What's the difference between a friend, a true friend and a best friend?

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  1. Merin Joseph profile image52
    Merin Josephposted 8 years ago

    A friend can be any you stated. There is a long distance between a friend and a true friend.Any one you meet can be your friend.But a true is someone who scolds you in your mistakes,  who loves you,who can give you relief  in your adverse life situations, who cares for  you( you may not know it some times) etc.And a best friend to you cannot be a true friend always.If it is , you are right in your selection of friends.
    There is a saying in local language that "if your friend is good, you will not need a mirror, because he will act as your mirror reflecting the same you"
    Elders always say that we must be always careful in choosing friends perhaps they (true friends) could save you from the worst times of your life and on the  other hand, they could drag you to the worst mistakes of life.
    Try to become a true friend to everyone you meet as you wishes  your true friend to be.
    Living life with a true friend will be the best life
    All the wishes to differentiate within your friends to be the best  and true.
    And finally remember " A friend in need is a friend indeed "

    Thank you for a good question .May God bless you.

  2. LINDA JOSEPH profile image59
    LINDA JOSEPHposted 8 years ago

    A friend is one who be with us when we are happy.

    A best friend supports us and also be with us when we are sad.

    A true friend stands for our best, even if we misunderstand them, try to avoid them, or if we even harm them.

  3. BrunoDSL profile image59
    BrunoDSLposted 8 years ago

    Friend is a person to laugh at the bar. If you need, they probably will have some excuse to not help you.
    A Best Friend is someone to call when you need help - but you still have a lack of confidence.
    A True Friend is a person to that you KNOW will be there at any time if you need.

  4. enamateur profile image60
    enamateurposted 8 years ago

    a true friend stabs you in the front, i.e. tells you things you aren't willing to see

  5. Roberta Sheffield profile image57
    Roberta Sheffieldposted 8 years ago


  6. jane tubigon profile image59
    jane tubigonposted 8 years ago

    a friend,,its just like food that if you eat your food so that's it its gone,,,a true that one who will never put you down in time troubles,, trial,,hurts,, and a best friend..That's a more than friend that you can count on,,

  7. deepdy009 profile image56
    deepdy009posted 8 years ago

    i really do believe that its just different stages of friendship,a friend is someone you r happy with,someone you wanna spend quality time with.but a true friend will be someone who will always b their for us when the going gets tough.a true friend will stop u from doing some thing wrong.a best friend is someone who u can trust without any doubt,someone who accepts u as you are.he will always be with u no matter what happens.only a best friend will understand ur silence,can feel ur pain ,can feel ur happines

  8. old albion profile image64
    old albionposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone you know and currently hang out with. A true friend is the one you want to speak to when things get tough, you might not have spoken for months but only you know who that is. A best friend is usually long standing and knows more about you than other friends, the one you call all the time and with whom you have the little 'in' jokes.
    As you grow older you are glad of them all.

  9. Wynter Gale profile image61
    Wynter Galeposted 8 years ago

    To put it as simply as possible:

    A friend is someone you have a casual relationship with. You may talk to this person routinely or not, do social activities together, etc. Also, I should add that you like this person on some level and this person should like you.

    A true friend is someone you have an intimate relationship with. It is someone you can talk about anything to and who you can depend on for almost anything. You usually talk and do things with this person frequently and this person is a constant in your life, while a friend may be distant or not as regular and could slip out of your life.

    A best friend could be somewhere in between these two friends, but hopefully, a best friend IS a true friend.

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    sushma pandeyposted 8 years ago

    a friend is one who  is always there  for you when you cry  after a mistake ...  a  true friend will  swipe your tears  when you cry, but a best friend is one who  dare  to  slap you  before your mistake  and make  you cry with  tears in his own eyes ...
    a best friend  may not be there  to laugh with you in your springs .. but  he  always there in your autumn ..
       very  few of us are gifted  with this  precious gift  called 'best friend' .    yup 'DOSTI' is something   we can not express in words .

