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

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Where would you be without your BFF?

Childhood friends. School friends. Neighborhood friends. College friends. Work friends. Best friends. Boyfriends. Girlfriends.

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 just need to know there's someone out there who gets us.

And sharing your thoughts with the help of some inspirational, cute, and positive friendship quotes is a creative way to show how much you care about your BFFs.

Whether we have a small group of close friends or an expanded group of personalities, each of our friendships brings something new to our lives, inspiring us to see the world a totally different way, giving us a new shoulder to lean on, and a new cheerleader to root us on.

Friendships come in all sorts of forms: serious ones, like the college friend you discuss politics with, silly ones, like the squad you do Halloween with, chill ones like your wine and Netflix buddy. Some friendships even turn into something more. And each friendship offers something totally unique and irreplaceable. And each friendship in our life ultimately makes us who we are.

This is why we spend so much time cultivating these relationships and learning how to be a good friend. This is why we show up after breakups, at graduations, at weddings, and at funerals. This is why, near or far, our friends hold a special place in our hearts forever.

We all know a true friend is hard to find. So when you do find one, hang on tight!

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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.

Here are 150 of the best inspirational friendship quotes to share with those friends in your life who are special beyond compare.

1. The moment friendship begins

"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

2. When your friendships are about quality, not quantity

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

3. When friendship defines time and space

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

4. When they become more like family

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

5. When friendship serves a purpose

"No friendship is an accident."

6. When they're there in serious and fun times

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

7. When friendship is rare

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

8. When they make your life better

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

9. When friends are all the light you need

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

10. When they love and accept you for who you are

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

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11. When friendship is more powerful than love

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

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

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

13. When they are always there for you, and vice versa

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

14. When they make this world a better place

"Friends make the world beautiful."

15. When it can't be explained

"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

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

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

17. When they change your life in the best ways

"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

18. When she's the sister you never had

"You are the sister I got to choose."

19. When their friendship is your greatest success

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

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

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

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21. When they know you and accept you

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

22. When your friendship feels like you won the lottery

"I hit the BFF jackpot for sure."

23. When they give you all the energy you need

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

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

"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

25. When they champion your success

"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

26. When you can't live without them

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

27. When they're always by your side

"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

28. When they know how to lift your spirits

"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

29. When they're your twin flame

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

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

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

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31. When they understand your courage

"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"

32. When they're always in your heart

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

33. When friendship grows over time

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

34. When they make you a better person

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

35. When they prove it

"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."

36. When your small group has big love

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

37. When they have truly seen you at your worst

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

38. When they stay in your heart forever

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

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

"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

40. When they are better than "real" family

"Friends are chosen family."

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41. When they revive your spirit

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

42. When they were there for you during bad times

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

43. When there's no word for them

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

44. When you're a dynamic duo

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

45. When you're your own BFF

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

46. When friends are comforting

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

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

"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"

48. When they're your best friend forever

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

49. When they tell you like it is

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

50. When they're there no matter how far away

"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

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51. When you recognize how delicate friendship can be

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

52. When they're honest with you always

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

53. When friendship is constant

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

54. When your friend is your actual soulmate

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

55. When they're a precious jewel

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

56. When you can tell them your biggest secrets

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

57. When they're your greatest confidante

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

58. When you're practically sisters

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

59. When your oldest friends are your best friends

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

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

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

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61. When it's the real deal

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

62. When your friendship will last a lifetime

"Some friendships are timeless.

63. When they get you through it all

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

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

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

65. When they set you free

"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

66. When friends are better than boyfriends

"Boys are whatever. Friends are forever."

67. When sincerity is everything

"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

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

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

69. When quality is far more important than quantity

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

70. When friends make life so much better

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

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71. When friendship lives in the heart

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

72. When they meet the very definition of a friend

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

73. When you can start all over again

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

74. When friends are the best part of life

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

75. When they know your sadness

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

76. When you change for the better together

"That grow together type friendship."

77. When their friendship alone has meaning

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

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

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

79. When you both evolve and it's still OK

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

80. When friends are better than family

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

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81. When there's only one thing better ...

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

82. When they brighten your day

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

83. When they make you believe in you

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

84. When they're better than a therapist

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

85. When they're your love and your best friend

"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"

86. When you share crazy experiences together

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

87. When you can't remember life without them

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

88. When they stand by you, no matter what

"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​

89. When they remind you who you are

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

90. When they just get you

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

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91. When they'll always love you

"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.

92. When the feeling has to be mutual

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

93. When you are truly BFFs forever

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

94. When you want to make sure they know

"You've got a friend in me." — "Toy Story"

95. When friendship should be selective

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

96. When they're your go-to cure

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

97. When you need their support

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

98. When they mean everything to you

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

99. When you make each other laugh

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

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

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

101. True friends stick by your side.

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

102. I hope you live to be 100.

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

103. Silence is golden.

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

104. Distant friends come back together like no time has passed.

“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

105. You only need one friend.

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

106. Friends are meant to make you uncomfortable.

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

107. Some friendships take time.

“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

108. Conversation with friends is the best part of life.

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

109. A friend is there to pick you up again.

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

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

“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

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

“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

112. What makes a loyal friend?

“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

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

“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.” – Winnie the Pooh

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

“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

115. A friend is a fellow human standing by your side.

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

116. Look for the good in your friends.

“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

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

“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

118. Don't idolize your friends.

"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

119. Friends are for the soul.

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

120. True friends are hard to find.

“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

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

“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

122. Friendship is what keeps you sane.

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

123. Friends already know the answer.

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

124. A friend knows you through and through.

“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

125. Consider yourself lucky if you have a good friend.

“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

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126. Friends are parts of us.

“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

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

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

128. Friends are cracked too.

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

129. Treasure your friendships, because they are breakable too.

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

130. Your friends know you better than yourself.

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

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

“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

132. True friends will wake up to talk.

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

133. Long-distance friendships are special.

“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

134. We have a fundamental need to have friends.

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

135. Friends give us the confidence we need.

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

136. Your friends make all the difference.

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

137. Friendships never really end.

“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

138. You never know who can become your friend next.

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

139. True friends are destined to meet each other.

“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

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

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

141. Friends are the refresher you need.

“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

142. Your friends will remember how you made them feel.

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

143. Friends are everything.

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

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

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

145. There's nothing better than smiling with a friend.

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

146. Be a good friend to someone else.

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

147. Friends are like diamonds.

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

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

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

149. Nothing compares to a good friend.

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

150. True friends stay until the very end.

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

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