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Famous Quotes About Friendship

Updated on May 26, 2014

Quotes that Define and Celebrate Friendship

A true friend is someone who isn't easy to come by, especially in today's superficial, jaded culture and should be treasured and nurtured at all costs.

So in the spirit of celebrating and defining friendship, I went out seeking meaningful friendship quotes to bring back and share with you. My gift to you. Who knows, perhaps one day we will call each other friend.

I hope you discover a few friendship quotes today to share with those you call friend,

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Quotes About True Friendship

Life is slippery. Here, take my hand.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.

Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare

False friends are like leaves, found everywhere.

~ Anoymous

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Quotes of all types on a large variety of topics.

 

Inspirational Friendship Quotes

"What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies."

-~Aristotle

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

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

~Anais Nin

Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.

~Henry David Thoreau

On Making Friends With The Enemy

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.

- Arthur Ashe

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.

- Indira Gandhi

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

- Ann Richards

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

- Abraham Lincoln

A good friend is cheaper than therapy.

~Author Unknown

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What Is A True Friend?

Definition of a True Friend

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~Arnold Glasow

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.

Euripides

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

Elbert Hubbard

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

- Alice Walker

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

William Penn

The Value of Friendship

In my humble opinion...

It seems the value of the word "friend" has irreversibly changed in today's world. Living in a time when social networking too often takes the place of actual face-to-face relationships, it appears the meaning of a friend has been devalued beyond repair.

Many of us call people we have never meant face to face "friends". We have never looked into that persons eyes to see the true character there. Never been there to comfort each other with an encouraging hug or pat on the back. Never known each others families, witnessed their day to day lives, drama and joy. Does the lack of human contact detract from the value of true friendship?

A large number of people in today's world appear to be on a perpetual mission to see who can collect the most friends in a profile on a plethora of social network platforms. I often wonder just how many of those friends can one call in the middle of the night when a true friend is needed and if that friend would indeed venture out at 3:00 AM, or put their lives on hold in order to help a "friend" in need? Does a large portfolio of virtual strangers masked as friends create a false sense of what true friendship is all about?

I believe it's important to reflect on the true meaning of friendship and occasionally take inventory of who really would be there for me at 3AM.

I believe a true friend isn't afraid to disagree with you and when they do, also aren't in fear of compromising an element in the friendship in order to help their friend. At the same time a true friend doesn't judge when you "screw up" and supports you even in the tangled odds of disagreement.

True friends should be able to separate, follow different paths in life and be able to pick up the threads of their friendship right where they left off. Even it's been years or for some, decades later.

Most of all I believe that a true friend should have a tangible human element that I can feel. Eye contact that conveys more than written words ever will. A comforting hug, encouraging hand on my back or a tug of my hand to pull one another along. Even a voice on the phone communicating emotions that evoke a plethora reactions to make that human connection.

What about you? How do you define friendship?

How Many True Friends Do You Have?

Please offer your definition of true friendship below. You don't have to be a member to participate, so everyone please leave your friendly feedback.

Not fair weather friends, acquaintances or Facebook friends, but how many TRUE friends do you have?

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Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.

~Author Unknown

The Definition of True Friendship

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Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.

John Evelyn

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

Woodrow Wilson

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Unknown Friends are the siblings God never gave us.

Mencius

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Kahlil Gibran

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.

~Author Unknown

I get by with a little help from my friends

Friendship Quotes With A Twist

It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.

- Zora Neale Hurston

True friends stab you in the front.

Oscar Wilde

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

- Mark Twain

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

-- Bernard Meltzer

It's the friends you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that really matter.

Marlene Dietrich

Proverbs on Friendship

Proverbs Defining Friendship

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

-- Czech. Proverb

"May there always be work for your hands to do, may your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane, may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."

- Irish Blessing

"It is better to be in chains with friends , than to be in a garden with strangers."

-Persian Proverb -

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.

~American Proverb

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

Nigerian Proverb

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A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

~Unknown

There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.

~Author Unknown

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.

~Author Unknown

Charlotte's Web - A Story of True Friendship

Charlotte's Web is one of the first books I recall reading that had a memorable, lasting emotional effect on me. It's such a sweet story that defines and reflects the true meaning friendship. Still to this day able to bring tears to my eyes, the passage below is my favorite passage in this classic story:

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.

Charlotte, "Charlotte's Web"

- E. B. White

Who Is?

A Snapshot of some of those Quoting here

Who is: H. Jackson Brown Jr? An American author who is best known for writing: Life's Little Instruction Book, boasting two years on the NY Times Best Seller List.

Who is: Albert Camus? French Philosopher, Author, Political Activist, Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1957, journalist during the French Resistance.. 1913 - 1960

Who is: Elbert Hubbard? Pioneered the Arts & Crafts movement in the midst of industrialization and mass production born during the onset of the 20th Century

Who is: Alice Walker? American author, activist, poet. She is best known for writing the classic novel: The Color Purple which also earned her the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award.

