7 inspirational quotes about friends and why they matter

Inspirational quotes about friendsWhy do friends matter?

They matter because people are social animals and we need other people. They might drive us nuts occasionally but we still need them.

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. In other words, friends and family help in satisfying this need.

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 more than they might be put off by our many faults and idiosyncrasies.

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

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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The truth about personality

Truth about personalityEveryone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~Mark Twain

People are not one dimensional. We all have many sides to our personality. Some of those sides are good and some are not so good.

Most of us have sufficient self-awareness to recognise the least attractive sides to our own personality and we try to keep them hidden. For the most part we’re successful in doing that but we can’t do it all the time.

Occasionally the ugly side of our personality will show itself. We just can’t help it.

When you meet someone new, you’re only likely to see the better sides of their personality initially and you might think, “Oh, they’re really nice.”

However the longer you know someone the more you’ll get a complete picture of the whole person. Only then can you truly know whether you like and/or trust that person or not. Only then can you begin to know the real person, warts and all.

If you really like them then you’ll forgive them their ugly side and accept that no one is perfect.

However if the ugly side is more powerful than the attractive side then you might conclude that this person is not someone you want in your life any more than is necessary.

All of this is just human nature of course, so don’t be too hard on people.

However it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want to avoid someone if they cast a dark shadow on your life. Life is too short to surround yourself with negative people and bad influences.

So accept the truth about personality and take time to get to know people before you form a judgement. Don’t rush into establishing ‘Best friends forever‘ status but equally don’t dismiss people before you really know them.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship

Quotes about friendshipFriendship 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 whom, if they called us at 3am because they were in trouble , we’d go out of our way to help them.

In short; they are people who really matter to us.

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

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have lots of friends.

Whilst you may be on good terms with lots of people, how many would be there shoulder-to-shoulder with you if you were in serious trouble?

Real friends will be there for you no matter what. Everyone else in your life are just people you know with varying degrees of familiarity.

Real 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.

Quotes about friendshipWe 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 Breault
  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. Quotes about friendshipFriends 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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