Friendship Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old friendship quotes, friendship sayings, and friendship proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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