150 Inspiring Friendship Quotes To Show Your Best Friends How Much You Love Them

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Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. — Oprah Winfrey

Childhood friends. School friends. Neighborhood friends. College friends. Work friends. Best friends. Boyfriends. Girlfriends. There are so many great friendship quotes out there because we work our entire lives building friendships — from preschool, where we all learn that "it takes a friend to make a friend," through adulthood.

We all crave closeness with other human beings. We need to know there's someone out there who gets us. And sharing your thoughts with the help of some inspirational, cute, and positive best friend quotes is a creative way to show how much you care about your BFFs.

Whether you have a small group of close friends or an expanded group of personalities, each of your friendships brings something new to your life, inspiring you to see the world a totally different way, giving you a new shoulder to lean on and a new cheerleader to keep you feeling proud and motivated. This is why it's important to continue cultivating your friendships and learning what it means to be a good friend.

Plus, we all know a true friend is hard to find. So when you do find that person who is your very best friend in the whole wide world, be sure to hang on tight and make sure they know how important they are to you!

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It also doesn't hurt to let your best friends know every now and then just how much they mean to you. The friendship quotes below perfectly describe the beauty of friendship, so go ahead and share one with your sister from another mister or brother from another mother. You might even learn a few important lessons about being a good friend along the way.

150 Inspirational Friendship Quotes to Share With Your Best Friends

1. "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one." — C.S. Lewis

The moment friendship begins.

2. "Life isn't about having a thousand friends, it's about finding the very few right ones you need." — A.R. Asher

When your friendships are about quality, not quantity.

3."Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes." — Henry David Thoreau

When friendship defines time and space

4. "There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family."

When they become more like family.

5. "No friendship is an accident."

When friendship serves a purpose.

6. "Friendship is all about trusting each other, helping each other, loving each other and being crazy together." ― O. Henry, Heart of the West

When they're there in serious and fun times.

7."A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have." — Irish Proverb

When friendship is rare

8. "Friends are the people who make you smile brighter, laugh louder and live better."

When they make your life better.

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

When friends are all the light you need.

10. "A best friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you for the way you are today."

When they love and accept you for who you are.

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

When friendship is more powerful than love.

12. "Good friends don't let you do stupid things ... alone."

When they don't let you make a fool of yourself alone.

13. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn

Look for the good in your friends.

14. "Friends make the world beautiful."

When they make this world a better place.

15. "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

When it can't be explained.

16."Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." — Amy Poehler

When they change your life in the best ways.

17. "Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with." — "Sex and the City"

When your best friend feels more like a soulmate than any guy you've dated.

18. "You are the sister I got to choose."

When she's the sister you never had.

19. "Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends." — "It's A Wonderful Life"

When their friendship is your greatest success.

20. "A strong friendship doesn't need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part."

When you're apart in distance, but your hearts are connected still.

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21. "A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have be and still, gently allows you to grow." — Unknown, although often misattributed to William Shakespeare

When they know you and accept you.

22. "I hit the BFF jackpot for sure."

When your friendship feels like you won the lottery.

23."The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul." — Shanna Rodriguez

When they give you all the energy you need

24. "We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk." — Thomas Moore

When your best friend is someone you feel comfortable opening up to.

25. "Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success." ― Oscar Wilde

When they champion your success.

26. "Girls can survive without a boyfriend, but they can't survive without a best friend."

When you can't live without them.

27. "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

When they're always by your side.

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

When they know how to lift your spirits.

29."In my friend, I find a second self." — Isabel Norton

When they're your twin flame

30. "Dear best friend: just a daily reminder that you are beautiful and I love you."

When they need to be reminded of how awesome they are.

31. "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends." — "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

When they understand your courage.

32. "Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they're always there."

When they're always in your heart.

33. "Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit." ― Aristotle

When friendship grows over time.

34. "A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be."

When they make you a better person.

35."Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest, it's about who walked in to your life, said 'I'm here for you,' and proved it."

When they prove it

36. "My circle is small, but the love is enormous and genuine. It gets no better." — Alex Elle

When your small group has big love.

37. "There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends." ― Sylvia Plath, "The Bell Jar"

When they have truly seen you at your worst.

38. "A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart."

When they stay in your heart forever.

39. "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." — Oprah Winfrey

When they're there at your lowest, not only at your greatest.

40. "Friends are chosen family."

When they are better than "real" family.

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41."A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." — Proverbs 27:9

When they revive your spirit

42. "The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren't very lovable." — Aidan Chambers

When they were there for you during bad times.

