Inspirational Friendship Quotes

These friendship quotes come from some of the great writers and thinkers of history. Emerson, C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain all have had lots to say about friendship in the past.

Three friends on snow covered mountain top with friendship quote.

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True friendship sometimes requires a little effort and perseverance, like all good things in life. It can be hard to express how we feel about those closest to us.

So why not pass one of these quotes about friendship on to a partner or friend and brighten their day a little. Happy quote hunting.

A Top 10 List of my
Favourite Friendship Quotes


"The only way to have a friend is to be one."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 : Poet, lecturer and philosopher


"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings."

- Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 : Author, poet and philosopher


"One of the greatest titles we can have is old friend….
Today is the day to invest in those people we hope will call us
'old friend' in years to come."

- Grant Fairley


"One friend in a lifetime is much;
two are many; three hardly possible."

- Henry Brooks Adams 1838 - 1918 : Novelist, journalist and historian


"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 1898 - 1963 : Novelist and scholar


"You don't just luck into things as much
as you would like to think you do.
You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities."

- Barbara Bush 1925 -present : Former First Lady of the United States

Two girls in a friendship hug in field of flowers.


"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 : Psychologist


"Friendship is… the sort of love one can imagine between angels."

- C.S. Lewis 1898 - 1963 : Novelist and scholar


"A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good,
and sympathises with your problems when they're not so bad."

- Arnold Glasgow


"It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882 : Poet, lecturer and philosopher

More Inspirational Friendship Quotes...

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."

 - Kahlil Gibran

"Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit." 

 - Kahlil Gibran

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

- Jim Morrison 

"I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long.
If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time."

- A.A. Milne

I'll just leave you with this beautiful Winnie the Pooh quote taken from the Disney story book collection, which is based on the works by A.A. Milne.

"This is Owl's new house," Eeyore said proudly. "what do you think of it?"
There was a long moment of silence.

Then Christopher Robin said, "It's a nice house, Eeyore, but…"
"It's the best house in the world," Piglet sighed, his eyes full of tears.

"Tell them it's your house, Piglet." Pooh whispered.
But Piglet didn't have the heart to disappoint Owl.
"No," he said. "This house belongs - sniff - to our good friend Owl."
"But Piglet," Rabbit said, "where will you live?"

"Well..," Piglet said. I-I-I guess - sniff - I shall I-live…"
"With me," Pooh broke in, taking Piglet's hand in his.
"You shall live with me, won't you, Piglet?"

"With you?" Piglet said, wiping a tear from his eye.
"Oh, thank you, Pooh Bear. Of course I will."

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