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Friendship: Quotes and Sayings

Updated on February 6, 2011

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

-- Mark Twain

A while ago I compiled some of my favorite friendship quotes for a friend who was feeling down. After reading them, he suggested I turn them into a hub, so I am taking his advice. Enjoy!

Friendship Sayings

A true friend knows you and likes you anyway.

They know your smile and laugh as well as your faults and temper, and guess what? They are still there. They still like you, even when they have seen you ugly. And don't we all get ugly at times?

Some friends are for a reason and others just for a season but a true friend is a forever friend. They have your back no matter what!

Reminds me of a Musketeer!

A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunlight and walks with you in the shadows.

"Into every life, a little rain must fall," but a friend is always there.

The wonderful thing about friends is that they can grow separately and yet not grow apart.

Friends don't have to take the same paths in life to remain friends.

Your greatest asset is not the quantity of your friends, rather the quality of your friends.

I would much rather have a few good friends than a bunch of fair-weather friends.

Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Life is too short to be anything but happy.

If someone always brings you down, are they really a friend?

One spark of randomness can start a fire of hilarity which burns down the house of seriousness.

More laughter! A true friend can make you forget that there is anything to be serious about.

A friend will ask you what's wrong when you're crying, a good friend will ask you with a loaded shotgun. A best friend will just inform that its taken care of.

I wonder, could I ever be a best friend? I know I have wanted to...

Anybody can listen to your problems. A friend will give you advice to try to make you feel better. A best friend will tell you the truth--good, bad, or ugly.

They even have hot-lines for problems... but a best friend says the hard things and asks the hard questions.

Our friends are the fruitcakes of our lives--some are nutty, some are soaked in alcohol, some firm, some sweet, but all together, great to have in our lives!

I like fruitcakes... Do you?

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."

-- Marilyn Monroe

More Friendship Sayings

Its not about who's real to your face, its about who's real behind your back.

Anyone can be sweet to your face. What they say and do behind your back counts for so much more!

Don't confuse a good man with a man who appears to do good things.

Some only appear to be good. Look at the fruit of what they do before deciding.

Your soul friend is someone who loves you for what you are, accepts you for what you lack, and still gently invites you to grow.

Another way I have heard it put is 'A friend loves you too much to just let you be.'

Someone is a true friend when you say something that doesn't even make sense to you, but they understand what you mean.

Have you ever had a friend like this? If you have, you know what is meant.

The good friend isn't necessarily the one who immediately understands--it's the one who cares enough to keep trying to understand.

And when they don't understand, no matter how much you understand what you are trying to say, they keep trying. and trying. and trying. They don't just give up on you.

"Remember what I said about being friends? That still goes. Friends stand by each other, through everything. I'm your friend."

--Pete, to MacGyver, 1985

And a few sayings for laughs...

Pessimists say the cup is half empty, optimists say the cup is half full...I say either way it's not going to be enough coffee.

I feel like this every morning...

I'm a pessimistic optimist. I am positive the world is going to hell.

Need proof?  Just take a look at politics...

People who say I'm difficult to shop for apparently don't know where to buy beer.

Make mine a dark beer, from a micro brewery... None of that lite stuff, please.

Have faith that no matter what is thrown your way, you can and will make it through; unless it's an 18 wheeler, then you're screwed.

Just some more of that optimistic pessimism stuff. :)

Be honest... nobody will believe you.

This reminds me of what Mark Twain said, "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."

"Life is just one damned thing after another. Don't waste time taking it to seriously. You'll never get out alive anyway."

-- Elbert Hubbard

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I can't be perfect, and I don't claim to be! But I will give my whole heart to the ones I love!!! And if I tell you I love you, I mean it. So please believe me...

Do you have a favorite friendhip saying?

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      Team Wiseman 

      3 years ago

      Great article. Thumbs Up!, Funny, Awesome and even Useful. You write well and we have read many of your articles but this is one of our personal favorites!

      Also Sharing Via FB, Twitter, g+, AND Pinterest. We are now following you.

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      6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you Sinea Pies.

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I love the Marilyn Monroe quote. This is a great hub! I wrote a hub on Friendship and am going right over there to add this hub as a reference link. Voted up and beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      my besties is here to stay

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thanks Daydreamer! Btw, I love your name!

    • daydreamer13 profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm a quote junky so I love this and I've written a few down to refer to later. You are awesome!

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you Martie. I had fun putting this together!

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I love these quotes. Thanks so much for compiling it all in one hub!

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Friendship is certainly a mystery! I like the way you said that Christopher: essentially inexplicable.

    • Christopher Price profile image

      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      De Greek's latest hub questions the "Mystery of Friendship". Some of these quotes might offer insights into something that is worthy of exploration, but is essentially inexplicable.


    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you cceerpp for stopping by.

    • cceerpp profile image


      7 years ago from Ghana

      Interesting quotes Ivorwen.

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      The world would be a lonely place without fruitcakes!

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      Lovely! What would we do without the fruitcakes in our lives? :)

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you Frieda! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      This is fabulous. I have so many I want to share this with. Beautiful pics. I agree with Winsome, that also definitely makes for a good friend. Enjoyed this much, Ivorwen.

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you epigramman! :D

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      7 years ago

      ....a lovely, inpiring, heartfelt, and life-affirming hub and labor of love from you my friend - in one true word to describe such a hall of fame presentation - hubtastic!!!!!

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you Winsome. I do believe your saying is one that ranks high here. How else are we going to show appreciation for one another? :)

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Thank you rx4u! I think I would be lost without friends.

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      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Greetings Lady Ivorwen, I enjoyed all of these. May I add one--A friend is someone who reads your hubs and leaves an appreciative word even if it isn't their favorite--that makes you a true friend in my book and one I very much appreciate. =:)

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      7 years ago

      This is such a great post about what friends are and should be for each other. Where would we be without them? Thank you for sharing these wonderful thoughts.

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Badco, your first sentence summed up this entire hub: A friend is a friend no matter what... And a friend is there all the time, not just when they need you. And a friend speaks the truth.

      Tis certainly an art to be a real friend. Like any other art, it requires thought and effort. Friendship doesn't happen by chance. xoxo

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      7 years ago

      A friend is a friend no matter what yet faults are, if not they are only a fairweathet friend like so Many I have had on here not that I give a toss. Methinks yer hub hit a nerve with me as hubs is full of them, Tis an art to being a real friend, doncha think cox

      200 and one million and I'm off anyway, great hub ; )

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      That's another new one to me, Jarn! rofl!

    • Jarn profile image


      7 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

      You hear about the couple that only did missionary style? In a cookpot wearing safari outfits.

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Jarn, I'm laughing! That is one I had never heard before.

    • Ivorwen profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      I've seen that one drbj! Personally, I hope to never be in jail... however, if I am, I can guaranty that there will be a friend with me. :)

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      7 years ago from Sebastian, Fl

      I like my friends like I like my coffee. Ground up and in the freezer.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I love these sayings - will probably use them all at one time or another. Thanks, Ivorwen.

      One of my favorite "friends" quotes is: A friend is someone who will tell you he/she is sorry you had to spend a night in jail.

      A true friend is someone sitting right next to you in the cell saying, "Dang, didn't we have a helluva time last night!" :)


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