01 Nov 68+ Best Friend Quotes [Updated 2017 w/ Images]
Best Friend Quotes
Famous sayings and thoughts about friendship and comradely through good and bad times. Your true friends will always be by your side and support you even through the thickest of times. Your greatest friends will work to inspire you, keep you strong, and hold you down when you’re hurt emotionally. Here are our favorite best friend quotes!
Sayings and Insight for true friendships
Friendships can be an extremely complicated thing. Times change, people change, and it can become increasingly difficult to keep contact with those who you once consider your very best friends. Here are some famous quotes and thoughts on the topic of what it is to be a “best friend” and perspective on what it can mean.
1. Your best friends lift you up
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford
You are a reflection of the people that you keep around you. Keep company that brings out the best in you, advises you sincerely on important matters, and isn’t afraid of confronting you when you’re in the wrong. Your best friend bring out your most “true” self, which hopefully, also means your “best” self. Sometimes you need to focus on yourself and a good friend can often help you introspect.
2. True friend stick through tough times
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides
Hardships and setbacks are often a good way of separating fair-weather friends. It’s easy to find friends and company when you are doing socially, financially, and mentally well. It’s only when you’re down and out that you’ll see who will stick with you through the rough patches and provide sympathy and condolences. A true friend will stay with you through the storms and road bumps of life. A true friend can help provide you some peace of mind when you’re going through an emotional storm.
3. Buddies wish the best for each other
“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” – Aristotle
Jealousy is a part of human nature and it’s easy to envy what others have. It’s especially easy to compare ourselves with those in proximity and think of all the things we don’t have. As the saying goes, “the grass is always greener on the other side”. A true friend will be able to be sincerely happy for your successes.
4. Friendship comes in many shapes
“Music really helps me. It’s like a best friend.” – El DeBarge
Friendship can come in many forms. A pen pal in a far away country can better understand you than people you see on a daily basis. A computer game can better resonate with you in times of trouble than any human companion. Music can often comfort you with sounds and tones words could never describe.
5. Understanding and empathy are key to good friendships
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
At the heart of all human connection is the need and want to understand one another. A true friend is someone who can understand who you are for who you really are. We are often incentivized to put on masks for society in such environments as work, school, family, and other gatherings. Your best friends will allow you to be yourself and work to understand who you really are.
6. Live together die alone right?
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller
Being together on the darkest of nights is better than suffering alone on the brightest day. Life is full of rough patches and highlights. Be careful in choosing friends who are only there with you in “the light” when things are going well. Be grateful to the friends who are willing to stick by you through the dark times.
7. Friends are the family that you can choose
“Friends are the siblings God never gave us.” – Mencius
We don’t get to choose a lot of things in life. We don’t get to pick our parents, our siblings, our financial beginnings, even our basic health. Friends are one of the few things in this world we have some control over. In that matter we can decide who is sincere and good to us and who isn’t in friendship.
8. Friends stick by you through thick and thin
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell
A real friend comes to you when you are in suffering and in need of help. More people will come to your parties than your funeral. Well maybe that’s a grim outlook, but I do believe that your best friends will be the ones who stick with you when everyone else abandons you. They’ll pick you up when you’re down and try their best to forgive you when you’re wrong. Finding the right people who will stick with you on your journey through the ups and downs in invaluable.
9. Get stupid with your comrades
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s only a handful of people who I can completely lose my mind around. I’m eternally grateful for that. We often are forced to be someone else in society as we dress up for work, conform to school, and merge into social groups. Being bound up all day in an environment where we are forced to be “proper”, it’s absolutely necessary to have group we can let loose with.
10. Love your friends
“Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” – Jean de La Fontaine
It’s incredibly hard to find someone who can understand us and accept us for who we are. This is likely because of how unique we are. We have different upbringings, different cultures, different languages and preferences that often serve to separate us. It’s a wonderful thing when you find someone who shares the same “differences” and works to understand the rest.
