Friendship Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old friendship quotes, friendship sayings, and friendship proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

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


Hold a true friend with both your hands.      

Nigerian Proverb

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

Walter Winchell

The wise man learns more from his enemies than the fool does from his friends.      

Baltasar Gracián

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

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

Elisabeth Foley

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.     

Octvaia Butler

Who is mighty? He who makes an enemy into a friend.      

Hebrew (on friends and foes)

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Keep your friendships in repair.      

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.     

Khalil Gibran

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

Woodrow Wilson

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing     

Elie Wiesel

Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.      

Robert Brault

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

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 Glasgow

Friends are God's way of taking care of us.      


A true friend is the best Possession.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.      

Mencius (c.371-289)

Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.      

Sun Tzu

Make a friend when you don't need one.      

Jamaican (on friendship)

No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

One enemy is too many and a hundred friends too few.      


Little friends may prove great friends.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.      

Rod McKuen

The best mirror is an old friend.      

George Herbert (1593-1632)

The road to a friend's house is never long.      

Danish Proverb