Friendship Quotes, Sayings, Captions

Being friends is much more than just doing things together and hanging out. There are many levels of friendship, and this list of inspiring friendship quotes touches on every one of them.

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Touching friendship quotes from the heart

Here’s a wide selection of friendship quotes and sayings for every type of relationship, whether it’s your best friend, a long-time friend, or new acquaintance.

1. Best friend quotes

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
G. Randolf

Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?
Jane Austen

If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.
S.E. Hinton

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Aristotle

Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.
Sarah Dessen

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

Best friends are the people in your life who make you laugh louder, smile brighter and live better.
Unknown

Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.
Vincent van Gogh

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

A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.
Frances Ward Weller

friendship quotes sayings

True friends

True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.
Helen Keller

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

True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.
Nicole Richie

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.
Richard Burton

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Bernard Meltzer

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas

True friends are always together in spirit.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Albert Einstein

True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.
Josh Grayson

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Elisabeth Foley

Real friendship

You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter

When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?
Eugene Kennedy

A real friendship should not fade as time passes, and should not weaken because of space separation.
John Newton

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

2. New friends quotes

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

Each new friendship can make you a new person, because it opens up new doors inside of you.
Kate DiCamillo

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

There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.
Jim Henson

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.
Maya Angelou

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

Quotes about old friends, long-time friends

Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon

‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.
Charles Lamb

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.
Dorothy Parker

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.
George R.R. Martin

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

Eleanor Roosevelt quote

3. Long distance friendship quotes

Distance means so little, when someone means so much.
Tom McNeal

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.
William James

Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
Ally Condie

Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
Richard Bach

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.
Kahlil Gibran

As long as we share the same sky and breathe the same air, we’re still together.
Donna Lynn Hope

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.
Charles Dickens

A part of you has grown in me, together forever we shall be, never apart, maybe in distance, but not in heart.
Unknown

Missing you sayings

Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.
Tennessee Williams

There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.
Diana Cortes

There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.
Dodinsky

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.
Robert Southey

4. Happiness friendship quotes

Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
Epicurus

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

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
C.S. Lewis

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Touching, emotional friendship quotes

A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world.
Leo Buscaglia

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

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself.”
C.S. Lewis

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.
Albert Camus

How beautiful it is to find someone who asks for nothing but your company.
Brigitte Nicole

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.
Henry David Thoreau

Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.
Steve Maraboli

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Helen Keller friendship quote

Deep quotes

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anais Nin

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

When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.
Maria Shriver

Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.
Vincent Van Gogh

Touching quotes

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
Donna Roberts

A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have.
Sarah Valdez

How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
Henry David Thoreau

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Khalil Gibran

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

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
Octavia Butler

5. Short friendship quotes

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
Edna Buchanan

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.
Aristotle

The best mirror is an old friend.
George Herbert

No friendship is an accident.
O. Henry

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.
Irish proverb

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.
Henry van Dyke

Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things.
Paulo Coelho

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Jean de La Fontaine

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Benjamin Franklin

A friend to all is a friend to none.
Aristotle

We were together. I forget the rest.
Walt Whitman

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

The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend.
Ann Kaiser Stearns

Friendship is the wine of life.
Edward Young

Life is nothing without friendship.
Cicero

Love is friendship set on fire.
Jeremy Taylor

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
Mencius

Dorothy Parker quote

6. Funny friendship quotes

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
Mark Twain

You know a real friend? Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.
William S. Burroughs

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

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
Marlene Dietrich

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

’Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.
Benjamin Franklin

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.
Jay McInerney

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain

7. Loyalty (in good and bad times) – Friendship quotes

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
Euripides

They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.
Carrie, Sex and the City

A faithful friend is a strong defense;
And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.
Louisa May Alcott

Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.
William Shakespeare

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

8. Love and friendship quotes

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Aristotle

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
Elbert Hubbard

You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

‘Why did you do all 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

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
Jane Austen

I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.
Chelsea Handler

About relationships

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

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.
A. A. Milne

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.
Socrates

9. Famous friendship quotes

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
The Bible, Proverbs 27:9

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

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

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

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
Abraham Lincoln

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
Thomas Jefferson

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

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
Hubert H. Humphrey

From poets and poetry

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
Yeats

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.
Rainer Maria Rilke

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.
Shel Silverstein

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

From literature and famous authors

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Virginia Woolf

There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
Henry David Thoreau

We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you.
Sylvia Plath

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
Oscar Wilde

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.
C.S. Lewis

‘Why is it,’ he said, one time, at the subway entrance, ‘I feel I’ve known you so many years?’
‘Because I like you,”‘ she said, ‘and I don’t want anything from you.’
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.
Toni Morrison

From Winnie the Pooh children’s books

‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.
Winnie-the-Pooh

Friendship quotes from song lyrics

I get by with a little help from my friends.
The Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.
Andrew Gold, “Thank You for Being a Friend”

10. Friendship captions for Instagram

  • We are one.
  • Friends never say goodbye.
  • Life is better with friends.
  • Good friends, good wine, good life!
  • Friends are our chosen family.
  • Good times, any time you need a friend.
  • A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
  • Your vibe attracts your tribe.
  • Friends buy you food.
  • We go together like coffee & donuts.
  • Non-biological sibs.
  • Alexa, play “True Friend” by Hannah Montana.
  • Friends ‘till the end.
  • A sassy day keeps the basics away.
  • Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they will be with you forever.
  • Friends don’t let friends do silly things alone.
  • Partners in crime and sharers of secrets.
  • Friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things.
  • Friends forever.
  • You’re the Betty to my Veronica.
  • When I say I won’t tell anyone, my best friend doesn’t count.
  • I get by with a little help from my friends.
  • Real queens fix each other’s crowns.
  • The Romy to my Michele.
  • F is for friends who do stuff together.
  • Better together.

Best friend captions

  • Best friends eat your food.
  • She’s my bestie!
  • BFF sisters.
  • Sometimes being with your best friend is all the therapy you need.
  • I was sweet and innocent… then my best friend came along.
  • Besties for the resties.
  • Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.
  • A best friend is someone who loves you when you forget to love yourself.
  • I found out what the secret to life is — friends. Best friends.

Funny friendship captions

  • You don’t have to be crazy to be my friend. I’ll train you.
  • Life’s too short and so are we.
  • I never let my best friend do stupid things… alone.
  • The “she” to my “nanigans.”
  • We finish each other’s sandwiches.
  • Yes, we know how obnoxious we are together. No, we don’t care.
  • We’ll be friends forever because you already know too much.

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