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.

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.      

Rod McKuen

The best mirror is an old friend.      

George Herbert

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

Danish Proverb

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)

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

Eskimo (on friends and foes)

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

Thomas Aquinas

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.     


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

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

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

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

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.     


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

Bob Marley

To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him—close two.     

Norman Douglas

[Friends are] God’s apology for relations.      

Hugh Kingsmill

It may be more difficult to make new friends as you get older but it is some consolation to know how easy it is to lose them when you are young.     

Jeffrey Bernard

Thank you for being a friend / Traveled down a road and back again / Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant.      

Andrew Gold

What would you think if I sang out of tune? / Would you stand up and walk out on me? / Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song / And I'll try not to sing out of key / Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends.     

Paul McCartney and John Lennon

For good times and bad times / I'll be on your side forever more / That's what friends are for.      

Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager

Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side, / Withstand the winter's storm, / And spite of wind and tide, / Grow up the meadow's pride, / For both are strong / Above they barely touch, but undermined / Down to their deepest source, / Admiring you shall find / Their roots are intertwined / Insep'rably.     

Henry David Thoreau