Who Is: John Evelyn? John Evelyn (1620 - 1706) was an English writer/diarist. While he authored 30 books on various topics, he also kept a diary his entire life. The diary gives great insight to the cultural and social issues of the 17th century.

Touching Words Written for a Friend

A brief candle; both ends burning

An endless mile; a bus wheel turning

A friend to share the lonesome times

A handshake and a sip of wine

So say it loud and let it ring

We are all a part of everything

The future, present and the past

Fly on proud bird

You're free at last.

written en route to the funeral for his friend, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

~ Charlie Daniel

Most people walk in and out of your life. But only friends leave footprints in your heart.

~Author Unknown~

Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.

- Unknown

Words to live by

Over 900 quotes on a variety of subjects that you will read over and over, again and again!

Quote Junkie "Words To Live By" Edition: Amazing Collection Of Helpful Quotes To Help Get You Through The Highs And Lows Of Life
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I wish I could recall the appropriate quote for the moment from memory, but have realized I'm just unable to store that much in my brain! Get inspired every single day with a book of inspirational quotes. There is one here for every situation in life.

 

Do You Have A Favorite Friendship Quote? - I will be happy to add it here!

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Love all the quotes you posted. My favorite quote? "A friend in need is a friend indeed". I just don't know who said it.

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      Well, this age brought a tear to my eye!

      Currently putting out a series on homelessnessness ~ just right now in process of including quotastions on friendship between people ~ Check out "The New Holocaust: Homelessness in America and What We Can Do About It", #s XXII - XXV. The next few pages will be right in line with those so, might want to check back over the next week or two as they come out...

      Thanks for these wonderful words.

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      sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very much enjoyed your quotes collection. excellent, especially kahlil gibran's words are very touching.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      loevly lens.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      It's better to have 1 friend than 100 enemies

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      I love a lot of the quotes here. Maybe "Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer." will be my quote for the week.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Love reading your friendship quotes. Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is great information, I like them very much. :)

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      shordy09 4 years ago

      I love your lens, and the quotes in it! so glad I found it!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      What an awesome lens, lots of inspirational quotes here. Very touching, I love it. I have featured it on the sidebar of my "Friends Are Angels in Disguise" lens. SquidLiked & ~Blessed~

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Lovely quotes

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      neotony 4 years ago

      i heartily give you a thumbs up. I also give you a standing ovation and clapping for brightening up my spirits.

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      neotony 4 years ago

      hah! "true friends stab you in the front" that's a good one!

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      pyt704 4 years ago

      True friendship is hard to come... this reminds us never to take it for granted.

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      Tonto Murray 4 years ago

      Outstanding lens. Lots of great quotes. Blessings

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      I love these friendship quotes. Friends that add value are important. Thanks for sharing these quotes.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I loved the quotes here. They remind us to value our friendships.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I don't have one but I enjoyed yours!

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I don't have a quote but I have enjoyed those posted here. See you around the galaxy...

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Really like your quotes on friendship! Very, very nice collection. Also "liked" your lens!

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      ..Nice collection...thanks for sharing

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      ..Nice collection...thanks for sharing

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm back. I love this lens!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      friendship quotes are the best! Thanks for sharing

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Blessings to you for highlighting the importance and rarity of true friendship.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I believe that everyone is my friend. So I treat everyone like a friend. The result is amazing.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Yes, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

      - Martin Luther King Jr. Angel blessed lens.

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      This is a very beautiful lens. So happy that I have stumbled across it. Superb images compliment each written phrase of friendship. i love it and wish I had written it. Awesome!!

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      Pixie Copley 5 years ago from UK

      what a great collection of quotes of you have here :)

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      "It doesn't matter" ,that's friendship.

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      Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I LOVE quotes like these!

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      SerenityPrayerG 6 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had." - How true!? A connection beyond words is a sign of a good friendship IMO! Lovely lens. :)

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      ageloc120 6 years ago

      Thank you for liking and blessing my lens. :-)

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      uruha-fan-girl 6 years ago

      I really like this lens, it was very interesting^ ^

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      dexter yarbroug1 6 years ago

      Great quotes in a great lens!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Great collection of quotes.

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      Sarah Switalski 6 years ago from Iowa

      Beautiful collection of quotes about friendship! Thank you for collecting and sharing these!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      This deserves a Purple Star! I will recommend it! ****Blessed****

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Loved your lens and I enjoyed all your quotes hard to pick just one as a favorite...

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      The first one is the best!

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      Norbert Isles 6 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful collection of friendship quotes and images - express so well different dimensions of the experience.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Woody once risked his life to save me. I couldnât call myself his friend if I werenât willing to do the same.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      These are wonderful quotes on friendship!

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      The picture of those little ones hugging is all the quote one needs! Adorable.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wonderful quotes. :)

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      semas 6 years ago

      A beautiful collection of friendship quotes

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Lovely lens