30 Quotes for Your Best Friend

Power of Friendship

There’s an incredible power in friendship. Research continues to uncover how powerful our associations are and the impact it has on our future. One of the big mistakes I cover in my book, The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future, is this power. It’s important to be conscious of it and to cultivate your friendships with care.

Leaders take note: it’s also important for us at work. Gallup’s research also shows that our performance at work is enhanced when we have a best friend at work.

When you do have a true friend, treasure your friendship. Perhaps you can send one of these quotes to that friend today or write one in a card as a thank you.

Here are a few quotes on friendship:


“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell


“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


“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” -Arnold Glasgow


“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


“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” -A.A. Milne


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” -C.S. Lewis


“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” -Aristotle


“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.” -John Evelyn


“I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” -Plutarch


“There is nothing I wouldn’t do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature.” -Jane Austen


“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.” -A.A. Milne


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


“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” -Zig Ziglar


“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” -Henry David Thoreau


“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” -Eleanor Roosevelt


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


“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” -Ray Bradbury


“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” -Woodrow Wilson


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


“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” -Robert Louis Stevenson


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


“Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” -Jean de la Fontaine


“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


“Friends should be like books, few, but hand-selected.” -C.J. Langenhoven


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


“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” -Tennessee Williams


“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” -Helen Keller


“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” -Charles Swindoll


“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Carl Buechner


“It seems they had always been, and would be, friends. Time could change, but not that.” -A.A. Milne


And some additional quotes after publication to share:


“Friendship means you want to be there when it matters. To walk part of the way together.” -Anja Smit


“The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement…it is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.” -David Whyte



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