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Have a friend who’s going through a tough time? Here is our list of friendship quotes for those who stick it through tough times when you’re feeling hurt. They’re the friends that keep you strong when you’re vulnerable and calm your mind when you’re feeling out of control. If you’re looking for more relationship oriented quotes you can see our list of romantic sayings and ideas here.

Sayings to reassure your friends

1. Friends stay with you through hard times

hold you down quotes - “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller

Tell a friend you’re thinking of them:

Letting a friend know you’re thinking of them, even if the reason is silly, will brighten their day and bring a smile to their face knowing something reminded you of them. Don’t be shy and call or them in the morning with a happy message!

2. Let your friends be themselves

quote “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” — Jim Morrison

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” — Jim Morrison

Send a friend your favorite song:

Is there a song you just can’t get enough of? Send your friend a link. You might find something new you have in common.

3. Find happiness through your friends and stay by them

quote “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson

Offer help when they need it:

If you know a friend needs help with something, offer before they ask. They’ll know you’re doing it because that’s what friends do, not just because they asked you to. Sometimes your friend can be hurt or depressed without you knowing it, a simple “how are you?” text can go a long way.

4. Just be a friend

quote “'You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’” — E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

“’You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’” — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Send a friend some old pictures:

Do you have any favorite memories of spending time with a friend? Send them an old picture out of the blue. It’ll let them know you’re thinking of them and remind them of all the fun you’ve had together on your journey through life.

5. True friends always stick together

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

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

Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while:

Remember the friend you used to be close to but now you hardly see each other? Give them a call, chances are they’re thinking about you too. It might be time to rekindle your old friendship.

6. Friends are strangers with candy (jk)

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

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

Bring a friend their favorite treat:

Drop by a friend’s place with their favorite sweet treat. They’ll be happy with the treat, but even happier you remembered what their favorite is.

7. Friends believe in each other

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

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

Ask a friend about their current projects:

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we’re doing, we forget that sometimes our friends may need our support. Ask a friend about something they’ve been working on or something they’re excited about. They’ll love to know someone is interested in what they’re doing.

Here are some inspirational quotes to help you believe in yourself when you’re having a rough day.

8. Cherish your friends

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

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

Write a thank you note:

Write a friend a spontaneous thank you note. Reading it will make them smile and let them know just how much you appreciate them.

9. Be the first to reach out to your friend

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

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

Call instead of texting:

Haven’t seen a friend in a while? Give them a call instead of just sending a text. That way, you can really catch up and even share a few laughs.

10. Be kind to your friends

quote “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

“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

When a friend talks, listen:

Though some things may seem trivial, to others they can mean a great deal. Your friend will be thankful you were willing to listen when they were having a hard time.

11. Real friends understand each other

quote “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

“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

Say thank you:

Even though you’ve been going back and forth doing nice things for each other for years now, make sure to thank them every time. It’ll let them know you’re grateful for their kindness.

12. Be happy for your friend’s success

quote “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

“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

Tell a friend you’re proud of them:

Has a friend recently accomplished something they’ve been working hard at? Make sure to let them know how proud you are of what they’ve done. Congratulations and words of encouragement always mean more coming from those we are closest to.

13. Be encouraging to your true friends

quote “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

Give a friend a compliment:

We all have days of feeling self-conscious. A spontaneous compliment from you might just make a friend’s day.

14. Be grateful for the friends who hold you down

quote “A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” — Douglas Pagels

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” — Douglas Pagels

Listen to recommendations:

If your friend has been recommending a show or movie, go watch it instead of just saying you will to appease them. You might find something new to love.

15. Listen to your friends when they need you

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

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

Take an interest in your friend’s passions:

Does your friend have a book or television show they’re always talking about? Give it a try, you might find something you really enjoy and your friend will appreciate you taking an interest in things they care about.

16. Cherish friends that have your back

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

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

Take a friend out to dinner:

Treating a friend to dinner is a fun way to show them you care. It’s also a good way to thank them for being your friend without having to worry about finding the right words.

17. Stand by your best friends

quote “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” — Leigh Hunt

“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” — Leigh Hunt

Go on an adventure:

Call up a friend and go somewhere you’ve never been before. Sharing new experiences will bring you closer and create memories that will last a lifetime.

18. Friends can lift you up

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

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

Ask that new friend to hang out:

Making new friends can be hard, but putting in the effort is always worth it. Every new friendship has the potential to last a lifetime.

19. Find yourself in your friendships

hold you down quotes - “In my friend, I find a second self.” — Isabel Norton

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

Tell a friend you care:

Sometimes, all we need is a reminder that those around us care and have our backs. Remind a friend you care about them. Chances are, they care a lot about you too.

20. “‘He must have known I’d want to leave you.’ ‘No, he must have known you would always want to come back.’” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Tell your friend you are there for them:

If a friend is having a hard time, let them know you’re there for them. Dealing with struggle is much easier when you know someone has your back.

Stick by your friends and support them

Life is full of ups and downs. It’s inevitable that your friends will face times of trouble and will need someone to help support them through it. The best friends are the ones who are there in times of unhappiness – not just the ones who show up for parties.

Hope you have some great friends you can count on,

Bb