12 Quotes That Perfectly Describe What Friendship Should Never Be

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There are a lot of things friendship is definitely not!

There are millions of friendship quotes out there describing the greatest, worst, and hardest friendships, including everything in between. Quotes about friendship are just so relatable because we all have friends and we love to see that other people in the world share some of the same experiences with their besties that we do.

Most of the time, what we experience in life is with our friends — the good times, like getting engaged, getting your best time on a half marathon, or celebrating a promotion from work. Your friends are there to help make those moments even more special.

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But there are also the bad times like breakups, getting the flu, or getting laid off where your friends are there to help offer you support and love. Life would be a lot emptier without our friends

Everybody has a different meaning for friendship, and it’s not the same meaning for every friend they have. Friendship can’t be so easily summed up in just a few words, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love to search for the right words to explain the way we feel about our friends.

The thing is, the majority of quotes out there tell us exactly what friendship is. But they leave out the fact that friendship can be just as perfectly explained by describing what it is not.

It’s just as important to take notice of what is most significant in a friendship, and what is not. Knowing what to pay attention to and how to value a friendship is important. And sometimes the best way to do this is by looking at what does AND doesn’t make a great friendship.

Take a look at these 12 quotes that perfectly describe what friendship is NOT:

1. Insults from friends actually show how much they love you, just in a joking way.

"Real friends don't get offended when you insult them. They smile and call you something even more offensive."

2. Honesty may hurt at times, but it's necessary.

"If you lose a friend because you're honest, it wasn't a good friend."

3. You need friends through the good and bad times.

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

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4. The strongest friendships can always pick up where they left off.

"A strong friendship doesn't need daily conversation, doesn't always need togetherness; as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part."

5. Total loyalty at all times is a recipe for a successful friendship.

"Friendship is not about people who act true to your face. It's about people who remain true behind your back."

6. If your friend can't be honest with you, then who can?

"A best friend won't agree with you to make you happy. If anything, they'll say what needs to be said, no matter if you want to hear it or not."

7. Cut the bad out of your life.

"If you're not losing friends then you're not growing up."

8. It's a relationship that requires effort from both people.

"Friendship is a two-way street. If there's only giving from one side it's not a friendship but a free ride." 

9. Friendship is one of the greatest bonds we can have.

"Friendship is not something you learn in school, but if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship you really haven't learned anything." 

10. Every friendship is special.

"Friendship is not a big thing, it's a million little things."

11. Trust is key, always.

"Friendship is not friendship without trust. Without it, I walk alone."

12. Friendship is special and will stay in your heart forever.

"Friendship means understanding, not agreement. It means forgiveness, not forgetting. It means the memories last, even if the contact is lost."

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