Friendship Sayings and Quotes

In both good and bad times, life is a journey best shared with friends. Enjoy this collection of wise, insightful, and humorous quotes on friendship, and consider passing them along to your best bud.


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

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

Aristotle

Hold a true friend with both your hands.      

Nigerian Proverb

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

Walter Winchell

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

Baltasar Gracián

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

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

Elisabeth Foley

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

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

Hebrew (on friends and foes)

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Keep your friendships in repair.      

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.     

Khalil Gibran

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.

Orson Welles

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

Woodrow Wilson

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

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

Elie Wiesel

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

Robert Brault

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

To have a few amazing friends on this side of eternity, this sometimes grotesque amusement park, is the greatest joy.     

Ann Lamott

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

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

Helen Keller

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

Anonymous

A true friend is the best Possession.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.      

Mencius (c.371-289)

Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.      

Sun Tzu

Make a friend when you don't need one.      

Jamaican (on friendship)

No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

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

Anonymous

Little friends may prove great friends.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)