21 Inspiring Friendship Quotes From Books We Love

Inspiring Friendship Quotes From Books We Love
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My favorite love quotes also apply to my friends. "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." This has been attributed to the brilliant Albert Camus, author of the fantastic novel The Stranger. Some sources claim that Camus never wrote or even said this. I still love the quote, no matter its genesis.

The following best friend quotes from books, though, came from some of the most iconic novels, memoirs, and philosophical works. 

If you're looking for a good friendship quote to share with your BFF, or you just need a little inspirational reminder of why your friends are there for you, take a look below at our collection of the best friendship quotes from books that remind us of the best parts of being friends:

1. It's not about how many friends you have, but the quality of your friendships.

"One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about." ― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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2. Choose your friends wisely.

"If you have but one friend, make sure you choose her well." ― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

3. Respect is crucial in a friendship.

"Friendship — my definition — is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don't have trust, the friendship will crumble." ― Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

4. Surround yourself with friends who celebrate your successes alongside you.

"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, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

5. A friend is there for you to help you when you need it most.

"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives." ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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6. Friends tell you the truth, even when it's not what you want to hear.

"Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts." ― Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

7. Your friendships were destined to happen.

"No friendship is an accident." ― O. Henry, Heart of the West

8. The best part of friendship is all the ways you can talk to each other without speaking.

"Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected." ― Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters, and Writings of Charles Lamb

9. We need a friend to make up for our given families.

"The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families." ― Jay McInerney, The Last of the Savages

10. A best friend knows just what you need.

"She is a friend of my mind. She gathers me, man. The pieces I am, she gathers them and gives them back to me in all the right order." ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

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11. Friends are the family we choose.

"Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family." ― Mario Puzo, The Godfather

12. Sometimes you meet friends in the weirdest places.

"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship." ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

13. Nothing better than partying with your best friends.

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

14. Friends make life better.

"God, how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of each other." ― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

15. You never know who's going to be your next best friend.

"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face." ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter​

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16. Sometimes it's hardest to forgive the people we're closest to.

"It's all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?" ― Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy

17. You want your friendships to last a lifetime.

"What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence." — Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

18. Everyone needs a friend.

"Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods." ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

19. When friends are made for each other.

"Friends are born, not made." ― Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

20. Love is love, even in Oz.

"'You have some queer friends, Dorothy,' she said. 'The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends,' was the answer" ― L. Frank Baum, The Road to Oz

21. Real friends pick each others' noses, too.

"You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose." ― John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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