What Are The Best Friendship Quotes?

Updated April 19, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Sometimes you want to express how you feel to close friends but can't come up with the words. Finding the right quote can make your friend feel validated and special, and knowing that you are paying it forward to another person can also give you a sense of contentment and true friendship. Here are some of the best quotes about platonic friendship.

We Don't Always Know How To Express Our Thoughts And Emotions

Old Friend Quotes

"The best mirror is an old friend." — George Herbert

An old friend will give you a better picture of yourself than a looking glass. Old friends will be truthful, honest, and tell it like it is.

"It takes a long time to grow an old friend." — John Leonard

A new friendship is similar to planting a seed and watching it grow. In the beginning, they take a lot of time and nurturing to survive. Once a friendship or baby plant gets bigger and stronger, it doesn't need as much attention to thrive. Once it is mature and has gone through its growth period, it can survive many adversities.

"The most valuable antiques are old friends." — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

An antique is old and has either a nostalgic or monetary value.

Best Friend Quotes

"A best friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find, lucky to have." — Unknown

Four leaf-clovers are next to impossible to find and to do so, you have to do a lot of searching. Once you find a precious, rare clover, it is considered very lucky. The same is true for a best friend.

"A good friend knows all your best stories. A best friend lived them all with you." — Unknown

You’re likely to tell a good friend stories about your trips, laugh fests, embarrassments, shopping sprees, etc. You won't have to tell your best friend those stories because they are often with you when you experience them.

"A best friend sees the first tear, catches the second, and stops the third." — Unknown

Sometimes, you may feel like crying, but you hold those tears in because you don't want others to see you in a vulnerable position. Your best friend can often see past those tears and will be there to support you in whatever you are going through. They will also say the things that make you feel better to help the tears stop falling.

Book And Movie Quotes

"Why did you do this for me?” he asked. “I don't deserve it! I've never done anything for you.”

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing."

—E.B. White, “Charlotte's Web”

Being a good friend, day in and day out, means more to someone than a few big demonstrative acts.

“Only a true friend would be that truly honest,” --- Shrek

Although Shrek is a children’s movie, it can teach a lot about what friends might value in a relationship. Honesty and trust are often the most cited values in close relationships, according to studies.

"I found out what the secret to life is—friends. Best friends." ― Fannie Flagg, "Fried Green Tomatoes"

Friends raise the level of joy and contentment.

“Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” ­― "It's a Wonderful Life"

If you have seen "It's a Wonderful Life," you know that George Bailey feels his life is a failure due to a series of mishaps. This quote assures him that his life is not a failure because he had many friends who stood up for him, supported him, and wanted what was best for him. If you have encircled yourself with people like that, you are a definite success.

We Don't Always Know How To Express Our Thoughts And Emotions

"True friends are always together in spirit." ­― Lucy Maud Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"

Some friends you see every day. Some friends you see a couple of times a month. Some friends you don't see very often at all. In your heart, however, you know that they are there for you, are thinking about you, and love you even though you aren't physically together.

Quotes For Getting Through Tough Times

"Good friends make the good times better and the hard times easier." — Unknown

When things are tough, having a good friend to lean on can make those hard times easier. With a friend, you may feel like you are not alone and can get through anything.

"Hard times will always reveal true friends." — Unknown

Some of those friends may jump ship when things get tough because they don't want the stress. True friends will be there to weather the storm, support, and show love.

"It's the friends who you can call at 4 a.m. that matter." ― Marlene Dietrich

There’s a  saying that nothing good happens after midnight. If you are calling someone at 4 a.m., it's usually about something other than something good. If you can call a friend at 4 a.m. without hesitation and they won't be mad or aggravated, that is a true friend.

Funny Friendship Quotes

"Friends come and go like the waves on the ocean…but the true ones stay like an octopus on your face." — Unknown

Just like waves, surface friends or acquaintances will come and go. If you have true, invested friends, they will likely stick with you just like an octopus will adhere to other animals or objects. It's funny to think of your true friends attached to your face and wrapped around your head like an octopus.

"Friends are people who know you well and like you anyway." — Unknown

Everyone has quirks and issues; no one is perfect. You usually let your true friends see every side of you because you are comfortable with them, and they, in turn, show you their baggage.

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." ― Oprah Winfrey

If you are riding in a limo, you are likely going to a special event, or you're independently wealthy. If you have to take a bus, your car may be in the shop, or you may not own a car at all. The limo represents the good times, and the bus represents the bad times. You want someone who will be there for bad times so that they can celebrate the good times too.

"We'll be best friends forever because you know too much." — Unknown

You may tell them things that you have never told anyone else. This quote is said tongue-in-cheek, with the hope that even if a friendship dissolves, one or both individuals won't go around airing the other's dirty laundry.

"True friendship is when you walk into their house, and your Wi-Fi connects automatically." — Unknown

You don't give your Wi-Fi password to just anyone, and you wouldn't need the Wi-Fi password if you didn't spend a lot of time there. You may spend a lot of time at your friend's house because it is a place of joy and comfort.

Therapy Can Help With Any Relationship Concerns

Friendships can help enrich our lives, but they can take work to maintain. If you have difficulty expressing your feelings to others or have any relationship concerns you cannot handle, consider contacting a counselor for support. An unbiased, objective professional can help you better understand yourself and your relationships with others.

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