11. True friendships are rare
“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.” – Irish Proverb
You just need one good friend. Even if you meet a thousand jerks, it will all be worth it if you can find one true friend. Be grateful if you have found a few true friends, and hopeful if you’re still looking.
12. Friendship is everything
“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
Schools just not a place for smart people (Morty). The greatest “things” I’ve acquired from school are my lifelong friends. Never has the chemistry lessons come into play in my life yet other than that AP test. If I could do it again, I would focus less on my studies and more on my friends.
13. Best friends tell you what you don’t want to hear
“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
It’s hard telling someone they’re wrong. It’s hard to stand up to your parents, your boss, and especially your friends since disagreements often end in arguments. Disagreements are often not bad things though. Sometimes you’re about to make a terrible decision and need a good friend to talk you off that ledge.
14. One best friend is plenty
“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” – Euripides
There are billions of people on the planet yet only a handful who truly care about us. A human that actively chooses to look after you and help you seek your dreams is worth more than a human who is forced to you by proximity and blood. Take care of the friends who have your best interests at heart.
15. Stand by your pals
“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
It’s essential to friendships that we don’t look up to each other or look down on each other. Just realize that we’ve made different decisions and we’re going to ride out this crazy thing called life together.
16. Friends understand each other
“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau
Understand more and analyze less. True friends will try to criticize you less and empathize with your more. This is not to say they won’t disagree with you from time to time, but that it will be after they’ve worked to see your point of view.
17. You just need one
“If you have one true friend you have more than your share.” – Thomas Fuller
One is more than enough. If you can find one person who can understand and sympathize with you, be grateful because that is incredibly hard to find. Drinking buddies are endless, but people you can truly connect with are few and far between.
18. Friends and enemies are subjective
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln
Your enemies and your friends are made up of how you view each other. If you alter someone’s viewpoint of you or alter your viewpoint of them then you may very well be able to change the definition of your relationship to them. You may not be able to change another human’s viewpoint but you can definitely work to change your own.
19. You can’t be everyone’s best friend
“A friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle
Spreading out your time with too many obligations such as events, people, and work will lead to you having less time and attention for the important people in your life. While it’s important to step out of our comfort zone and meet others, please remember who is truly important in your life and dedicate the appropriate time with them.
20. Be the first to say hello
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take the first step and be the first person to say “hi!”. You have to put yourself out there and be a true friend if you want one in return. Each friendship takes time, dedication, pain, and sacrifice to make and keep. Make sure that you are ready to give as much as you take when deciding on the endeavor of a friendship.
21. Friends are the most valuable things we hold onto in life
“Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Remember that while it’s in our nature to collect material things, the most valuable assets that we can acquire over our lifetime is our friends, family, and memories. Just like we would valuable antiques, we should do well to take good care of our friends and family to ensure that those assets are well kept over time and don’t fade away.
22. Friendship requires acceptance
“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.” – Doug Larson
Envy and jealousy are common traits along most of us, and I think it’s necessary to understand that. Overcoming our nature to be jealous and truly happy for our friend’s successes is also vital for a healthy, lasting relationship. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s much easier to condemn a friend for their mistakes rather than getting them out of a tough spot.
23. Turn strangers into friends
“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats
Keep an open mind as you traverse the world and encounter new personalities. You never know when you’ll meet your best friend, lover, mentor, or other significant people in your life so try to be receptive to positive influences as they come into your life.
24. Time is just one variable of friendships
“Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.” – Rabindranath Tagore
I believe some people are just more compatible than others. A long friendship does not necessarily mean a positive or meaningful relationship. Try your best to judge your friendships for what they are and not what you may expect them to be.
25. Be there for your friends
“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” – William Penn
While this quote is very lofty and idealistic, it may be too difficult for most people to attain. That said though, it can still be something worth striving for. Trying to become a better friend throughout your journey is a worthy pursuit.