43. "There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met." ― Jim Henson, "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday"

When there's no word for them.

44. "You and I are more than friends. We're like a really small gang."

When you're a dynamic duo.

45. "When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier." — Diane von Furstenburg

When you're your own BFF.

46. "Friendship. Like a comforting coffee and a sweet snack."

When friends are comforting.

47."There is nothing I wouldn't do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature." — Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"

When there is absolutely nothing you wouldn't do for each other

48. "And till the end you're my very best friend."

When they're your best friend forever.

49. "Wow .... Only a true friend would be that truly honest." — Shrek

When they tell you like it is.

50. "Friendship to me isn't about how much we talk, but instead how much we're there for each other in times of need." — Trent Shelton

When they're there no matter how far away.

51. "Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks." — Waqar Ahmed

When you recognize how delicate friendship can be.

52. "True friends say good things behind your back and bad things to your face.”

When they're honest with you always.

53. "Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant." ― Socrates

When friendship is constant.

54. "Having a soulmate is not always about love. You can find your soulmate in a friendship too."

When your friend is your actual soulmate.

55. "True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." ― Nicole Richie

When they're a precious jewel.

56. "If you have a best friend that you can talk to about anything and they won't judge you, never let them go."

When you can tell them your biggest secrets.

57."The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." — Elizabeth Foley

When you both evolve and it's still OK

58. "You will always be... the sister of my soul, the friend of my heart."

When you're practically sisters.

59. "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12." — Stephen King, "Stand by Me"

When your oldest friends are your best friends.

60. "Friends are angels that lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." — Lorraine K. Mitchell

When they know how to pick you back up from the ground.

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61. "True friendship is never serene." — Marquise de Sevigne

When it's the real deal.

62. "Some friendships are timeless."

When your friendship will last a lifetime.

63. "I get by with a little help from my friends." — The Beatles, "With A Little Help From My Friends"

When they get you through it all.

64. "A friend is someone you can call at any hour to laugh or cry or complain."

When they're with you through the good, the bad and the ugly.

65. "A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to — letting a person be what he really is.” ― Jim Morrison

When they set you free.

66. "Boys are whatever. Friends are forever."

When friends are better than boyfriends.

67. "An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind." — Buddha

When sincerity is everything.

68. "I like you because you join in on my weirdness."

When your bestie is a weirdo ... just like you.

69. "Friends should be like books, few, but hand-selected." ― C.J. Langenhoven

When quality is far more important than quantity.

70. "It's the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey."

When friends make life so much better.

71. "A strong friendship doesn't need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part."

When friendship lives in the heart.

72. "Friend who listens, doesn't judge, and somehow makes everything all right."

When they meet the very definition of a friend.

73. "We'll be friend 'til we're old and senile. … Then we'll be new friends!"

When you can start all over again.

74. "In the cookie of life, friends are chocolate chips." — Salman Rushdie

When friends are the best part of life.

75. "A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile."

When they know your sadness.

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76. "That grow together type friendship."

When you change for the better together.

77. "You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing." — E.B. White, "Charlotte's Web"

When their friendship alone has meaning.

78. "True friends are the ones who lift you up, when no one else has noticed you've fallen."

When they're the only one who can tell that something is wrong.

79. "Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends." — Virginia Woolfe

When they're your greatest confidante.

80. "One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives." — Euripides

When friends are better than family.

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81. "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate." ― Linda Grayson

When there's only one thing better.

82. "Friends are the sunshine of life." — John Hay

When they brighten your day.

83."A friend is someone who makes it easy to believe in yourself." — Heidi Wills

When they make you believe in you.

84. "Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy you need."

When they're better than a therapist.

85. "Ooh you're the best friend that I ever had /I've been with you such a long time /You're my sunshine and I want you to know /That my feelings are true /I really love you /Oh you're my best friend" — Queen, "You're My Best Friend"

When they're your love and your best friend.

86. "Here's to the nights that turned into mornings with the friends that turned into family.”

When you share crazy experiences together.

87. "Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you." — Misty Copeland

Friends are there to support you every step of the way.

88. "If you wanna find out who's a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time ... then see who sticks around." — Karen Salmonsohn​

When they stand by you, no matter what.

89. "The best mirror is an old friend." ― George Herbert

When they remind you who you are.

90."Some souls just understand each other upon meeting." — N.R. Hart

When they just get you

91. “A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” — Leo Buscaglia

You only need one friend.

