15 Classic Friendship Quotes

Hello friend (whether you’re mine or someone else’s),
One of the most powerful quotes, packed with what it means to be friend, starts this collection. It’s longer, but a must-read.
As tempting as it is to stop there, continue on reading the rest of these awesome musings about friendship.

1. “The Art of Friendship
The first step in the art of friendship is to be a friend; then making friends takes care of itself. To be a friend a man should start by being a friend to himself, by being true to his highest and best and by aligning himself with the enduring values of human life that make for growth and progress.
To be a friend a man should strive to be like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land, to be a source of refuge and strength to those who walk in darkness.
To be a friend a man should believe in the inherent goodness of men and in their potential greatness; he should treat men in a big spirit, expectant of a noble response.
To be a friend a man should strive to lift people up, not cast them down; to encourage, not discourage; to set an example that will be an inspiration to others.
To be a friend a man should be sensitively responsive to the dreams and aims of others and should show sincere appreciation for the contributions others make to the enrichment of his life.
To be a friend a man should practice the companionship of silence and the magic of words that his speech may build and not destroy, help and not hinder.
To be a friend a man should not attempt to reform or reprimand, but should strive only to make others happy if he can.
To be a friend a man should be himself, he should be done with hypocrisy, artificiality, and pretense, he should meet and mingle with people in quiet simplicity and humility.
To be a friend a man should be tolerant, he should have an understanding heart and a forgiving nature, knowing that all men stumble now and then, and that he who never made a mistake never accomplished anything.
To be a friend a man should join hands with all people who are working for great principles, great purposes and great causes; he should put his shoulder to the wheel to help achieve common goals.
To be a friend a man should go more than halfway with his fellow men; he should greet others first and not wait to be greeted; he should radiate a spirit of overwhelming good will.
To be a friend a man should remember that we are human magnets; that like attracts like, and that what we give we get.
To be a friend a man should recognize that no one knows all the answers, and that he should add each day to his knowledge of how to live the friendly way.”
Wilfred A. Peterson

2. “The warmth of  a friend’s presence brings joy to our hearts, sunlight to our souls, and pleasure to all of life.” Unknown

3. “What is friendship? One soul in two bodies.” Aristotle

4. “Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test –
Time and change – are surely best;
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray;
Friendship never knows decay.
For ‘mid old friends, tried and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! May die;
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast –
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.”
Joseph Parry

5. “Congeniality, when once established between two kindred spirits or in a group, is the most carefree of human relationships. It is effortless, like purring. It is a basic theme in friendship…” Frances Lester Warner

6. “When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” Thelma Davis

7. “Laughing is one of the best exercises, it’s like running for your mind. You can do it almost anywhere, and it’s even better with a friend.” Unknown

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

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

10. “A good friend is cheaper than therapy.” Unknown

11. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. “There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.” Dodinsky

13. “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” Jean de La Fontaine

14. “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” Henry Ford

15. “A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.” Len Wein

Cheers to mutual affection between people,


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