The 100 best friendship sayings of all time

23. February 2017 - Alexander Schmidt

Friendship Sayings – 100 Best Quotes From Wise and Famous Minds


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Are you looking for friendship sayings that hit the mark? For greeting cards, personal messages, gifts or poetry albums: these friendship sayings perfectly express what friendship means.

Just like love, the feeling of real friendship is not easy to put into words. Fortunately, many clever minds have done so since time immemorial – poetic, witty, thoughtful and clever. This selection of the best friendship sayings includes 100 quotes from ancient times to the present, from great writers and philosophers to film quotes, pop songs and nursery rhymes. What the best friendship sayings all have in common is that they simply hit the nail on the head!

The 100 Best Friendship Sayings of All Time

What Is Friendship?

Friendship, that is one soul in two bodies.


Each friend is the other’s sun; he draws and he follows.

Jean Paul

Friendship is a capital of which the interest is never lost.

Johann Georg Hamann

Friendship is a door between two people. It can sometimes creak, it can jam, but it is never closed.

Jochen Mariss

A friend is someone who gives you complete freedom to be yourself.

Jim Morrison

Friends are the brothers and sisters God never gave us .



Friendship Sayings About the Value of Friendship

Good friendship sayings perfectly sum up what friendship means.

The value of friendship cannot be overstated.

Of all the gifts that fate grants us, there is no greater good than friendship – no greater wealth, no greater joy.

Epikur von Samos

No one would want to live without friends, even if he possessed all the other goods.


Basically, it is the connections with people that give life its value.

Wilhelm von Humboldt

A little friendship is worth more to me than the admiration of the whole world.

Otto von Bismarck

You may have known three or four thousand people, but you only ever talk about six or seven.

Elias Canetti

A true friend contributes more to our happiness than a thousand enemies to our unhappiness.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

No road is long with a friend by your side.

Japanese wisdom

Sympathetic friendship makes happiness more radiant and eases misfortune.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

To the bird a nest, to the spider a web, to man – friendship.

William Blake

A single rose can be my garden. A single friend my world.

Leo Buscaglia

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy and art. It has no use for life, rather it is one of the things that make life worth living.

C.S. Lewis

Friendship is not something you learn at school. But if you don’t know the meaning of friendship, then you haven’t learned anything.

Muhammad Ali

Without friends we cannot live a perfect life.

Dante Alighieri


How Can You Recognise Real Friends?

You can recognise a sure friend in an uncertain matter.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can recognise good friends by the fact that they can also listen!

Jole von Weißenberg

Our outer fates interest people, our inner fates only interest our friends.

Heinrich von Kleist

The friends you can call at four o’clock in the morning are the ones who count.

Marlene Dietrich

Real friends show themselves when you are involved in a scandal.

Elizabeth Taylor

Really good friends are people who know us intimately and still stick by us.

Marie von Ebner- Eschenbach

A friend is someone in front of whom I can say out loud what I think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A real friend is the one who appears when the rest of the world is leaving.

Walter Winchell

In the darkness of life you see your best friends.

Fred Ammon

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

Henry Ford

Friendship does not grow out of mere advantage. Not external coercion for the sake of some advantage, but free will is the basis of friendship.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

How To Behave as a Good Friend?

The 100 best friendship sayings sometimes also give good advice on how to behave as a true friend.

Always being honest as a friend – not so easy!

Always telling the truth probably won’t get you many friends, but it will get you the right ones .

John Lennon

When you argue with dear friends, refer only to the present situation – let bygones be bygones.

Dalai Lama.

Criticise a friend secretly and praise him publicly .

Leonardo da Vinci

I adore the friend who finds time for me in his calendar. But I adore the friend who doesn’t even look at his calendar for me.

Robert Brault

So this is not friendship, that when one does not want to hear the truth, the other is ready to lie.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Serve your friends without reckoning.

Gottfried Keller

The most I can do for my friend is to be a friend.

Henry David Thoreau

The best way to have a friend is to be one yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship flows from many sources, purest from respect.

Daniel Defoe

Good friends share everything. He who gives much will get much back.


A friend should bear his friend’s weaknesses.

William Shakespeare

The greatest honour you can do to a person is to have confidence in him.

Matthias Claudius

One does not get far in friendship if one is not prepared to forgive small faults.

Jean de La Bruyère

A kind word costs nothing, and yet it is the most beautiful of all gifts.

Daphne du Maurier.

Since there is nothing more precious than having friends, one should never miss an opportunity to make friends.

Francesco Guicciardini

About Friendship and Love

Friendship is the purest and highest form of love. It is a form of love without conditions and expectations, where one enjoys giving of oneself.


A true friendship usually lasts longer than the greatest love.

Frank von Schillerberg-Gosheim

It is not the lack of love but the lack of friendship that makes the most unhappy marriages.

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who does not honour friendship is not worthy of love!

Wolf Dietrich

Perhaps one must have felt love in order to properly recognise friendship.

