Losing Friendship Quotes & Sayings That Help With Perspective

The following collection of quotes are all about losing a friend or the loss of a friendship.

Some are a little sad, but many are great reminders about the ebbs and flows of life, the importance of friendships and that how sometimes things just don’t work out.

Losing a friendship can feel like a breakup. Someone who has been in our lives for a little or a long time, someone we have shared memories, good times, bad times and vulnerabilities with. It’s a hard process to go through.

The following quotes can help articulate feelings and whether or not there is a chance for reconciliation or if it’s truly time to move forward without the friend in our lives.


Quotes About Losing Friends


quotes about losing friends


“An insincere friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” Buddha


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


“True regret is knowing you missed your only opportunity to be simply a good friend to someone that was exactly like you.” Shannon L. Alder


“True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.”  Henry David Thoreau


“The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” Seneca


“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” George Washington


“The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb.” German Proverb


“No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” Alice Walker


“The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.” Sir Francis Bacon


“False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.” Christian Nestell Bovee


“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Though friendship is not quick to burn, it is explosive stuff.” May Sarton


When You Lose a Friendship Quotes


when you lose a friendship quotes


“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.” Confucius


“Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” Jonathan Harnisch


“Breaking with old friends is one of the most painful of the changes in all that piling up of a multitude of small distasteful changes that constitutes growing older.” John Dos Passos


“Your lost friends are not dead but gone before; advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.” Aristophanes


“You don’t lose friends, because real friends can never be lost.” Mandy Hale


“Some people aren’t loyal to you. They are loyal to their needs of you. Once their needs change, so does their loyalty.” Alvis Corea


“Friendship must never be buried under the weight of misunderstanding.” Sri Chinmoy


Lost Friends Quotes

“Sometimes the measure of friendship isn’t your ability to not harm but your capacity to forgive the things done to you and ask forgiveness for your own mistakes.” Randy K. Milholland

lost friend quotes


“I will not subscribe to your switch; the on and off friendship.” Xela Ffonrims


“True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance”. Henry David Thoreau


“Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks.” Waqar Ahmed


“Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” Jean De La Bruyere


“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” Donna Roberts


“We all lose friends. We lose them in death, to distance, and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friendship right where you left off. Even the lost find their way home when you leave the light on.” Amy Marie Walz


I need not fear my enemies because the most they can do is attack me. I need not fear my friends because the most they can do is betray me. But I have much to fear from people who are indifferent. Russian Proverb


Lost Friendship Quotes


lost friendship quotes


A lost friendship is an enemy won. Proverb


“Because people aren’t always as they seem, and the moral of the story is the apple isn’t always sweet.” Jasmine Sandozz


“Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” Richard Bach


“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” Washington Irving


“Due to success, I started losing friends.” Ace Hood


“It’s hard to tell who has your back, from who has it long enough just to stab you in it”. Nicole Richie


“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” Henry David Thoreau


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


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