Friends are chosen family, and therefore incredibly valued in each of our lives. Friends are the sisters and brothers we never had, and are by our side in any given situation. We know our friends deserve something phenomenal to celebrate them for a special occasion or to simply brighten their day just because.

It may be difficult to put into words how thankful you are for your friend. That’s why we gathered 100 friendship quotes to celebrate your best friend, and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect one to pinpoint exactly what your best friend means to you.

Inspirational Friendship Quotes to Cheer Them On

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A great friendship is irreplaceable — it can inspire you to grow into a better version of yourself. If you have a friend who motivates you, return the favor and be their number one cheerleader with one of these motivational quotes.

1. “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

2. “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” 

– Thomas J. Watson

3. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

– Elisabeth Foley

4. “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

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

– Tennessee Williams

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

– Carl W. Buechner

7. “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

– Amy Poehler

8. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

– Audrey Hepburn

9. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

– Helen Keller

10. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

– Dumbledore

Cute Friendship Quotes to Make You Both Smile

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It’s easy for your friend to make you smile when you’re together, but sometimes when you’re apart, it may be a little harder. These precious friendship quotes are sure to get a smile out of your friend.

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

– Walter Winchell

12. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”

– Unknown

13.“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

14.“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

15. “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

16. “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

17. “It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.”

– Unknown

18. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

– Dr. Seuss

19. “A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.”

– Unknown

20. “A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.”

– Unknown

21. “We weren’t sisters [or brothers] by birth, but we knew from the start…fate brought us together to be sisters [or brothers] by heart.”

– Unknown

22. “A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have.”

– Sarah Valdez

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

– Unknown

24. “Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”

– Tennessee Williams

25. “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”

– Maria Shriver

Short and Sweet Friendship Quotes

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You don’t need too many words to describe your appreciation for your friend! Sometimes simple sayings are more impactful, and also more memorable. Keep it short and sweet with these wonderful quotes.

26. “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”

– Jim Henson

27.“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.”

– Leo Buscaglia

28.“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

– Woodrow T. Wilson

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

– Ed Cunningham

30. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.”

– Donna Roberts

31. “It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.”

– Marlene Dietrich

32. “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

– G. Randolf

33. “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.”

– Irish Proverb

34. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

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35. “True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.”

– Helen Keller

36. “No friendship is an accident.”

– O. Henry

37. “Sometimes being with your best friend is all the therapy you need.”

– Unknown

38. “Friends are the siblings God never gave us.”

– Mencius

39. “True friends are like diamonds — bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”

– Nicole Richie

40. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

– Thomas Aquinas

41. “Friends are the family you choose.“

– Jess C. Scott

42. “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”

– Misty Copeland

43. “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

– Proverbs 27:9

44. “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.”

– Unknown

45. “True friends are always together in spirit.”

– L.M. Montgomery

Funny Best Friend Quotes to Make You Laugh

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Your friends are the ones that make you laugh the hardest and have the most inside jokes with, so it’s only fitting to use a hilarious quote when writing to them. Celebrate your partner in crime with these humorous BFF quotes.

46. “Best friend: the one that you can be mad at only for a short period of time because you have important stuff to tell them.”

– Unknown

47. “You don’t have to be crazy to be my friend. I’ll train you.”

– Unknown

48. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.“

– Linda Grayson

49. “‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”

– Charles Lamb

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

– Bernard Meltzer

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

– Arnold H. Glasgow

52. “A best friend is someone who makes you laugh even when you think you’ll never smile again.”

– Unknown

53. “Best friends. Because if anyone else heard our conversations we’d end up in the mental hospital.”

– Unknown

54. “Best friends don’t care if your house is clean. They care if you have wine.”

– Unknown

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55. “If you are ever lucky enough to find a weirdo, never let them go.”

– Matthew Gray Gubler

56. “Friendship is so weird…you just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like ‘Yep, I like this one’ and you just do stuff with them.”

– Unknown

57. “It’s hard to find a friend who’s cute, loving, generous, caring, and smart. My advice to y’all is, don’t lose me.”

– Unknown

58. “I think we’ll be friends forever because we’re too lazy to find new friends.”

– Unknown

59. “Friends buy you food. Best friends eat your food.”

– Unknown

60. “God made us best friends because he knew our moms couldn’t handle us as sisters.”

– Unknown

61. “We’ll be the old ladies causing trouble in the nursing home.”

– Unknown

62. “We’ll be best friends forever because you already know too much.”

– Unknown

63. “True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.”

– Unknown

64. “Never let your best friends get lonely…keep disturbing them.”

– Candlelight Publications

65. “I love that our effortless friendship fits perfectly with my laziness.”

– Unknown

Loyalty Quotes for Your Devoted Friend

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There are friends that will never leave your side, during the best and the worst times. Those are the most loyal friends and they know how to bring out the best in you. Appreciate their loyalty with these quotes fit for your true blue friend.

66. “A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”

– Arnold H. Glasgow

67. “The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses.”

– David Storey

68. “The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares.”

– Henri Nouwen

69. “True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you’re facing problems.”

– Unknown

70. “A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.”

– Frances Ward Weller

71. “Best friends understand when you say, ‘forget it.’ Wait forever when you say, ‘just a minute.’ Stay when you say, ‘leave me alone.’ And open the door before you can say, ‘come in.’”

– Unknown

72. “When it hurts to look back and you’re afraid to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.”

– Unknown

73. “Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.”

– Unknown

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74. “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

– Albert Camus

75. “A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”

– Unknown

76. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”

– Khalil Gibran

77. “Friends…they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”

– Henry David Thoreau

78. “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

79. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Aristotle

Deep Friendship Quotes for Tight Bonds

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For those especially close friends, the friends that have been there for you in the best and worst times, you’ll want to celebrate with these extraordinary friendship quotes. Each quote is guaranteed to warm your friend’s heart.

81. “Everyone has a friend during each stage of life. But only lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life.”

– Unknown

82. “That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you — the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you — because that is what people are supposed to do.”

– Unknown

83. “Best friends share laughs, memories and inside jokes. They will always be honest and stand by your side no matter what. They wipe your tears, pick you up when you fall, and are forever a piece of your heart.”

– Unknown

84. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

– Winnie the Pooh

85. “Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.”

– Oscar Wilde

86. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

87. “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

88. “Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare — and precious as a pearl.”

– Tahar Ben Jelloun

89. “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

90. “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”

– Henri Nouwen

Friendship Quotes for Your Significant Other

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One of your best friends in life is your significant other, and most of the time they don’t hear enough how much you admire your friendship with them. Love and friendship quotes are the perfect way to make your SO’s day better.

91. “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

– Henry Ford

92. “Throughout life you will meet one person who is like no other. You could talk to this person for hours and never get bored, you could tell this person things and they will never judge you. This person is your soulmate, your best friend. Don’t ever let them go.”

– Unknown

93. “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

94. “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

95. “Love is friendship set on fire.”

– Jeremy Taylor

96. “Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”

– Anthony Robbins

97. “The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.”

– Chelsea Handler

98. “Friendship is accepting a person with all their qualities — good and bad.”

– Mohanlal

99. “Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.”

– Marilyn Monroe

100. “It’s not being in love that makes me happy. It is the person that I am in love with that does.”

– Anonymous

Your friends will love you no matter what, but showing your love for them will only increase the bond that is already built. Show the importance of your friendship with a card or colored flowers that describe your relationship. These quotes can be used in person or on a card, thanking your friend or just because. National Friendship Day comes every year on the first Sunday of August, bringing lots of hugs and reminders from friends of how much they appreciate you. Also make sure not to miss National Best Friends Day, which is every year on June 8th.