​Friendship Sayings and Quotes

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

A true friend is the best Possession.

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.


Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Mencius (c.371-289)

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

Nigerian Proverb

Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.

Sun Tzu

Keep your friendships in repair.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Little friends may prove great friends.

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Make a friend when you don’t need one.

Jamaican (on friendship)

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

One enemy is too many and a hundred friends too few.


Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.


The best mirror is an old friend.

George Herbert (1593-1632)

The road to a friend’s house is never long.

Danish Proverb

The wise man learns more from his enemies than the fool does from his friends.

Ben Franklin, thanks to Carl McFarland

The wolf and the dog agree, at the expense of the goat which together they eat.

Basque (on friends and foes)

When I eat your bread, I sing your song.

German (on friendship)

Who is mighty? He who makes an enemy into a friend.

Hebrew (on friends and foes)

You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.

Eskimo (on friends and foes)

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

Thomas Aquinas

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Khalil Gibran

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

Jim Morrison

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.


Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

Octvaia Butler

Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .

CS Lewis

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

Elbert Hubbard

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.

Bob Marley

Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.

Sarah Dessen

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich

Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.

Robert Brault

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

Unknown Author

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.

Arnold Glasgow

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elisabeth Foley

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Samuel Butler

There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little bit better.

Unknown Author

Good friends help you find important things when you have lost them. Your smile, you hope, and your courage.

Unknown Author

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Woodrow Wilson

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.

David Tyson Gentry

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.

Alexander Dumas

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.


Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.


Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

Muhammad Ali

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing

Elie Wiesel

A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be somewhere else.

Only your real friends tell you when your face is dirty.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.

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

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

Count your age with friends but not with years.

A true friend sticks with you through thick and thin no matter what.

When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Friendship doubles your joys, and divides your sorrows.

When you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.

True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.

Your friend is the person who knows all about you, and still like you.

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

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise.

Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life.

To be depressed is to be lonely; to have a friend is to be happy.

Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.

Side by side or miles apart, dear friends are always close to the heart.

Friends never make assumptions about you. They never expect a reason to go out with you. In fact friends only expect you to be you.

Your friends are what will matter in the end.