Update: For a complete collection of the best quotes, check this out.
I love quotes since they are among the kinds of information which have the highest density of wisdom. Reading and pondering quotes can give you very high return on your time investment.
One important topic – I believe – is friendship. Friendship makes our life colorful and wonderful (see also 5 Reasons Why Relationships Should be Your Top Priority). So I went through hundreds of friendship quotes and pick the best ones out of them. These are 43 quotes on friendship which I found to be the most insightful. Take time to ponder each of them and think about how to apply it in your life.
The importance of friendship
To have a friend and be a friend Is what makes life worthwhile.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr.
The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Friends are special, treasure them.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a friend?
A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful.
William Arthur Ward
A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.
Friends: people who know you well, but like you anyway.
What is a friend? I will tell you . . . . it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
Signs of true friendship
Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.
Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter.
James F. Cooper
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend until he is unhappy.
When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until it fades.
No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as if I’m getting richer and richer
How to choose friends
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
W. Clement Stone
Choose your friends wisely-they will make or break you.
J. Willard Marriott
Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
Thomas J. Watson
How to make friends
You can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
The shortest distance between new friends is a smile.
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.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
How to build friendship
Support your friends – even in their mistakes. But be clear, however, that it is the friend and not the mistake you are supporting.
Think to Thank. In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness.
Thomas S. Monson
Reprove your friend privately, commend him publicly.
Confidence is the foundation of friendship. If we give it, we will receive it.
Harry E. Humphreys, Jr.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honouring of differences, not simply in the enjoyment of similarities.
Every one has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.
The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man’s success in life.
Edward E. Hale
The best mirror is a friend’s eye.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.