7 inspirational quotes about friends and why they matter


Why do friends matter? They matter because people are social animals and we need other people. A fundamental human need is the need to feel secure. So having other people in our lives gives us a greater sense of security. It means we feel slightly less vulnerable.

Another fundamental need is the need for certainty. So having the same people in our lives on a regular basis provides us with a greater sense of certainty. Friends, as well as family, fulfil this role.

And then there’s sharing our lives with people whose company we enjoy. People who see the world the way we do. People who enjoy the things we enjoy. Those people who appreciate our company, despite our many faults and idiosyncrasies.

We don’t always value our friends as we should but having a few really good friends makes life very special.

If you’re lucky enough to have at least one good friend then make sure you let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about friends to reinforce why I believe they matter.

Inspirational quotes about friends:

  1. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  2. I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it friends make life a lot more fun. ~Charles R. Swindoll
  3. Friendship is not something you learn in school but if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  4. 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. ~Octavia Butler
  5. 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
  6. Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. ~Bill Watterson
  7. A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. ~Elbert Hubbard

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21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship

Friendship is a relationship of equals. Friends are people with whom we have things in common. They are people whose company we enjoy. They are people, if they called us in trouble at 3am, we’d go out of our way top to help. They are people who really matter to us.

If you have one true friend, a real pal, then you are lucky indeed. If you have two, then you have all you need.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have lots of friends. You may be on good terms with lots of people. However how many would be shoulder-to-shoulder with you if you were in serious trouble? It’s those people who are your real friends.

Friendship is a truly precious gift. So appreciate your real friends and let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship, to make you think and to remind you that having friends is really what makes life bearable.

We are social animals and we need other people. And the best people are the people we call friends. They are the ones with whom we choose to spend our time.

Quotes about friendship:

  1. You cannot buy with gold the old associations. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Wishing to be friends is quick work but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. ~Aristotle
  3. Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. ~Woodrow Wilson
  4. If you wanna find out who’s a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time then see who sticks around. ~Karen Salmonsohn
  5. 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
  6. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. ~David Tyson Gentry
  7. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~Khalil Gibran
  8. It’s the friends you can call up at 4.00 am that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich
  9. Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. ~Alexander Dumas
  10. 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
  11. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau
  12. I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Brault
  13. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. ~Samuel Butler
  14. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ~Elbert Hubbard
  15. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
  16. Friends are the family you choose. ~Jess C. Scott
  17. 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
  18. Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. ~Socrates
  19. A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile. ~Author Unknown
  20. Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. ~ WaqarWaqar Ahmed
  21. 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. ~Ray Bradbury

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