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25 Inspiring Quotes to Share with Your Best Friend

Best friends are some of the most important people in our lives, but if you’re struggling to express that, just borrow from the quotes below.

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Along with the topics of love and death, friendship is one of the most commonly written upon subjects in the thinker’s literary arsenal. Whoever you are, or whatever part of the world you live in, friends are some of the most important people you will ever encounter. And none more so than those who’ve earned themselves the epithet of “bestie.”

25 quotes about best friends

Rather than trying to cover that particular ground ourselves, let’s look to the myriad talented people out there who have waxed lyrical upon the subject. Here’s a list of 25 quotes about best friends. Enjoy!

#1 “Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.” –Paula Abdul [Read: How to be successful in life]

#2 “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson 

#3 “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” –Henry David Thoreau

#4 “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” –Henry Ford

#5 “I never wanted to show my butt, and I always had a problem with it. I’d cover up when I was younger. It wasn’t till I got with my [best friend] that I started to change all that. He compliments me all the time, and when your best friend compliments you, it gives you confidence and makes you want to do stuff in life.” –Coco Austin [Read: 14 signs you’re getting too comfortable with each other]

#6 “My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” –Aristotle

#7 “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. Glasgow [Read: How to be funny and make people love your company]

#8 “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” –Unknown

#9 “It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds. It’s your best friends who are supremely resilient, made under pressure and of astonishing value. They’re everlasting; they can cut glass if they need to.” –Gina Barreca [Read: 10 signs you’re a high maintenance woman]

#10 “Best friends can turn a horrible day into one of the best days of your life.” –Nathanael Richmond

#11 “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

#12 “The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around.” –Renee Ousted [Read: 16 reasons why you’re always being taken for granted]

#13 “A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” –William Penn

#14 “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. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” –Henri Nouwen [Read: 14 movies you should watch for a good cry session]

#15 “If you’re picking your best friend based on what kind of clothes she wears or how popular she is, chances are you aren’t going to stay in touch after graduation.” –Renee Olstead

#16 “The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” –Barbara Kingsolver

#17 “When we asked people if they would rather have a best friend at work or a 10% pay raise, having a friend clearly won.” –Tom Rath [Read: 8 tips to be good friends with your co-workers]

#18 “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

#19 “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” –Abraham Lincoln

#20 “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.” –Grace Pulpit

#21 “I tell my kids, ‘I’m your father, not your friend. But I’m also the best friend you’re ever going to have because no one is going to care for you the way I care about you.'” –Steve Schirripa [Read: 7 simple ways to be a better role model for the youth]

#22 “Picking a best friend who stands up for what she believes in, is true to herself, and allows you to be yourself without judgement of how ‘cool’ you are? Well, now you’re picking a friend for life.” –Renee Olstead

#23 “It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” –Marlene Dietrich

#24 “A stranger stabs you in the front, a friend stabs you in the back, a boyfriend stabs you in the heart, but best friends only poke each other with straws.” –Unknown [Read: How to get over your first love with a happy memory]

#25 “Your best friend and worst enemy are both in this room right now. It’s not your neighbor right or left, and it’s not God or the devil—it’s you.” –Edwin Louis Cole [Read: 11 tips to fall in love with yourself and be a better you]

It’s not without due reason that human societies have mused upon the subject of best friends so frequently. Express your platonic love for that special someone with those wise quotes written above.

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David Cullen
David Cullen
David Cullen is frequently described as erudite, insightful and witty – but only by himself and only after several large glasses of Rioja....