92. "The only way to have a friend is to be one." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the feeling has to be mutual.

93. “The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?” — Eugene Kennedy

The test of friendship is to enjoy the small things together.

94. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” — Zig Ziglar

True friends are hard to find.

95. "A friend to all is a friend to none." ― Aristotle

When friendship should be selective.

96. “Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” — Miles Franklin

We have a fundamental need to have friends.

97. "A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be."

When you simply make each other the best you can be.

98. "You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I love you."

When they mean everything to you.

99. "No one will ever be as entertained by us as us."

When you make each other laugh.

100."In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." —Martin Luther King Jr.

When you need their support

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101. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell

True friends stick by your side.

102. "If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you." — A.A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"

I hope you live to be 100.

103. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” — David Tyson

Silence is golden.

104. “Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” — Washington Irving

Distant friends come back together like no time has passed.

105."A true friend is someone who will always love you — the imperfect, the confused, the wrong you — because that is what people are supposed to do." — R. J. L.

When they'll always love you

106. “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” — Thomas J. Watson

Friends are meant to make you uncomfortable.

107. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie

Some friendships take time.

108. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” — Oscar Wilde

Conversation with friends is the best part of life.

109. “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” — Arnold H. Glasgow

A friend is there to pick you up again.

110. “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 friend is there to light that fire within you again.

111."'We'll be friends forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet. 'Even longer,' Pooh answered." — A.A. Milne, "Winnie The Pooh"

When you are truly BFFs forever

112. “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 H. Glasgow

What makes a loyal friend?.

113. “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart… I'll always be with you.” — A.A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"

You friends will be with you even after they are long gone.

114. “Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” — Ally Condie

It's easy to grow apart in life, but friends are there till the end.

115. x“One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.” — George Santayana

It's easy to grow apart in life, but friends are there till the end.

116."Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give."

When they are always there for you, and vice versa

117. “One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.” — Clifton Fadiman

Friends don't need to talk to communicate with each other.

118. "Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." — Leo F. Buscaglia

Don't idolize your friends.

119. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

Friends are for the soul.

120. "You've got a friend in me." — Randy Newman, "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story

When you want to make sure they know

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121. “You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” — Laurence J. Peter

How do you tell the difference between a real friend and a fake one?.

122. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” — Woodrow T. Wilson

Friendship is what keeps you sane.

123. “Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” — Ed Cunningham

Friends already know the answer.

124. “A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” — Arthur Brisbane

A friend knows you through and through.

125. “Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.” — Emil Ludwig

Consider yourself lucky if you have a good friend.

126. “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." — Anaïs Nin

Friends are parts of us.

127. “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” — Maxwell Maltz

You'll never be alone if you're your own friend.

128. “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” — Bernard Meltzer

Friends are cracked too.

129. “Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way.” — Charles Kingsley

Treasure your friendships, because they are breakable too.

130. "A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” — Donna Roberts

Your friends know you better than yourself.

131. “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.” — Gloria Naylor

Friends come and go in life, when they are needed.

132. “It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” — Marlene Dietrich

True friends will wake up to talk.

133. “There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.” — Diana Cortes

Long-distance friendships are special.

134."Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul." — Steve Maraboli​

When they're your go-to cure

135. “It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” — Epicurus

Friends give us the confidence we need.

136. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” — Tennessee Williams

Your friends make all the difference.

137. “The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Friendships never really end.

138. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” — Abraham Lincoln

You never know who can become your friend next..

139. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

True friends are destined to meet each other.

140. “The best time to make friends is before you need them.” — Ethel Barrymore

Don't wait for friendship to find you. Go out and get it for yourself.

141. “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” — Khalil Gibran

Friends are the refresher you need.

142. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carl W. Buechner

Your friends will remember how you made them feel.

143. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” — Brandi Snyder

Friends are everything.

144."Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.” — Anna Taylor

When you can't remember life without them

145. "Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace." — Christie Brinkley

There's nothing better than smiling with a friend.

146. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." — Maya Angelou

Be a good friend to someone else.

147. "It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds." — Gina Barreca

Friends are like diamonds.

148. "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." — Eleanor Roosevelt

Remember the friends who made a real impact on your life.

149. "There's nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing." — Jennifer Aniston

Nothing compares to a good friend..

150. "True friends are always together in spirit." — L.M. Montgomery

True friends stay until the very end.

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Kristine Soloman is the former Executive Editor of YourTango, the top website for relationships, love and wellness for women.