  11. Ronnielmckinney26 profile image59
    Ronnielmckinney26posted 8 years ago

    I think that a close friend is a person that you can go to day or night and talk about the problems that you have whether its at school, work, at home or anywhere in particular. In my opinion a best friend is a person who is very dependable, dedicated and always be there by your side anytime of need and sometime a person can look at you and you don't have to say a word because they understand your situation.

    The most important thing is that a best friend who will always going to be there for you and they always listen and give you some type advice about life.

  12. micadeolu profile image39
    micadeoluposted 8 years ago

    Each person you meet in this life is a friend but the one who stands by you to make sacrifices for you is a true friend and the best friend is that who go to the extreme to sacrifice his treasure for your sake.

  13. NoureenAsif profile image60
    NoureenAsifposted 8 years ago

    A friend is a person whom you like and enjoy talking and spending time with him. You may be in touch with him much often or may interact each other occasionally.

    A best friend is one who is always in touch with you. You love hanging out with him, share secrets, talk about every thing and enjoy great level of understanding.

    A true friend however, is the only one who is there when you need him, as we all may heard of saying "Friend in need is a friend indeed".

  14. philli profile image65
    philliposted 8 years ago

    I think the stages should be ordered as friend, best friend and finally true friend. A friend is someone with common interests/beliefs that you enjoy being with. Your best friend is your favorite of these "friends"....You will trust them more than the others and probably click more with them. Finally a true friend can be your best friend but not all best friends are true friends. True friends are around even when it is not fun or convenient, whether you are present or not (best friends may gossip about you behind your back while a true friend would not), they will give you sound advice even when you don't want to hear it and they would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it.

  15. samina zahra profile image61
    samina zahraposted 8 years ago

    in my point of view true friend and best friend are kept  in the same category,because both r sincere and loving and never leave you alone in trouble,while a  friend is only friend,,,,companion of happiness not sorrow

  16. viptamiln profile image56
    viptamilnposted 8 years ago

    nothing both r same becase true frist is always the best friend

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    sarthakpoddarposted 8 years ago

    Friend: Friend is thing is just newly added. It is not of long term and does not contain mainly progressions, entertainment, etc. Solemnly it mean a simple relation for few purpose.
    True Friend: True friend make a great relationship. The responsibility, recommendations, help and support, estimate from place are crucial factors. Its like a bond forming and making world, a great experience. Seriousness, discipline and manner can be said to be acquired.
    Best Friend: Ever long lasting and fully open. The great experience again. It can be said to have true friend and friend to be contained. May be careless in discipline for temporary but stronger bond. Mainly comprises of entertainment. Even help and support, team work, advancement all in open way.

    A short story..
    (On the day of English homework checking day in school, Eddy was absent yesterday so he was not knowing of homework..)
    Friend: "Hey Eddy, the next lecture is of English, you were absent yesterday so you can do the homework now, you can copy it from my notebook."
    True Friend: "Hey Eddy, can I help you to complete your homework. Sorry that I was unable to inform you because of some problem"
    (English lecture begins.)
    Teacher: "Eddy, you must not have done your home work ."
    Eddy: "Ma'am I have completed my homework."
    Teacher: "Oh that's nice, but how?"
    Eddy: "Ma'am yesterday Ronney had came to do homework together."

    So here the best friend was 'Ronney'. No matter what obstacles comes!

  18. Koustav Shaw profile image59
    Koustav Shawposted 8 years ago

    A friend prevents you to take more than 2 drinks. A true friend allows you to take as 5 drinks and if get too drunk he brings you home but a best friend sits there with you, drink with you and challenges you for one more round.

    A simple theory to understand friendship, I hope.

  19. ladyguitarpicker profile image77
    ladyguitarpickerposted 8 years ago

    A best friend is a person you can count on anytime. They are very hard to find. We all have friends that are acquaintances. A true friend will defend you, but a best friend shows action. A best friend shows true friendship and helps anytime of the day or night and will go out of their way to help you.

