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Welcome to our collection of the very best friendship quotes we could find. We hope you enjoy pondering them. If you do, please share! Wishing you all the most special of friendships in your lives!

quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero: Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. with background image: two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero
quote by Unknown Author: Friends are the family you choose. with background image: persons hand with white manicure
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Friends are the family you choose.

--Unknown Author
quote by J. Donald Walters: Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake. with background image: photo of author J. Donald Walters with quote

Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.

--J. Donald Walters
quote by John C. Maxwell: Keeping score is for games, not friendships. with background image: men walking on road
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Keeping score is for games, not friendships.

--John C. Maxwell
quote by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Friendships are discovered rather than made. with background image: photo of author Harriet Beecher Stowe with quote

Friendships are discovered rather than made.

--Harriet Beecher Stowe
quote by Jordan Peterson: If you have a friend whose friendship you wouldn’t recommend to your sister, or your father, or your son, why would you have such a friend for yourself? with background image: photo of author Jordan Peterson with quote

If you have a friend whose friendship you wouldn’t recommend to your sister, or your father, or your son, why would you have such a friend for yourself?

--Jordan Peterson

Longer Version:

Here’s something to consider: If you have a friend whose friendship you wouldn’t recommend to your sister, or your father, or your son, why would you have such a friend for yourself? You might say: out of loyalty. Well, loyalty is not identical to stupidity. Loyalty must be negotiated, fairly and honestly. Friendship is a reciprocal arrangement. You are not morally obliged to support someone who is making the world a worse place. Quite the opposite. You should choose people who want things to be better, not worse. It’s a good thing, not a selfish thing, to choose people who are good for you. It’s appropriate and praiseworthy to associate with people whose lives would be improved if they saw your life improve.


quote by Robert Louis Stevenson: We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. with background image: photo of author Robert Louis Stevenson with quote

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
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The only way to have a friend is to be one. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Kahlil Gibran: Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. with background image: photo of author Kahlil Gibran with quote

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

--Kahlil Gibran
quote by Euripides: One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. with background image: photo of author Euripides with quote

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.

--Euripides
quote by Ethel Barrymore: The best time to make friends is before you need them. with background image: three woman holding hands white walking
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The best time to make friends is before you need them.

--Ethel Barrymore
quote by Baltasar Gracian: Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. with background image: photo of author Baltasar Gracian with quote

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

--Baltasar Gracian

Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.

--Anna Deavere Smith
quote by Linda Grayson: There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. with background image: sunset grasslands
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There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.

--Linda Grayson
quote by Sare and Cate: Friends are the sailors who guide your rickety boat safely across the dangerous waters of life. with background image: red
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Friends are the sailors who guide your rickety boat safely across the dangerous waters of life.

--Sare and Cate

quote by Christopher Daniels: A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body. with background image: golden retriever inside car
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A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.

--Steven J. Daniels
quote by Randolf: Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. with background image: mountains under starry sky during nighttime
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Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget.

--G. Randolf
quote by Anna Mickelson: 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. with background image: silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
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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 Mickelson
quote by Samantha Norman: Best friends listen to what you don't say. with background image: silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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Best friends listen to what you don't say.

--Samantha Norman


quote by Moywaywa: Good friends are like angels. You don't have to see them to know they are there for you. with background image: white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair
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Good friends are like angels. You don't have to see them to know they are there for you.

--Moywaywa
quote by Donna Roberts: A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. with background image: time lapse photography of fire
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A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

--Donna Roberts
quote by Eustace Budgell: Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. with background image: four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.

--Eustace Budgell
quote by William Rotsler: How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. with background image: pink flower
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How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.

--William Rotsler
quote by George Clason: It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend.

--George Clason
quote by Alexander Dumas: Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. with background image: low-angle photo of white daisy
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Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.

--Alexander Dumas
quote by Andre Maurois: What men call friendship is only social intercourse, an exchange of favours and good offices; it comes down to a commercial dealing in which self-esteem always expects to profit. with background image: photo of author Andre Maurois with quote

What men call friendship is only social intercourse, an exchange of favours and good offices; it comes down to a commercial dealing in which self-esteem always expects to profit.

--Andre Maurois
quote by Ann Richards: A road to a friend's house is never long. with background image: photo of author Ann Richards with quote

A road to a friend's house is never long.

--Ann Richards


quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. with background image: photo of author Anne Morrow Lindbergh with quote

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

--Anne Morrow Lindbergh
quote by Anonymous: Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: Friendship is the candle that lights up your heart whenever it is dark outside. with background image: white analog wall clock at 11 00
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Friendship is the candle that lights up your heart whenever it is dark outside.

--Anonymous


quote by Bernard Meltzer: A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. with background image: pink petaled flower
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A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

--Bernard Meltzer



quote by Charles Caleb Colton: Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity. with background image: red tulip flowers under calm blue sky
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Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.

--Charles Caleb Colton


quote by Crystal Woods: Ten minutes with a genuine friend is better than years spent with anyone less. with background image: red and yellow abstract painting
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Ten minutes with a genuine friend is better than years spent with anyone less.

--Crystal Woods
quote by Dean Koontz: If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends. with background image: brown short coated dog sitting on gray carpet
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If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends.

