Quotes To Live By
Illustrated by Sandra Reeves
These friendship quotes and verse are all positive words of inspiration, that are uplifting to read through and appreciate those special people in our lives, they could also be used to let your friends know just how much they mean to you.
We all need friends to share life's trials and joys, especially the trials - as it is when we are struggling the most, that we find out who our true friends are.
For more positive words of love and wisdom about friends, from unknown sources, take a look at Friendship Sayings
Friendship quotes are listed alphabetically on surname/source
Friendship Quotes: A
Ziad K. Abdelnour 1960
We have three types of friends in life… friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.
Joseph Addison 1672 - 1719
The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.
Aristotle 384BC - 322BC
A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence, makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.
We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Friendship Quotes: B
Richard Bach 1936
Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626
The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.
The principal fruit of friendship is...
the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart.
William Barclay 1907 - 1978
I thank you for my friends, for those who understand me better than I understand myself. For those who know me at my worst, and still like me. For those who have forgiven me when I had no right to expect to be forgiven. Help me to be as true to my friends as I would wish them to be to me.
James Matthew Barrie 1860 - 1937
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others...
cannot keep it from themselves.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
A friend loveth at all times.
The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from the other.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
I looked for my Soul, but my Soul I could not see.
I looked for my God, but my God eluded me.
I looked for a friend and then I found all three.
Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth...
wanting ten-times more to tell you a loving lie.
I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far.
Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.
Pam Brown 1948
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.
In loneliness, in sickness, in confusion.. The mere knowledge of friendship makes it possible to endure, even if the friend is powerless to help, it is enough that they exist. Friendship is not diminished by distance or time.
Lorna Byrne 1953
Angels are my best friends, my companions and my teachers.
If we could acknowledge to ourselves and to our good friends that we love them, our lives would be more fulfilled and happy.
Keep the door open so that lost friends can walk back into your life. Friends are too precious to waste.
Lord Byron 1788 - 1824
Friendship is love without his wings.
Friendship Quotes: C
Albert Camus 1913 - 1960
Don't walk in front of me... I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me... I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend.
Trina & Jessica (2000)
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet, and two others at first speech are old friends.
Julia Child 1912 - 2004
Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
Marcus Tullius Cicero 106BC - 43BC
Friends, though absent, are still present.
John Churton Collins 1848 - 1908
In prosperity our friends know us.
In adversity we know our friends.
Sometimes me think, 'What is friend?'
And then me say... 'Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'
Corn planter (Chief) c. 1732 - 1836
Indians love their friends and kindred, and treat them with kindness.
Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead, do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.
Jamie Lee Curtis 1958
There is a point when you aren't as much mom and daughter, as you are adults and friends.
Friendship Quotes: D
Princess Diana 1961 - 1997
I touch people. I think everyone needs that. Placing a hand on a friend’s face means making contact.
Alexandre Dumas 1803 - 1870
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
Friendship Quotes: E
George Eliot 1819 - 1880
What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere, before him I may think aloud.
Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
Real friendship is shown in times of trouble, prosperity is full of friends.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one, when he discovers that someone else believes in him, and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
The only way to have a friend is... to be one.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
Epicurus 341BC - 270BC
It is not so much our friends help that helps us, as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
Of all the things which provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
Emma & Jessica
Euripides 480BC - 406BC
Friends show their love in times of trouble.
Friendship Quotes: F
Who you associate with shapes who you are.
Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.
Friendship Quotes: G
Mahatma Gandhi 1869 - 1948
With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests.
Dave Tyson Gentry
True friendship comes when silence between two people becomes comfortable.
Lucy & Jessica
Richard Gere 1949
When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it’s because of karma, some past connection.
Kahlil Gibran 1883 - 1931
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.
Arnold H. Glasgow
A true friend never gets in your way...
Unless you happen to be going down.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 - 1832
To know someone with whom you can feel there is understanding, in spite of distances or thoughts expressed, that can make life a garden.
Nicholas Grimald 1519 - 1562
Of all the heavenly gifts that mortal men command
What trusty treasure in the world can countervail a friend?
What sweeter solace shall befall than one to find
Upon whose breast thou may'st repose the secrets of thy mind
Friendship Quotes: H
Hafiz 1325 - 1389
Your heart and my heart
are very, very old friends.
E. R. Hazlip
Friendship is a horizon - which expands whenever we approach it.
Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915
A friend is someone who knows all about you
and loves you just the same.
Aldous Huxley 1894 - 1963
Let us be kinder to one another.
Friendship Quotes: I
Washington Irving 1783 - 1859
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us she will endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
Friendship Quotes: J
Susan Jeffers 1938 - 2012
Drink in the beauty of friendship. In this world of constant change, we need the comfort of friendship more than ever before.
Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826
Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but also in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
Life experiences don’t come through machines.. That you get through people.
Samuel Johnson 1709 - 1784
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.
Friendship Quotes: K
Charles Kuralt 1934 - 1997
The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.
Friendship Quotes: L
Cherish every moment with those you love, at every stage of your journey.
Family holiday in Cornwall (1973)
John Lennon 1940 - 1980
I get by with a little help from my friends.
C.S. Lewis 1898 - 1963
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What, you too? I thought I was the only one."
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865
Have I not destroyed my enemy, when I have made him into my friend?
The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
Sophia Loren 1934
Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my mother, with a capital M; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly... yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.
Mike Love 1941
The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter, what they mean to you.
Friendship Quotes: M
Margaret Mead 1901 - 1978
The closest friends I made all through life have been people who also grew up close to a loved and loving grandmother or grandfather.
Friendship Quotes: N
Native American - Chinook
We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for our future generations, and upon whose lives our lives our built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to… Teach us, and show us the Way.
This is part of a Blessing on the Native American Tribes page
Henri Nouwen 1932 - 1996
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 much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
Friendship Quotes: O
Georgia O’Keeffe 1887 - 1986
Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small, it takes time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
Friendship Quotes: P
Plautus 254BC - 184BC
Nothing but heaven itself is better than
a friend who is really a friend.
Friendship Quotes: R
Myrtle Reed 1874 - 1911
May our house always be too small to hold all of our friends.
Helen Steiner Rice 1900 - 1981
Nothing on Earth can make life more worthwhile,
Than a true, loyal friend and the warmth of a smile.
Jean Paul Richter 1763 - 1825
Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.
Aelred of Rievaulx 1109 - 1167
No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend, to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.
Anthony Robbins 1960
The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613 - 1680
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962
Friendship with oneself is important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment, when we realize we have discovered a friend.
Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 - 1273
Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes, because for those who love with heart and Soul there is no such thing as separation.
If you find a trusted friend, tell him the secrets of your Soul, if you see a rose, sing from your heart, like a nightingale.
Friendship Quotes: S
Francis de Sales 1567 - 1622
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
Susan Schutz 1944
When someone cares...
it is easier to speak, it is easier to listen,
it is easier to play, it is easier to work.
When someone cares it is easier to laugh.
Albert Schweitzer 1875 - 1965
At times our own Light goes out and it is rekindled by a spark from another being. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
In everyone's life, at sometime, 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.
Nicholas Sparks 1965
My wife, my family, my friends...
They've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell... loving someone is about giving, not receiving.
Steven Spielberg 1946
Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 - 1894
A friend is a present you give yourself.
No man is useless... while he has a friend.
Friendship Quotes: T
Theophrastus 350BC - 285BC
True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited.
But in adversity they come without invitation.
Your friends are the one true note in the dissonant music of life. They are there to commiserate and console, to act as sounding boards and healing centres, but most of all, simply to be there when you need them.
Friendship Quotes: W
William Arthur Ward 1921 - 1994
Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.
Learn and grow all you can.
Serve and befriend all you can.
Enrich and inspire all you can.
Lilian Whiting 1859 - 1942
To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing.
Walt Whitman 1819 - 1892
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Anthony Douglas Williams
Finding an old friend is like finding a lost treasure.
Those that will always help a friend, will always have a friend.
Treat other animals as friends and they become friends. Treat other animals as family and they become family. Give other animals your love and they will love you in return.
Joseph B. Wirthlin 1917 - 2008
Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us to rise to our best.
Virginia Woolf 1882 - 1941
Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.
Lois Wyse 1926 - 2007
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.
All friends are not for life, but if you have a true friend, you have a life.
For all of us, whether we walk old paths or blaze new trails, friends remain important.
Friendship Quotes: Y
William Butler Yeats 1865 - 1939
There are no strangers here.. Only friends you haven’t met yet.
Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
Friendship Quotes: Z
Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them... your smile, your hope and your courage.