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“My Friends Are My Estate”: Essential Quotes About Friendship

Updated on February 2, 2017

I cannot imagine life without the influence of my friends. They are a diverse group. I’m fortunate to have friends I can discuss obscure topics with, as well as friends I can play card games with or go hiking with. Friendship seems as necessary and vital to me as books, and this is a strong statement coming from this bibliophile. These friendship quotes were a joy to compile, and I hope they remind you of the many benefits of having friends. Enjoy!


Arnold H. Glasow: “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

Georgia O’Keeffe: “You are one of my nicest thoughts.”

Maya Angelou: “What I would really liked said about me is that I dared to love. By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound, it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.”

Kobi Yamada: “Where would any of us be without our friends and family?”

J.M. Laurence: “It’s not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that counts.”

Antoine De Saint-Exupery: “There is nothing that can equal the treasure of so many shared memories.”

Esther Blum: “I choose my friends how I like my cocktails…strong, fabulous, and with a twist.”

Virginia Woolf: “Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.”

Helen Keller: “My friends have made the story of my life.”

Audrey Hepburn: “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

A classic song about friendship

“In case you are blessed enough to be someone’s In Case Of Emergency and you are called upon, keep being who you have always been. Do what you’ve always done. There is a reason your friend chose you for that role, so don’t freeze. Keep moving. Trust your instincts.” Glennon Doyle Melton, Carry On, Warrior

Katherine Mansfield: “I am treating you as my friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope I can ask you to share my future pluses.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The have a good friend is one of the greatest delights of life.”

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

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox: “All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.”

Frida Kahlo: “Never in my whole life, I’ll forget your presence. You sheltered me when I was shattered and restored me complete, whole.”

Emily Dickinson: “My friends are my estate.”

C.S. Lewis: “Friendship…is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others.”

“I want to trip inside your head, spend the day there… To hear the things you haven’t said and see what you might see.” Paul Hewson, a.k.a. Bono

Another great song about friendship


“The three of us women sat for long periods without talking, while Sam played in the sand. We would talk with great animation for a while and then be quiet again. My father and I could do this, too. It is so profoundly comforting and beautiful, the minuet of old friendships.” Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions

Orson Scott Card: “Who would I be, if other good souls did not make up for my shortcomings?”

Socrates: “Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”

Alexander McCall Smith: “It was the same with friendship. Disagreement between friends—and spouses, too—had to be carefully handled. If the time you spent with friends was consumed by disagreement, then there was no room for the essence of friendship, which was a sharing of the world. And that sharing involved seeing things the same way, or at least seeing things through the eyes of the friend.”

Sylvia Tomas: “Friendship is another word for love.”

C.S. Lewis: “Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life.”

Rabindranath Tagore: “Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.”

Joseph Addison: “The greatest sweetner of human life is friendship.”

Pietro Arentino: “I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.”

C.S. Lewis: “Many thousands of people have had the experience of finding the first friend, and it is none the less a wonder; as great a wonder (pace the novelists) as first love, or even greater.”

Margaret Guenther: “We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.”

Russian Proverb: “Tell me who’s your friend, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Andy Rooney: “One of the sweetest things in life: the letter from a friend.”


John Evelyn: “Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.”

Albert Schweitzer: “A little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil…is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.”

George Eliot: “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”

Thomas Merton: “It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and my sister.”

Thomas Jefferson: “Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.”


Ludwig van Beethoven: “Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.”

George Matthew Adams: “Fortify yourself with a flock of friends! … There is always at least one who will understand, inspire, and give you the life you may need at the time.”

Samuel Johnson: “A man, sir, must keep his friendships in constant repair.”

Carl Jung: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”


Ann Patchett: “Time is the most extraordinary gift for friendship. You’ll get to eat your meals together and study together; in some cases you’ll even sleep in the same room. You’ll have time to waste on each other. You’ll find out every single thing you have in common and still have time to catalogue all of your differences. Don’t underestimate the vital necessity of friendship in your life because it is the thing that will sustain you later, when there will be considerably less time.”

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

Alexander McCall Smith: “That is the best thing that anybody can be to anybody else—a friend.”

Francois Macuriac: “No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”

Richard Bach: “Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”

Charles Caleb Colton: “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”


Aaron Hartzler: “There’s a strange comfort in knowing another person bears witness to the absurd moments going on around you—the ones no one else seems to question. Every time Daphne catches my eye, a silent acknowledgment passes between us, and I know I’m not alone.”

Virginia Tubbs: “Though time and miles may separate us, I have built a bridge of lovely memories to span the distance.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Every man passes his life in search of friendship.”

Elizabeth Gilbert: “Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend.”

Donald Miller: “Relationships unlock certain parts of who we are supposed to be.”


Frank Crane: “What is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

Paul Tournier: “…the highest sign of friendship is that of giving another the privilege of sharing your inner thought.”

Isabel Norton: “In my friend, I find a second self.”


Baltasar Gracian: “Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island…to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.”

Peter Nivio Zarlenga: “The best mirror is an old friend.”

Marlene Dietrich: “It’s the friend you call up at four o’clock in the morning that really matters.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.”


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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Kathleen: Thank you for commenting. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the quotes.

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a lovely hub. You covered this subject! Saving the picture about "Friends walk in . . . " Sharing

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      lyoness913: Thank you for commenting. I also like the Maya Angelou quote.

      thumbi: Thank you for commenting. I aim to inspire.

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      Truly inspirational

      Photos are good too

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      What an uplifting hub- I love the quote by Maya Angelou! :)