26. Value and appreciate your companions
“Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.” – Herodotus
Broken objects can be replaced. Squandered money can always be remade. Broken friendships, however, are incredibly hard to be rebuilt. Trust is hard to build and easy to break. Be grateful for your friends for they’re likely the most valuable pieces of your life and happiness.
27. Trust and believe in your friends
“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” – Confucius
Have faith in your friends. Most mistakes are often made by accident and not malice. Give the people you love the benefit of the don’t until they give you substantial evidence to distrust them.
28. It’s OK to be honest with your friends
“True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.” – Henry David Thoreau
Know your true friends for who they are. Understand that no one is perfect and that you must accept your friend’s faults if you choose to accept their friendship in whole. Accept the bad and work to better those around you rather than beating around the bush and avoiding crucial issues.
29. Your friends define you
“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” – Charles Darwin
It’s easy to be caught up in the rat race of daily life and comparing yourself to your peers by measures of financial, physical, and status. Something we rarely think about though is that the our friends and family are probably the biggest factor in our happiness, and our happiness may be the most accurate measure of a person’s success.
30. Home is where the heart is right?
“My friends are my estate.” – Emily Dickinson
They say “home is where the heart is”. By keeping you safe, comfortable, and welcome, your friends are in many ways as warm and safe a shelter as your physical home. I’d definitely be rather eating beans with my friends over a dumpster fire than a filet mignon in a lonely mansion.
31. BFFs don’t hold back
“True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.” – St. Jerome
Real friends should never have to hide their true feelings or motives. Be honest with your friends with what you are thinking and take their feedback seriously, even if it is in disagreement with your own opinions. Your friends can often save you from a terrible decisions so bee sure to consult then before big decisions.
32. Cherish your best friends while they’re still here
“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.” – Charles Caleb Colton
As the saying goes “you don’t know what you got til it’s gone”. Try to see that this tragedy doesn’t happen to you and your friends. Appreciate your friends and let them know you love them while they’re still with you.
33. The greatest friendships will not be calm
“A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.” – Saint Francis de Sales
True friends will disagree from time to time. These fights will make our friendships stronger as we slowly learn that we’re “allowed” to have a different opinion from our friends while still holding respect for them.
34. Simple friendships require very little sometimes
“The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” – Henry David Thoreau
Sometimes what we need most from our friends is just they’re companionship. We don’t need help or advice from them. We just want to know that we have people that love us and that we are not alone.
35. You can never lose your true friends
“The friendship that can cease has never been real.” – St. Jerome
We usually don’t find out who someone truly is until we face some hard times together. Your “friends” that ditch you when the going gets rough were never really your friends from the beginning. Take proper account of this and be sure to appreciate the friends who did stick it out with you.
36. Doubt destroys bonds
“Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.” – Petrarch
Doubt and mistrust will eventually unravel any friendship. Try your best to stay honest and transparent with the colleagues and friends that you value most. It’s not always easy to be honest, but honesty is absolutely vital to a long lasting friendship.
37. Be grateful for caring friends
“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.” – Alexandre Dumas
Be grateful for what you receive from your relationships. If you’re always counting what you bring to the table it’s likely a recipe for disaster as you will likely not appreciate any relationship you may have. Try to do as much as you can for your friends without the thought of asking for anything back.
38. Amazing friends will help you grow
“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.” – William Shakespeare (Maybe)
It’s very debatable if this quote is from Shakespeare and I wanted to put that disclaimer upfront. The quote is a great one nonetheless. A friend is someone who can accept both where you’ve been as well as where you’re trying to go. They’ll accept your flaws and try to help you move forward and improve on your journey.
39. A terrible friend can hurt you emotionally
“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
A friend who betrays your trust will wound your mind for life. It will take a lot of time and effort for you to learn to trust people again after you’ve been thrown under the bus by a “best” friend.
