What Happened To Our Friendship? 25 Quotes About When Friendships End To Help You Get Through

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Friendships aren’t always like they are portrayed on TV and movies. No, your best friend likely isn’t living next door. And no, you’re probably not still as lucky as the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. cast who all can magically afford to live in NYC together.

You might not remain close with your childhood best friend or see your college roommate every day after you graduate.

While it may feel like there’s little point to cultivating friendships since they might just disappear, remember that the right friendships will stay strong. Real friends will stick with you, even though you argue and say things you don’t really mean.

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However, other friendships will end. Toxic friendships must end for your and your friend’s sake, and some friendships will just fade away naturally. It’s OK, as long as you still have a support group with friends who do care about you.

Whether you want to mend a broken friendship, tell an ex-friend how you feel about your friendship ending or commiserate with some people who have also lost close friends, quotes about old friendships can help. These quotes perfectly explain the complicated emotions you might experience when you realize a friendship is ending or when you are reflecting on a previous friendship that you miss. Additionally, they enable you to appreciate the friendships you have and determine if one of your ex-friends might be worth texting again.

Although romantic relationships can cause heartbreak, friends leaving or betraying you can cause the most pain of all. So, don’t be afraid to wallow in the memories of past friendships for a while (only if you don’t do it forever) and embrace the pain fake friends bring. We all know the feeling, and we can all learn from it.

These 30 quotes about friendship breakups describe that “What happened to our friendship?” feeling and hit you right in the feels.

1. Friendships are hard to repair. 

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

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2. Friends have a special bond.

"Lovers have a right to betray you…friends don’t." — Judy Holliday

3. Friends believe you.

"Fake friends believe in rumors. Real friends believe in you." — Unknown

4. Betrayal is the absolute worst.

"The worst pain in the world goes beyond the physical. Even further beyond any other emotional pain one can feel. It is the betrayal of a friend." — Heather Brewer, Ninth Grade Slays

5. Real friendships never end.

"A friendship that can cease has never been real." — St. Jerome

6. Some "friends" are hiding knives. Be careful.

"It’s hard to tell who has your back, from who has it long enough just to stab you in it." — Nicole Richie

7. True friends are out there amongst the fake ones.

"In life we never lose friends, we only [find] who our true ones are."  Unknown

8. It's incredibly hard.

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."  William Blake

9. You don't know what you have until it's gone, right?

"True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until it fades." — Evelyn Loeb

10. Opening up to people takes effort. 

"Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard." — Walter Dean Myers, Slam!

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11. The difference between men and women. 

"Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces."  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

12. Friends can be fleeting.

"Make as many friends as you can, but don’t build your life on them alone. It’s an unstable foundation." — Sean Covey

13. It's OK to wonder. 

"Oh, sometimes I think it is of no use to make friends. They only go out of your life after awhile and leave a hurt that is worse than the emptiness before they came." — L.M. Montgomery

14. Communication is key. 

"Friendship must never be buried under the weight of misunderstanding." — Sri Chinmoy

15. Friendships should withstand battles and wars.

"A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A real friend knows that it’s not a friendship until after you’ve had a fight." — Unknown

16. Being a friend to someone means trusting them.

"It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them." — Confucius

17. Losing friends is a part of life. 

"The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships." — H.G. Wells

18. Broken friendships can have happy endings.

“Behind many broken friendships there is a marriage.” ― Pratik Akkawar

19. You'll forget with time.

“I used to know you the best and now I don't even remember your name.” ― Mya Waechtler

20. Some people aren't meant to be friends.

“Friendship requires truth, and there is no truth in her.” ― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

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21. You can start over, if you want to.

“I want us to be friends again. I made some really bad choices, and I'm sorry. You're leaving…and if we don't fix this now, it won't be fixed.” ― Katie McGarry, Crossing the Line

22. You want to blame yourself.

“I had acquaintances...but then they'd always start trying to get away, like they'd turned over some stone in my personality and found a poisonous snake.” ― Jason Schmidt

23. Forever isn't always for ever

"I always had a mentality we would forever be friends but to my shock forever got very shorter than I ever expected." — Unknown

24. Heartbreak: The #1 side effect of relationships.

"Whether it was a friendship or a relationship, the truth is when it ends it gives you a heart break." — Unknown

25. Only those you trust can betray you.

"The most harrowing thing about betrayal is the fact that it will never come from your enemies but comes from your friends." — Unknown

26. Friendships end, and people change.

"A person wanted to know whether I knew you. So many memories flashed through my mind that time but all I did was to smile and I only said I used to know you." — Unknown

27. It just takes a bit of courage.

"I surely know we never talk anymore but I always wish that one of us could show courage and do something about it." — Unknown

28. Friendships are a two-way street.

"After a long way I came to realize that you should not keep friendship with people who do not ask you how you are doing." — Unknown

29. You can't fight for someone who doesn't fight with you.

"Fighting for a relationship is worth [it] but you should avoid it when you are the only one fighting." — Unknown

30. Leaving friendships isn't easy.

"It hurts me so bad whenever I recall all what you have done to me and I want to instantly leave you behind but am disappointed because I lack courage to run." — Unknown

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Meaghan Summers is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.