--Dean Koontz

quote by Dean Smith: As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something. with background image: brown chopped logs
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As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.

--Dean Smith

An honest answer is the sign of true friendship.

--E.W. Howe



quote by Eugene Kennedy: The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? with background image: man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
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The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?

--Eugene Kennedy
quote by Euripides: Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows. with background image: photo of author Euripides with quote

Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows.

--Euripides
quote by Euripides: Life has no blessing like a prudent friend. with background image: photo of author Euripides with quote

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

--Euripides

quote by Gina Barreca: It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds. with background image: man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds.

--Gina Barreca

Longer Version:

It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds. It's your best friends who are supremely resilient, made under pressure and of astonishing value. They're everlasting; they can cut glass if they need to.


quote by Henry Brooks Adams: A friend in power is a friend lost. with background image: photo of author Henry Brooks Adams with quote

A friend in power is a friend lost.

--Henry Brooks Adams
quote by Henry Van Dyke: A friend is what the heart needs all the time. with background image: photo of author Henry Van Dyke with quote

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.

--Henry Van Dyke
quote by Hubert Humphrey: The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. with background image: body of water under cloudy sky at night
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The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

--Hubert Humphrey
quote by Irish Proverb: A best friend is like a fourleaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. with background image: round ceramic bowl with lighted candle
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A best friend is like a fourleaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

--Irish Proverb
quote by Jacques Delille: Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.

--Jacques Delille

Choose thy friends like thy books, few but choice.

--James Howell
quote by Jean de la Bruyere: Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings. with background image: white and red flower with green leaves
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Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.

--Jean de la Bruyere

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

--John Leonard

quote by Katherine Mansfield: The truth is friendship is every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage. with background image: photo of author Katherine Mansfield with quote

The truth is friendship is every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage.

--Katherine Mansfield


quote by Lin Yutang: Only friendship which can stand occasional plain speaking is worth having. with background image: photo of author Lin Yutang with quote

Only friendship which can stand occasional plain speaking is worth having.

--Lin Yutang
quote by Lucy Larcom: A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest. with background image: photo of author Lucy Larcom with quote

A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest.

--Lucy Larcom
quote by Mandy Hale: You don't lose friends because real friends can never be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends and you're better for it. with background image: two people standing on grey rock under white clouds
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You don't lose friends because real friends can never be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends and you're better for it.

--Mandy Hale
quote by Mariella Frostrup: Every friendship goes through ups and downs. Dysfunctional patterns set in; external situations cause internal friction; you grow apart and then bounce back together. with background image: photo of author Mariella Frostrup with quote

Every friendship goes through ups and downs. Dysfunctional patterns set in; external situations cause internal friction; you grow apart and then bounce back together.

--Mariella Frostrup
quote by Mariella Frostrup: Sustaining true friendship is a lot more challenging than we give it credit for. with background image: low angle photograph of man and woman kissing
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Sustaining true friendship is a lot more challenging than we give it credit for.

--Mariella Frostrup
quote by Mario Puzo: Friendship and money: oil and water. with background image: four person standing beside wall
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Friendship and money: oil and water.

--Mario Puzo
quote by Marion Cotillard: I think in friendship, you want to be there for your friend, and sometimes you just don't know what to do or the relationship you have with them is not clear enough for you to know what to do. with background image: photo of author Marion Cotillard with quote

I think in friendship, you want to be there for your friend, and sometimes you just don't know what to do or the relationship you have with them is not clear enough for you to know what to do.

--Marion Cotillard

quote by Mason Cooley: Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason. with background image: silhouette of kneeling man
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Friendship is love minus sex and plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex and minus reason.

--Mason Cooley

Complete your world with those who wish to be in it.

--Mitta Xinindlu

A genuine enemy is more useful than a fake friend.

--Mokokoma Mokhonoana
quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature. with background image: photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne


quote by Oscar Levant: I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddam friends… they are the ones that keep me walking the floor nights. with background image: photo of author Oscar Levant with quote

I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddam friends… they are the ones that keep me walking the floor nights.

--Oscar Levant
quote by Osho: Friendship is the purest love. with background image: two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water
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Friendship is the purest love.

--Osho

Longer Version:

Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.



quote by Pam Brown: Odd how much it hurts when a friend moves away -- and leaves behind only silence. with background image: snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock
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Odd how much it hurts when a friend moves away -- and leaves behind only silence.

--Pam Brown

quote by Peter Nivio Zarlenga: The best mirror is an old friend. with background image: four person standing beside wall
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The best mirror is an old friend.

--Peter Nivio Zarlenga
quote by Philibert Joseph Roux: Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.

--Philibert Joseph Roux
quote by Plautus: Where there are friends there is wealth. with background image: silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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Where there are friends there is wealth.

--Plautus
quote by Plautus: Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. with background image: close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

--Plautus
quote by Plautus: Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. with background image: black and white window illustration
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Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.

--Plautus

To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses.

--Publilius Syrus

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

--Publilius Syrus

quote by Ringo Starr: I get by with a little help from my friends. with background image: photo of author Ringo Starr with quote

I get by with a little help from my friends.

--Ringo Starr
quote by Robert Breault: As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand. with background image: man carrying woman beside seashore
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As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand.

--Robert Breault
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