23 Best Friend Quotes and Why Friends Can Be Family

Best Friend Quotes

These best friends quotes are sure to put a smile on your face and make you think about that special person in your life. These are some of the sweetest quotes about best friends we could find, so sit back and enjoy.

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1. Bill Watterson on Best Friends and Scariness

“Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.” ~ Bill Watterson

“Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.” ~ Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson is the author and illustrator behind Calvin and Hobbes, so he knows a thing or two about what life is like with a best friend. Calvin would go on tons of crazy adventures with Hobbes, and rarely would he seem like he’s scared, even when he’s soaring through the air after having sledded down a snow covered mountain. Hobbes would be right there with him soaring through the air.

This is a great quote to remember just how special it is to have your best friend by your side.

2. A. A. Milne on Living One Hundred Years

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ~ A. A. Milne

This is from the author of the beloved Winnie the Pooh books, and sums up what it’s like to have a friend so near and dear that you can’t bear the thought of being without them, even for a day. This quote is nice because it wishes a long life to your best friend, and to yourself, but lets them know how important they are, and what a big part of your world they make up. It’s the sort of quote that pulls at the heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you tell your best friend this and they start to tear up.

3. Omar Kiam Says Find Your Best Friend

“Somewhere on this planet is your best friend. Find that person.” ~ Omar Kiam

It’s true that there’s someone out there that can be your best friend. If they’re not already in your life it makes sense to seek them out. It’s that important to have a best friend in your life. You don’t want to go another day without one if you don’t have one. Just remember that if you’re looking too hard you won’t find them, so don’t make it a stressful affair, just be relaxed and be yourself and set your intention at having your best friend come into your life. And if they’re already in your life focus on keeping them in your life.

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4. Elbert Hubbard on How Well Friends Know You

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

A best friend doesn’t just like the great parts of you and dislikes the parts that aren’t so pleasing, they see the entire picture and still want to be your bestest friend. It’s those friends that are really special and are the ones that you have to hold onto as long as you can. It’s easy to find friends that only love us for our good traits, so make sure that you pay attention to the friends that have seen your faults and still want to be your friend. See who it is in your life that you’re a best friend to.

5. Doe Zantamata on How Best Friends Help Us

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.” ~ Doe Zantamata

“Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.” ~ Doe Zantamata

This is the definition of a best friend, that person that helps you be the best version of yourself you can be. The version that is quick with a smile, that is full of hope, and that radiates courage. These are the attributes we try to have, and that are nurtured by the right friends. Being able to bring those qualities out in us is what separates just a so so friend to a good friend, and a good friend to a great friend. Sometimes life can drag us down, but at the same time a friend will be right there to pick us back up.

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6. Pamela Daranjo on How Friends Are Like Angels

“I believe in angels, the kind that heaven sends. I’m surrounded by angels, and I call them my best friends” ~ Pamela Daranjo

This is a beautiful quote about best friends and equates them to angels. The best friends in our lives do seem like angels, dropping out of the clouds right when we need them the most. The best part is that you don’t have to have just one best friend, you can have several and your life will seem like it is full of angels. The funny thing is there are likely people out there that picture you as an angel in their life. It’s great that friendship works both ways, and you have the opportunity to be someone else’s best friend too.

7. Nathanael Richmond Says Best Friends Make Best Days

“Best friends can turn a horrible day into one of the best days of your life.” ~ Nathanael Richmond

It’s pretty magical to be able to turn a bad day into a great day, but best friends typically have that ability and can use it whenever they want. When things aren’t going the way you thought they would, and you’ve labeled the day a bad day, it’s amazing how your best friend can come along and make you laugh and show you how silly you were being by being negative about how the day was going. It could be that you two go off and have a great time in the midst of a bad day.

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8. Donna Roberts on Best Friends Helping Us Sing

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

This is a nice way to phrase what a best friends can do and how they can make you feel. They know how you are on the inside where it really counts, and if you start to doubt yourself and forget how awesome you are, your best friend will be there to remind you and will help you through it and get you back to the place where you really belong. It’s that sort of ability that makes best friends a prized possession, so make sure that you are reciprocating and being a good best friend back to them.

9. Albert Camus on How to Walk with Friends

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

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

Friends walk beside each other and take life on together. Best friends know this instinctually and that’s what makes it so great to have them around. They don’t try to get you to go a certain way, they don’t expect you to lead them a certain way. They just want to enjoy life with you and take on the challenges that life brings from time to time together with you. That’s the part that so-so friends just don’t get. Some people have different notions about what it means to be a friend and that may not line up with your own.

10. Grace Pulpit on Friends and When They Come

“A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” ~ Grace Pulpit

When you see everyone heading for this hills in your life, and you see just one or two heading the other way and helping you out in your time of need, it’s important to make sure that you remember these are your true friends. It’s so interesting to see how people come and go into and out of your life as the tides change in your life. When things are good everyone wants to be your friend, but when things go awry you’ll be surprised at how few people stick around.

11. Marlene Dietrich on Late Nite Friends

“It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” ~ Marlene Dietrich

Those are the friends you want to keep in your life no matter what, because sooner or later the stuff is going to hit the fan and you’ll want someone that doesn’t set appointment hours for your friendship. Knowing that you can call them whenever you need to means that they will change their plans and their sleeping habits to provide assistance when you need it. The best part about a 4am friend is that you know if they ever needed it you’d gladly do the same for them.