    When you are young you think you have this but you find out they were only acquaintances. Its like on Facebook people have a huge friends list, but are they really? A best friend will also worry about you and really mean it. I am afraid that through life you will probably count the true friends on your fingers. Treasure a true friend they are worth everything.

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    Old Poolmanposted 8 years ago

    You ever see those on Facebook bragging that they just got their 5,000th friend?  I always suggest they send all 5,000 of them an email telling them they are moving and need help packing and loading all their stuff into the truck.  I doubt they would get a single response.
    A true friend is that person who would be there to help you no matter how distasteful the job at hand.  In some cases, it would be someone you didn't even think of as a best friend but they thought of you that way.

  21. Goldlotus profile image61
    Goldlotusposted 8 years ago

    Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people.some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of friendship. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.A true friend will be there for you through thick and thin – good times and bad. It isn't too difficult to be friends with someone when life is filled with happiness and peace. It is something altogether different to have a friend who shares in your sadness and stays beside you even when things aren't going well.Understanding the value of friendship, is so important. For all the loyalty, forgiveness and honesty, it's the ability to shape each other's lives that marks a true friend.Each relationship in your life is going to be different. Each one should be cherished because of its uniqueness. Learn more here: "Color of Friendship".A powerful indicator of a true friendship is the ability to listen and be there for your friend no matter what the circumstances are. This is a real symbol of friendship.A recipe for friendship includes a number of things. If you have these ingredients, you'll have a lot of people who will want to be your friend. Do you believe that a "Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed"? How long has it been since you and your "friends reunited? Find out how to keep your relationships alive by keeping in touch. Reunite more regularly and keep those friendships viable.

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    ebenezer kimathiposted 8 years ago

    a friend is someone that you may know but not really that well maybe over a short period of time or just some occasional meetings,a true friend is someone who is not afraid to be at loggerheads with you and is trully interested in your well being,a best friend is someone you have known for a long period of time and spend a lot of time with.you can have only one best friend.

  23. ashis palace profile image53
    ashis palaceposted 8 years ago

    a friend treat us as human being
    a true friend always help us
    nd best friend is the part of our life which share every thing with us

  24. bettyshares profile image60
    bettysharesposted 8 years ago

    To me friends are a dime a dozen and you can pretty much call anyone your friend, but when it comes to having a true friend I think they are the one's who are with you through thick and thin, good or bad, you can count on them to have your back, even if you are not having the best of days.

    My opinion of a best friend is that they are the ones who go with you anywhere you go, such as vacations or they are the ones you can talk too when you need an opinion about something.

  25. Sarah Masson profile image60
    Sarah Massonposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone you enjoy spending time with, maybe go out for a few drinks on the weekend, play a sport ot share an interest with.

    A true friend is someone who sticks by you, someone you can confide in and share things in common with and someone who is important to you.

    A best friend is someone you can tell anything to without feeling judged, you can laugh and cry together, you know each other very well, stand by each other, defend each other and are always there for one another through thick or thin. A best friend is hard to come by.

  26. ALOK KUMER BISWAS profile image58
    ALOK KUMER BISWASposted 8 years ago

    Friend is a person or any kind of pet. But true friend is a person who help in your need and a best friend will always with you.

  27. nurse240 profile image60
    nurse240posted 8 years ago

    My dad always told me (many moons ago) that at the end of your life you will be able to count your true friends on one hand. If you have one true friend you can consider yourself blessed. A true friend shows you unconditional love and you unconditionally love your friend back. God shows everyone unconditional love. I am not saying that we are right up there with God, what I am saying is that this kind of true friend is very rare indeed.

    I enjoyed your article

  28. JoanneMarieILao profile image60
    JoanneMarieILaoposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone you get along well enough that you can talk to them, chat with them share a joke with them or even share a drink with them. Friends are there to improve and enjoy social life. Friends are those you communicate once in a while or every now and then depending on your mood. They might be there for a short time or a long time, but circumstances may change and affect your friendship easily.

