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50 Sweet Best Friend Quotes to Make You Smile

The perfect words to tell your BFF just how much you care.

Best friends make the world go 'round. They celebrate our greatest wins, empathize with our toughest losses, and offer honest feedback on our most questionable actions—whether we ask for it or not.

That's why if you're lucky enough to have a best friend, you should let them know how much you appreciate their love with one of these sweet best friend quotes. Whether you're looking for a serious ode to friendship or a funny quip about being partners in crime, we've got the perfect best friend quote for you.

"Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend."

—Sarah Dessen

"My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."

—Abraham Lincoln

"One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim."

—Henry Adams

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love."

—Charles Peguy

"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."

—Zig Ziglar

"I get by with a little help from my friends."

—The Beatles

"Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself"

—C.S. Lewis

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

—Maya Angelou

"A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have."

—Irish Proverb

"I love everything that's old, — old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine."

—Oliver Goldsmith

"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."

—Anais Nin

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

—Mark Twain

"Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary."

—Amos Bronson Alcott

"The finest friendships are between those who can do without each other."

—Elbert Hubbard

"Our triumphs seem hollow unless we have friends to share them, and our failures are made bearable by their understanding."

—James Rachels

"Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years."

—Richard Bach

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

—Charles Caleb Colton

"If we treated ourselves as well as we treated our best friend, can you imagine?"

—Meghan Markle

"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow."

—William Shakespeare

"The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake."


"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."

—Linda Grayson

"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

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."

—Amy Poehler

"The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away."

—Barbara Kingsolver

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

—Martin Luther King Jr.

"Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up."

—Thomas J. Watson

"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."

—Marlene Dietrich

"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing."

—Elie Wiesel

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."

—Dale Carnegie

"The best mirror is an old friend."

—George Herbert

"There is nothing I wouldn't do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature."

—Jane Austen

"One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention."

—Clifton Fadiman

"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

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."

—Woodrow Wilson

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."

—Bernard Meltzer

"A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad."

—Arnold H. Glasow

"A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world."

—Leo Buscaglia

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

—Abraham Lincoln

"Love is blind; friendship tries not to notice."

—Otto von Bismarck

"Between friends, differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality."

—W.H. Auden

"Friends: people who borrow my books and set wet glasses on them."

—Edwin Arlington Robinson

"The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families."

—Jay McInerney

"Everyone wants 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

"Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them."

—Anna Taylor

"Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts."

—Margaret Lee Runbeck

"It seems they had always been, and always would be, friends. Time could change, but not that."

—Winnie the Pooh

"Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected."

—Charles Lamb

"Talk between women friends is always therapy."

—Jayne Anne Phillips

"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."

—Gloria Naylor

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