Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915

Let us be kinder to one another.
Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963

I Friendship Quotes

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heave and sudden fall upon us she will endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Washington Irving 1783 – 1859

J Friendship Quotes

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but also in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Thomas Jefferson 1743 – 1826

Life experiences don’t come through machines.. That you get through people.
Samar Jodha

Drink in the beauty of friendship. In this world of constant change, we need the comfort of friendship more than ever before.
Susan Jeffers 1938 – 2012

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.
Samuel Johnson 1709 – 1784

K Friendship Quotes

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.
Charles Kuralt 1934 – 1997

L Friendship Quotes

Cherish every moment with those you love, at every stage of your journey.
Jack Layton

I get by with a little help from my friends.
John Lennon 1940 – 1980

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 1898 – 1963

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 1898 – 1963

Have I not destroyed my enemy, when I have made him into my friend?
Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865

Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my mother, with a capital M; she’s something sacred to me. I love her dearly… yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.
Sophia Loren 1934

The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter, what they mean to you.
Mike Love 1941

N Friendship Quotes

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for our future generations, and upon whose lives our lives our built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to… Teach us, and show us the Way.
Native American (Chinook Blessing) (part of poem)

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen 1932 – 1996

O Friendship Quotes

Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small, it takes time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
Georgia O’Keeffe 1887 – 1986

P Friendship Quotes

Nothing but Heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
Plautus 254BC – 184BC

R Friendship Quotes

May our house always be too small to hold all of our friends.
Myrtle Reed 1874 – 1911

Nothing on Earth can make life more worthwhile
Than a true, loyal friend and the warmth of a smile.

Helen Steiner Rice 1900 – 1981

Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.
Jean Paul Richter 1763 – 1825

No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.
Aelred of Rievaulx 1109 – 1167

The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.
Anthony Robbins 1960

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613 – 1680

Friendship with oneself is important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 – 1962

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

Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 – 1273

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 – 1273

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes, because for those who love with heart and Soul, there is no such thing as separation.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 – 1273

If you find a trusted friend, tell him the secrets of your Soul, if you see a rose, sing from your heart, like a nightingale.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 – 1273

S Friendship Quotes

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
Francis de Sales 1567 – 1622

When someone cares.. It is easier to speak, it is easier to listen, it is easier to play, it is easier to work. When someone cares it is easier to laugh.
Susan Schutz 1944

At times our own Light goes out and it is rekindled by a spark from another being. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965

In everyone’s life, at sometime, 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 1875 – 1965

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 1774 – 1843

My wife, my family, my friends.. They’ve all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell.. Loving someone is about giving, not receiving.
Nicholas Sparks 1965

Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.
Steven Spielberg 1946

A friend is a present you give yourself.
Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894

No man is useless.. While he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894

T Friendship Quotes

True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited. But in adversity they come without invitation.
Theophrastus 350BC – 285BC

Friends.. They cherish one another’s hopes, they are kind to one another’s dreams.
Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow 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 1817 – 1862

Your friends are the one true note in the dissonant music of life. They are there to commiserate and console, to act as sounding boards and healing centres, but most of all, simply to be there when you need them.
Penny Thornton

W Friendship Quotes

Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.
William Arthur Ward 1921 – 1994

Learn and grow all you can.
Serve and befriend all you can.
Enrich and inspire all you can.
William Arthur Ward 1921 – 1994

To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing.
Lilian Whiting 1859 – 1942

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892

Give and though shalt receive, give thoughts of cheer
Of courage and success to every friend and stranger
And from a thousand sources, far and near
Strength will be sent thee in thy hour of danger

Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850 – 1919

Finding an old friend is like finding a lost treasure.
Anthony Douglas Williams

Those that will always help a friend, will always have a friend.
Anthony Douglas Williams

Treat other animals as friends and they become friends.
Treat other animals as family and they become family.
Give other animals your love and they will love you in return.

Anthony Douglas Williams

Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us to rise to our best.
Joseph B. Wirthlin 1917 – 2008

Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.
Virginia Woolf 1882 – 1941

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 1926 – 2007

All friends are not for life, but if you have a true friend, you have a life.
Lois Wyse 1926 – 2007

For all of us, whether we walk old paths or blaze new trails, friends remain important.
Lois Wyse 1926 – 2007

Y Friendship Quotes

There are no strangers here..
Only friends you haven’t met yet.
William Butler Yeats 1865 – 1939

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
William Butler Yeats 1865 – 1939

Z Friendship Quotes

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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