40. Friendship is a choice
“Friends are the family you choose” – Jess C. Scott
While many of us are lucky to have a healthy, happy family, many others are not as fortunate and end up in abusive homes. We’re extremely lucky that we have some control over who our friends are. In this manner we’re able to create a loving condition where we can actively choose to keep positive people around us who bring us up when we’re feeling down.
41. Stand by your best buds
“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” – Dean Koontz
As much as we tend to value and going to objects and possessions in our life, it’s very likely that friends are the most valuable pieces we could ever hope to hold on to. Forget about that fancy car, you can’t take it with you to the next life anyways.
42. Tell your friends you love them
“Do not save your loving speeches. For your friends till they are dead; Do not write them on their tombstones, Speak them rather now instead.” – Anna Cummins
Tell your best friends you love them now before it’s too late. We often hold our emotions inside because we don’t want to be overdramatic or oversensitive. I think this is just an excuse though because we’re afraid of leaving ourselves vulnerable by showing our true feelings. Tell your friends you love them – it’s not a big deal and it will mean so much.
43. Extraordinary friendships requires understanding
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard
A real friend is someone who knows about your past and your flaws but still chooses to stand by you. They see the best in you and will work hard to see that you become the person you were meant to be.
44. Choose your friends wisely
“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley
I think this is my favorite best friend quotes of all time. I think it becomes truer as time goes on and friendships are tested. Your best friends are bound to mess up and hurt you sooner or later, and that’s OK because no one is perfect. Have some awareness that your friends will hurt you and you’ll also hurt them one day. Just hope that you’ll love each other enough to push through the rough patches.
45. Some friendships come from fate
“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson
Life is weird sometimes. In many ways like love at first sight, you’ll likely know a lifelong friends in the first moments of meeting them. Be aware of this possibility and try your best to not let it pass you by.
46. Who you’re with is more important than what you’re doing
“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh.
“I wish I were there to be doing it, too.” – A.A. Milne
Even the most meaningless tasks can feel wonderful with the right people. It’s usually not important where you are or what you’re doing as it is who you’re with. I’d rather be in the gutters with my friends than in the limelight by myself.
47. It’s OK to miss friends
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens
I can only hope this quote holds true because parting from your best friends hurts an incredible amount. That said the pain of losing a friend is often always worth the lifetime of joy that your friendship has brought to one another. We can only hope that one day we’ll all meet our friends again.
48. Great friendships can begin anywhere
“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” – Richard Bach
Some people just instructively know each other in a different level. Your lifelong friends will likely learn more about who you truly are within the first moments of meeting you than your long time acquaintances that likely don’t have a lot in common with you.
49. Awesome friendships don’t wear away
“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.” – Tennessee Williams
Our thoughts and emotions can transcend space and time. Your true friendships will not lessen because you are apart from each other in terms of distance or time apart. When you meet your true friends again it’ll be as if you’ve been with them this whole time.
50. Best friends accept your flaws
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” – Bernard Meltzer
Your truly best friends stuck with you even after they learn about your flaws and imperfections. They’ll do their best to help you work on your mistakes while always being there to provide you support in your time off need. Keep in mind that nobody is perfect and to cut your oaks some slack.
51. Best friends can disagree and still be friends
“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” – Plutarch
A true friend will not be afraid to disagree with you from time to time. They will try to give you their honest opinion even if it causes distress and conflict between you. Your acquaintances, however, will likely not care enough to get into an argument with you and just passively nod along.
52. A good friend will keep you sane
“A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” – Lois Wyse
The world is crazy – I’m very certain of that. I’m also eternally grateful that we have these humans we call friends that will stand by us, look after us, comfort us, and come along with us in this crazy place.
53. All you need is one good friend
“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.” – Aristotle
Don’t worry about all the people that hate you. In addition to that there are billions of people that don’t even know who you are. Spend your time and attention on the friends and family who truly love you and care about your well-being.
