Letting your friends know how you feel about them from time to time is a great way to express your gratitude, appreciation, love, and loyalty. And a meaningful quote is unique way to add a little warm color to your conversation. You can strengthen your friendship with a bit of thoughtfulness from time to time.

Enjoy this list of friend-focused thoughts, each with verified attribution included for your benefit.


  1. “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter;
    he who finds one finds a treasure.
    A faithful friend is beyond price,
    no sum can balance his worth.”

    New American Bible, Sirach 6:14-15, Ben Sira of Jerusalem, verified via Catholic Online

  2. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.”

    — “Friendship” in Essays: First Series, 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, verified via EmersonCentral.com

  3. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

    — “On Broadway” in The Scranton Republican, Dec 12, 1933, Walter Winchell, verified via Quote Investigator

  4. “A real friendship should not fade as time passes, and should not weaken because of space separation.”

    Complete Conduct Principles for the 21st Century, 2000, John Newton, Ph.D., verified via Wikiquote

  5. “But misfortune shows those who are not really friends, but friends only for some accidental utility.”

    Eudemian Ethics Book VII, 1238.a20, Aristotle, verified via Google Books

  6. “But remember! when it comes to friends, it’s not how much time you spend with them, just how you spend it!”

    — “Mr. 2 Bon Clay” in One Piece, Eiichiro Oda, verified via Wikiquote

  7. “Champaign to our real friends, and real pain to our sham ones.”

    The Royal Toast Master: Containing Many Thousands of the Best Toasts Old and New, 1791, author unknown, verified via Quote Investigator

  8. “‘Come, Mr. Frodo!’ he cried. ‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.’”

    The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, 1955, J.R.R. Tolkien, verified via Goodreads

  9. “Count your nights by stars — not shadows;
    Count your life with smiles, not tears — and with joy
    Count your age by friends, not years.”

    The Roswell Daily Record, Jan 6, 1931, author unknown, verified via Quote Investigator

  10. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

    — Diary entry, Mar 1937, Anaïs Nin, verified via Wikiquote

  11. “For friendship both makes favourable things more splendid and disasters lighter, by splitting and sharing them.”

    Laelius De Amicitia — Laelius On Friendship, 44 BC, Cicero, verified via Wikisource

  12. “For no one, in our long decline,
    So dusty, spiteful and divided,
    Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,
    Or loved them half as much as I did.”

    — “Dedicatory Ode” in Sonnets and Verse, p. 70, stanza 3, 1923, Hilaire Belloc, verified via Internet Archive

  13. “For we define a friend as one who wishes and does what is good, or seems so, for the sake of his friend ….”

    Nicomachean Ethics Book IX, 1168b.1, Aristotle, verified via The Internet Classics Archive at MIT

  14. “Friendship seems too to hold states together, and lawgivers to care more for it than for justice; for unanimity seems to be something like friendship, and this they aim at most of all, and expel faction as their worst enemy; and when men are friends they have no need of justice, while when they are just they need friendship as well, and the truest form of justice is thought to be a friendly quality.”

    Nicomachean Ethics Book VIII, 1155a.26, Aristotle, verified via The Internet Classics Archive at MIT

  15. “Friendships are more important than anything else we know. To have no friends at all is the worst state of man. To have only one good friend is enough. A friend makes all the difference in the world.”

    How to Live with Another Person, 1974, David Viscott, verified via Quote Investigator

  16. “I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends.”

    Fried Green Tomatoes, 1991, Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, verified via IMDb

  17. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

    — unpublished autobiographical manuscript, 1975, Nelson Mandela, verified via Wikiquote

  18. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.”

    Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy, 1980, Joseph P. Lash, verified via Quote Investigator

  19. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

    — The Power of Respect: Benefit from the Most Forgotten Element of Success, 2009, Zig Ziglar, quoted by Deborah Norville, verified via Wikiquote

  20. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”

    That Was Then, This Is Now, 1971, S. E. Hinton, verified via Quote Investigator

  21. “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.”

    The House at Pooh Corner, 1928, A. A. Milne, verified via Wikiquote

  22. “It’s so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.”

    When Harry Met Sally, 1989, Nora Ephron, verified via IMDb

  23. “Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”

    The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 1, 1891, Oscar Wilde, verified via Project Gutenberg

  24. “Never explain — your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyhow.”

    The Motto Book, 1907, Elbert Hubbard, verified via Internet Archive

  25. “Now Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember. He’s brave, like a cowboy should be. And kind, and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special, is he’ll never give up on you … ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”

    Toy Story 3, 2010, Michael Arndt, verified via IMDb

  26. “The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”

    A Life for a Life, 1859, Dinah Craik, verified via Wikiquote

  27. “Then you stand here alive because of a mistake made by your flawed, feeling, human friends. They have sacrificed their futures because they believed that the good of the one — you — was more important to them.”

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1986, Steve Meerson & Peter Krikes and Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer, verified via IMDb

  28. “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”

    Lacon, 1820, Charles Caleb Colton, verified via Wikiquote

  29. “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.”

    The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., Sep 19, 1777, James Boswell, verified via Wikiquote

  30. “Wear a smile and have friends, wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

    — “Christian Endeavor News” in The Duncannon Record, May 12, 1938, F. O. Hamilton, verified via Quote Investigator

  31. “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

    The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, 1853, Aristotle, verified via Wikisource

  32. “Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.”

    The Prophet, 1923, Kahlil Gibran, verified via Wikiquote