    True friends are those that doesn't communicate with you frequently but still knows you in and out. The ones that stays beside you in times of need, trouble, celebration, mournings, happiness and confusing times. They are the ones that will stand up for you and believes in you. The one that doesn't bite or struck you from the back and always truthful and frank in everything she does and say to you.

    A best friend is that one special person who is an idiot and stubborn and clumsy and out of this world twin of yours. He/she is the one true frieund you can always rely on. The one that will not ever tolerate your bullsh*t and will always say what's in his/her mind to you no matter what you're feeling at the moment. She's the one who will never shut up specially if she's giving you a life lesson  or a lovelife lesson. She is the one who will give you a total big smack when you do stupid things, but still help you out in more ways that you can never even imagine. She's the one, even though you may not talk to each other everyday, that still and will always know you well enough, so much so that you might actually realize that she even knows you more than you know yourself. A bestfriend is the one true friend our hearts have chosen to be the long-lasting friend we would never want to lose. Besides, best of friends aren't just made by just becoming true to each other but figuring and sorting out conflicts and problems they've encountered together and with each other. A bestfriend is a boyfriend or a girlfriend that doesn't depend on making promises but by becoming a consistent, unpredictable, reliable and a trustworthy partner. A bestfriend won't watch you cry, she will cry with you. She won't let you eat a galoon of ice cream on your own, she'll surely eat with you and even eat a lot more than you. And well, A bestfriend is a friend who will always be the very best.

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    funandfunonlyposted 8 years ago

    In my view A true friend is who helps you when you are in trouble, he / stands .with you when all people has ignored you. Real friend shows you right way in your life. They get happy when you get any development in your life.
    While friend only with you when you have money, they are for enjoying life with you.
    You can have many friends but few true friends in your life.

  30. Laudemhir Jan profile image70
    Laudemhir Janposted 8 years ago

    Well, from my viewpoint, a friend is just a friend. You can talk to him in a friendly manner and do things casually. A true friend is someone who you can rely, someone that will help you when you need them, someone that will be there no matter what is the circumstance! A best friend on the other hand, is someone you can have fun all around, do things together and just laugh after, someone whom you can share your secrets!

    The real difference between the three is that you cannot expect much from just a friend, you cannot trust your best friend too much, which all points out that the "best" kind of friend is the one true friend! That's just me.

  31. profile image52
    Olindaposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone I know randomly,a true friend is someone who won't judge me,who will believe in my mistakes,someone who will always be by my side no matter what and a best friend is a true friend

  32. profile image52
    Katina Willoughbyposted 8 years ago

    When using the word friendship be careful in choosing. A friend is someone who you can call and kick it with. More or less give the scenario if you are going through some trying times. A friend is someone who doesn't really and truly pay attention to you. They are the type who will find away before the conversation end the focus has shifted and now its about something they are going through. These types holds jealousy and envy. A true friend will take time to listen but only if they feel in the end it's beneficial to them or for them. They may even give you some words of advice,but remember they will never give you too much because they don't want to see you get too far ahead of them in life. A best friend is someone who will not only  give you advice they listen truly and whole heartedly. They are concerned about your well being... They will walk with you side by side  hand in hand to help resolve the problem. They will support your decision even when it don't appear to make any sense to know one but you. They never judge and if you was to go through the same thing again they would be there to pick you up with more encouragement and motivation now that a best friend there to the end and beyond. Overall just be careful how and who u choose to call a friend and know what category to place them in

  33. profile image56
    Khatri KC Avinashposted 8 years ago

    There's not much difference what it makes different is how we think and how they behave. Friend are those who give us company in all the moment of live....

  34. Aniket Lawand profile image59
    Aniket Lawandposted 8 years ago

    It is either your friend if not then it is an acquaintance...