54. Friends can make a bad day turn around
“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
It’s definitely true that your friends will make the worst days a little better by comforting you. They’ll make your good days even better by celebrating with you. So no matter how your day goes, having a true friend will always make things better.
55. Stand up to your friends if they’re messing up
“Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.” – Benjamin Franklin
It takes a lot of guys to be honest and vulnerable in telling your friends your faults and insecurities. It’s definitely even harder to confront your friend with their faults and wrongdoings in hopes of them improving themselves.
56. The best companions will find their way to you
“Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.” – Mandy Hale
Your best friend and your life partner with have a wonderful and mysterious way of finding you. If you have to chase anyone down to an overwhelming extent then they’re probably just not meant to be with you. What was meant will always be right?
57. Our happiness is dependent on those we love
“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” – Albert Einstein
For the people who we truly care about, their happiness is essential to our own. I definitely can’t imagine being very happy if my friends or family were going through a tough episode and enduring much pain.
58. We are all connected
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” – William James
I deeply believe that we are all connected deep down. We’re all part of this Earth, this universe, and this weird and crazy thing we call the human experience. Hopefully we can come to understand this and see each other as friends and not contestants in this lifetime.
59. Take care of your friends
“Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.” – Aristotle
What good would all the riches in the world be if you had no one to share it with? With our very best friends we can still have a great time even if we’re financially broke or even enduring a terrible time. Just think about how fun it is to watch an incredibly bad movie with some of your best friends.
60. Your friends are your life
“To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away” – Sophocles
Your friends in many ways are an inseparable part of who you are as a person. They determine your level of happiness and can often relieve you in times of grief. Their influence changes who you are on a daily basis. To lose a true friend would literally change who you are and what you’ll become.
61. Friends are the best parts of life
“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.” – Abraham Lincoln
The times and memories I have with my friends and family are the happiest of my life. They are the high points of my life and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.
62. Learn to forgive your friends
“Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” – Jean de La Bruyère
People, bound by our very nature, are bound to make many, many mistakes. Nobody makes the right decision every time. If we ditch our friends every time they make a mistake or have a shortcoming, then we won’t have many friends for long.
63. True friends support each other
“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau
Your friends are the people who help you chase after your dreams and pick you up whenever you fail to reach them. They are also an essential part of your journey towards your dreams that makes the process all the more significant.
64. True pals are with you when you’re down
“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
It’ll be during the hard times that you’ll find out who your real friends are. Everyone will come to your parties and be happy to hang out when you’re doing well. Your best friends, however, will be the first ones there when you’re out on your luck and going through some hard times.
65. You will often find who your true friends are when life is hard
“The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Your real friends will become especially significant as they help you through hard times. It’s often these terrible moments of tragedy that you will fully understand who really cares about you and will stand by you.
66. Friends come in many different shapes
“I don’t like to commit myself about Heaven and Hell, you see, I have friends in both places.” – Mark Twain
Keep in mind that your friends are never perfect. As you travel through life you’re bound to run into people on both sides of the tracks. Be mindful and considerate that everyone has a unique past that has shaped them into the person they are today.
67. Friends fight, and that’s OK
“True friendship is never serene.” – Marquise de Sevigne
Real friends will not be afraid to disagree and be confrontational with you. People make mistakes all the time and a friend that cares enough to stand up to you when you’re wrong is incredibly valuable.
68. Let’s be friends forever
“We’ll be friend ’til we’re old and senile. … Then we’ll be new friends!” – Anonymous
Love this silly quote about friendship. Deep down I hope we can stay with our best friends forever… Even if one day we forget them or they pass on that we’ll all be together again one day.
Stand by your best friends
If you’re lucky enough to find one good friend who understands, appreciates, and stands by you through tough times then consider yourself some of the most fortunate people on earth. Our best friends are the people who make life worth living. They make the worst days a little brighter and the saddest times bearable.
Hope you’ll send something nice to a friend today,