12. Eleanor Roosevelt on Footprints of Friends

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

This is as true as it gets, the way friends leave an indelible footprint behind in your heart. You can’t forget the real friends in your life, so the best way to tell whether someone is a true and best friend is to see how many unforgettable memories they have in your heart. It’s nice to know that you’re also making footprints in their heart, as well as the hearts of others. Isn’t it fun to consider all of the different memories we have, and how we’re lodged in the hearts of others just as they are in us?

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13. Frances Ward Weller and Friend’s Abilities

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

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

Sometimes we don’t want to hear things about ourselves, especially if they come from someone that doesn’t even know use. But it can be even harder to hear them from a friend, since we know that they know us and are seeing the real us. But when they start telling us things that we don’t want to tell ourselves, it can either be an enlightening experience or one that makes us upset. A real friend won’t spare our feelings and will tell it like it is even if we can’t stand hearing it.

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14. Marceline Desbordes-Valmore on How Friends Complete Each Other

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?” ~ Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

This is a great way to describe a best friend, as if you’re pretty much the same book, just split up into two different volumes. Books get split into volumes when there’s too much inside to be contained by just one book. This makes a great analogy because it’s as if there was just too much life to be contained in one body so you were split up in order to make life possible. If you always thought of your best friend as your other half, this is a nice literary way of envisioning what it’s like to be one and the same.

15. Douglas Pagels on the Awesomeness of Friendship

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” ~ Douglas Pagels

Don’t forget that friendship works both ways, you get to be a best friend to your best friend, and it’s something that you should keep up with on a regular basis. Don’t think that you can do one good deed one month and then take the next month off. Friendship is like a seed, you need to water it and fertilize it to make it grow. If you neglect it and let it sit then there’s no telling if weeds will grow or it will just die. Be sure to make an effort with all of your best friends.

16. Elisabeth Foley on Growth and Friendship

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

We’re all growing all of the time so it’s not a matter of halting that growth, and it’s not a matter of making sure that you go together with someone. You don’t have to grow in the same direction in order to grow together, you can grow your way and they can grow their way and you can still be best friends, because you don’t have to grow apart. You want to encourage each other to grow, and to follow your own respective bliss, not be a hindrance to growth.

17. Caroline Sheridan Norton on Sunshine, Shade, and Friendship

“We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade.” ~ Caroline Sheridan Norton

“We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade.” ~ Caroline Sheridan Norton

It’s not just the friends that have shared in the good times, but the ones that have shared in the bad times that become best friends. That’s an important distinction to make because it is human nature to want to get out of a bad time, and so best friends are overriding that voice that says run so that they can stay with you when things aren’t as fun as they used to be. It’s these same friends that will help you return to a better place.

18. William Blake on the Human Home

“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” ~ William Blake

What an eloquent way to say that friendship is our home. When you have a best friend it’s like having the coziest home imaginable. They make everything better, each meal you have together, each drink you have together, each fun experience you live with each other, the times when you make each other crack up, and the times when you talk about the deep and meaningful things. They’re like the person that you want to spend all of your time with and that you’re thinking about when they’re not around.

19. Thoreau on the Language of Friendship

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

It’s funny to think about all of the meaning we attach to things, and how much meaning we give the friends in our lives. Best friends are especially meaningful, and it’s almost as if they come with their own language that you speak just the two of you. The meaning that gets placed behind a best friend is basically unrivaled, except for maybe a soulmate. When your soulmate and your best friend are the same person even more meaning gets heaped onto things. Is your best friend your soulmate or are they two different people?

20. Linda Grayson on the Role of Chocolate in a Friendship

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

This is a cute way of picturing your best friend holding your favorite chocolate. Once you have a clear image in your mind of your best friend handing you your favorite chocolate you can pretty much imagine what heaven is like. It’s cute the way she has figured out that friends are great, but friends with chocolate are even better. This is so true, except that she forgot about best friends and the special place they hold in our hearts. And also that not all chocolate is created equally, so a so-so friend with lousy chocolate isn’t like a best friend with good chocolate.

21. Jess Scott on Friends and Family

“Friends are the family you choose.” ~ Jess C. Scott

“Friends are the family you choose.” ~ Jess C. Scott

They say you can’t choose your family, but you sure can choose your friends. The best part is that you can also choose your best friends, but it often happens a lot more seamlessly than that. They will just rise to the top naturally because it’s an organic process. You don’t really choose them when it all happens perfectly. The two of you are just drawn to each other as best friends because you admire qualities in each other than are also within yourself.

22. Nietzsche on Love and Friendship

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

They say that love is blind, but with friendship it’s a different ball game. With friendship he’s saying that they see your faults and your blemishes and they intentionally close their eyes to them. It almost makes friendship a more special thing than love if we are using an eyesight test, because love didn’t choose to be blind it just is and it leads us to places based on our feelings. Friendship uses a combination of feelings and thoughts and is able to see everything but still chooses to ignore the things in us that others turn away from.

23. Leo Buscaglia on Friendship and Roses

“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

What a beautiful way to refer to a friend, and most likely this would be your best friend. Very few friends become the world to you, and it’s the best friends in your life that have the capacity to take up all of it. When you get lost in a rose it is as if you have an entire garden full of them. When you think of how great your best friend is it’s like you have an army of friends behind you. All you need is one good best friend instead of dozens or hundreds of mediocre friends.

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  1. I’ve been walked on,used and forgotten,and I don’t regret one moment of it,because in those moments I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned who i can trust and can’t. I’ve learned the meaning of friendship. I’ve learned how to tell when people are lying and when they’re sincere. I’ve learned how to be my self,and appreciate the truly great people in my life as they arrive.

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