  35. deecoleworld profile image75
    deecoleworldposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone you can hang out with and do fun things with. You see them often, talk to them often (so they are one step above an acquaintance). You two are interested in each other and conversation and fun times come naturally to you.
    A best friend is all of the above. Even so, they are current, oftentimes you know them for a long time (aka years). What separates a best friend from a friend is that the relationship is deeper, closer and you trust them more. Plus they prove to you that they are there for you through thick or thin. A best friend knows your struggles, your challenges and are there for the happiness and laughter along with the tears and grief. Something a friend oftentimes doesn't see. A best friend sees you at your worst and accepts you for who you are.
    A true friend is all of the above. But to me a true friend is like a kindred soul. You connect to them in ways a friend and a best friend can't. Oftentimes people chose best friends based on how long they known someone, the longer the better. That isn't always the best thing. Sometimes people can change, sometimes you grow apart. An example is that you known your best friend since grade school (lets say you're 9 years old). Now you are 35 years old. A lot of things can change (including your values, beliefs, and interests). You can't really expect to be close to someone for all those years without you or them changing. Change is good, but sometimes two people can change in ways that causes them to move into two different directions. Plus when you're younger you don't know yourself as much as you start to know yourself when you get older. Life throws things at you that can show who you really are. So you'll always be a different person and can't be the same.
    Anyway to get back on point a true friend is someone that knows your soul. It's a spiritual bond where two souls connect to each other in ways that cannot be explain logically. You ever met someone whom you automatically feel comfortable with and trust. A true friend is that person no matter how long you know them. BTW a true friend can be a best friend (but with distinction). Things like change, time, distance, and death don't matter for a true friend. Perhaps this friend can be a soul mate (romantically or platonically). I think we all are striving towards a true friend. BTW we need all of them in your life!!!! <3

    1. deecoleworld profile image75
      deecoleworldposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I was inspired to write a hub about this, check it out, The Difference between a Friend, a True Friend and a Best friend: http://hubpages.com/relationships/The-D … t-16719738

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    Grady L Kennedyposted 8 years ago

    The answer to that question is their isn't any difference, for one to be a friend they have to be true, otherwise they are not a friend at all. Also if you are ever lucky enough meet this very rare person, I think they would fit the definition of a best friend.

  37. profile image52
    staciaonthewebposted 8 years ago

    Friend more aqaintance someone u know
    True friend share same kind of loyalty for friendship value your friendship and honesty
    Best friend a friend kown for over a decade or even childhood dont see or talk to very often but when u do talk to one another after so long timeframe but talk as if u talk everyday loyalty and have eachothers back nomatter what is best friend, truefriend, a friend.

  38. Carol Reed profile image60
    Carol Reedposted 8 years ago

    A friend vs. true friend vs. best friend
    This is an excellent question.

    1. A friend to me is someone that you consider as an acquaintance. You may not see or talk to very often but are your friends.

    2. A true friend is someone that is there for you through highs and lows; one that you can trust will not talk badly about you behind your back and can tell you the truth even if it’s hard to do so. If they have something to say they will say it to your face. However this may be a one-sided relationship.

    3. A best friend is like a true friend. I believe a person can have more than one best friend in life. A best friend is someone you share things with that you wouldn't share with others. This is mostly a two –sided relationship but can be one-sided. Just because one feels you are their best friend doesn't mean you feel the same way. I have at least six people that are my best friends and after thirty – years, I know if I called anyone of them, they would be there for me and I would be there for them. One would hope that if they are your best friend that they are also a true friend. Throughout life someone could start out to be a best friend but as we grow they may no longer hold that title. For example, your best friend in kindergarten may not be your best friend as an adult due to moving and not keeping in touch or other issues may be a factor in this case. 
    For most, it is easy to find friends.  A true friend is harder to discover and a best friend is one to treasure. 
    I would like take this time to thank all of my friends, true friends and best friends for their help in molding me into the person I am today.