Nicolas Chamfort

The partner should ideally also be the best friend, but the best friend is not necessarily also the ideal partner.

Wolf Dietrich

Friendship influences a life much more than love. Love can always drift into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.


Friendship: something like love only with understanding.

Sabine Sauer

Love is the only power capable of turning an enemy into a friend.

Martin Luther King


Funny Friendship Sayings

When you’re in prison, a good friend will try to get you out. A best friend, on the other hand, will sit next to you in the cell and say: Damn, that was fun!

Groucho Marx

Buddies, mates, companions – my friends are not the wrong ones!

Frank von Schillerberg-Gosheim

I always want to know everything about my new friends and nothing about my old ones.

Oscar Wilde

Friends call themselves sincere, enemies are.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship and by far the best end.

Oscar Wilde

Friends are God’s excuse for relatives.

George Bernard Shaw

Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.

Oscar Wilde

Animals are the best of friends. They don’t ask questions and they don’t criticise.

Mark Twain

Friendship of two women: mostly just plotting against a third!


Older acquaintances and friendships are mainly ahead of new ones in that they have already forgiven each other a lot.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One helps a comrade. One mistrusts a colleague. With a friend one is silly.

Peter Bamm

Friendship: a ship big enough to carry two in good weather, but only one in bad.

Ambrose Bierce

There is no more beautiful sound than the gnashing of a mate’s teeth.

Groucho Marx

A friend is a person who harms you completely unselfishly.

Wieslaw Brudzinski

There is only one problem more difficult than making friends: getting rid of them.

Mark Twain


Friendship Sayings To Think About

Nothing better can the artist wish for than rough friends and polite enemies.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

May God preserve our friendship. One almost wants to believe that one is not alone.

Kurt Tucholsky

In good times one has many false friends, in bad times few real ones.

Jole von Weißenberg

Nothing is more difficult than a friendship that lasts until the last day.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

We do not need friends in order to need them, but in order to have the certainty that we may need them.


It does not depend on friends coming together, but on their agreeing.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are people whose unique contact with us forever leaves the sting in us to remain worthy of their respect and friendship.

Christian Morgenstern

One can cope with sorrow alone, but to rejoice with all one’s heart, one must share joy.

Mark Twain

Money can buy you many friends, but seldom is one worth his price.

Josephine Baker

The internet is not necessarily a good place to make friends. But it’s a good tool for maintaining the friendships you have.

Mark Zuckerberg

True friendship is a very slow growing plant.

George Washington

You like people who feed your soul.

Elfriede Hablé

There is no better remedy for suffering than the encouragement of a noble friend.


Possession makes friends. I admit that. But false ones. And it doesn’t make them for you, but for itself.

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Friendship is like money, more easily won than received.

Samuel Butler

At the end of the day, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King

Walk not 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

Do I not also destroy my enemies by making them my friends?

Abraham Lincoln

A critical friend at your side, you always get away faster.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Film Quotes About Friendship

I believe this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

Casablanca (1942)

I have found the secret of life: Friends – Best Friends.

Green Tomatoes (1991)

You are the best friends I have ever had. And the funny thing is: I feel like I’ve known you all my life. But that’s not possible, is it?

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Always remember, George. No man is a failure who has friends.

Ain’t life grand? (1946)

I never had friends later like the ones I had when I was 12.

Stand by Me – The Secret of a Summer (1986)

Alone: bad! Friend: good!

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

It’s a crazy world, but there’s one certainty in it: the loyalty of old friends.

Ben Hur (1959)

It takes a lot of bravery to stand in the way of your enemies, but a lot more to stand in the way of your friends.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)


With Poet’s Words – Poetic Friendship Sayings

Flowers cannot bloom without the warmth of the sun. People cannot become human without the warmth of friendship.

Phil Bosmans

Rechoing in the bosom of a friend, the sound of pain gradually fades away .

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The jewels of a house are the friends who frequent it .

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your friend is the answer to your needs. He is the field you sow with love and reap with gratitude. And he is your table and your hearth. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek your peace from him. When your friend speaks freely, you do not fear the “no” in your thoughts, nor do you hold back with the “yes”. And when he is silent, your heart does not cease to listen to his; For in friendship all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared without words, with joy that needs no applause..

Khalil Gibran

If you will, you are my chill-out area. My holidays every year. My sweets section at the supermarket. The solution when something goes wrong. So precious that you like to save it up. And so nice that you never want to do without it.

I just wanted to tell you that you are the greatest thing for me. And make sure you feel the same way about me. Feel for me.

Sports friends Stiller.

A friend is like the first sound that pierces through the silence. A friend is like a lifeboat that brings you to shore. A friend shows you the sunshine even in the rain. Who believes to be a friend?

A friend is like the first light after a dark night. A friend is like a good star that guards your dream. A friend will soon forget and forgive your mistakes. Who believes to be a friend?

Rolf Zuckowski

By the way, we also have a separate article on the best birthday sayings for friends , as well as numerous tips for gifts for friends and for activities with friends, activities for two or activities with children.

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