  39. pstraubie48 profile image79
    pstraubie48posted 8 years ago

    To me they are one and the same: a true honest to goodness friend has your back. They are there when the going gets tough, through thick and thin, are candid, and sincere. They say what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. They make you see what you may not want to see.

  40. neosurk profile image87
    neosurkposted 8 years ago

    A friend hears what you say, a true friend listens to what you say and your best friend listens to what you don't say!

  41. profile image0
    tpksarathyposted 8 years ago

    Whatever friend may be true or best and Who ever may be your friend, you can realize your real friend, when you are under risk..........

  42. easylearningweb profile image89
    easylearningwebposted 8 years ago

    I read this somewhere and I think it will answer your question:

    There are 3 kinds of friends, best friends, casual friends and seasonal friends.

    A BEST friend is someone you are friends with forever, and they would do anything for you, and you for them.

    A CASUAL friend is someone you know like a neighbor, teacher or co-worker.

    A SEASONAL friend is someone you meet and get together with, and although it doesn't last forever, it makes an impact and you will always remember this person.

  43. ReneeDC1979 profile image60
    ReneeDC1979posted 8 years ago

    I think true and best friend are the same- then you have friends who on your end they are friends you trust them in general, but eventually you see their true colors and you end the relationship. True and best friends are those that no matter what-they are there for you-good, bad and indifferent-and you can have a falling out or disagreement, but the friendship never ends -just like you do with siblings -you fight and makeup-true and best friends are those you call brother or sister.

  44. How to do blog profile image60
    How to do blogposted 8 years ago

    I want to give one exactly and correct answer of the question.

    A friend - who has the right to orient us in right or wrong direction.

    A true friend - This is a true friend, who regarded us his Best Friend.

    The best friend - This is your thinking, he is my best friend, there is no necessary that he understand you as his best friend.
    Happy. Enjoy friendship.

  45. Jenny Barker profile image60
    Jenny Barkerposted 8 years ago

    A friend is someone you can talk to with ease, relate to, trust, genuinely enjoy their company, have a good laugh with and not have to worry about superficial misunderstandings.

    That being said i believe you just know when you have a true friend you can feel it in your heart you can talk about everything for long periods of time you can be distant and close and it doesn't matter there is always that special click that makes you want to see them more!

    Then there is the Best Friend; whether male or female this feeling of connection is so impossibly strong full of extreme love and admiration and joy, this feeling is like you were born to be together and being apart feels like forever.. this person probably knows you almost better then your partner or could be your partner and hold your hand through all the wonderful stages of life, with the little complications along the way they always pull through to be with you.

    I believe your best friends are here for a reason and they're here to make you happy as you are to them, because remember if they are your best friends you a probably theirs for a reason aswell.

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    Telmy Tivinposted 8 years ago

    Friend- A person who knows me for a long or short time and always like to spare some time in my leisure.

    Best Friend- A person who knows all my secrets,my relations,my thoughts and my feelings.The one who always with us in my success and failures.

    True Friend-  A person who always want to see my progress ,smiles in my success and cries in my failure.Dedicate all his time to solve my problem.

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    Sistah Cposted 8 years ago

    True friendship is based on your commitment to God, not just each other, they draw closer to each other when the friendship is tested. They pray together and for each other even when trouble comes because of career or family. True friendship remains till the end

  48. SAQIB6608 profile image66
    SAQIB6608posted 8 years ago

    1.     A friend in need is a friend indeed.

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

    3.      A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

    William Penn

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    NuJazzposted 8 years ago

    The key word is 'friend'.  We shouldn't label friends because a friend encompasses a true friend and a best friend. A friend will merge with your soul for understanding; a true friend will understand your temperament and a best friend will wipe your tears with their palms.  I present to you your Friend.

  50. ratnaveera profile image57
    ratnaveeraposted 8 years ago

    A friend will allot some time to talk with you and give company when you have funny times. A true friend will show that he has interest on your success and development of your life. According to me the best friend is  the person who would be with you even if you were in difficult times.


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