What Is A Friend? Quotes That Explain The Power of Friendship

What Is A Friend? 

A friend is someone who understands us and still likes us anyway.

They are there during the good times and the bad times. They are the keeper of your secrets, and your shoulder to cry on.

Friends can listen to ridiculous rants and agree with pointless whingeing, but they can also steer us back on course when needed too.

There’s often bonded experiences, unspoken truths and extensive histories that no longer need explaining. 

They are the relationships that we actually get to choose. 

Friends are priceless. Adding depth, color and dimension to our lives. 

The following collection of quotes have all been picked to highlight what friends are and just why they are so, so special to us.


Quotes That Explain The Power of Friendship



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


“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.” Epicurus


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


“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” Henry David Thoreau


“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 healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen


“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” Euripides


“Friends are the siblings God never gave us.” Mencius


“It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” Marlene Dietrich


“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” Elbert Hubbard


“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Helen Keller


“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” Charles R. Swindoll


“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld


“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” Euripides


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


“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” Thomas A. Edison


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


“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!” Doug Larson


“True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.” Joseph Addison


“My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you’re most ashamed of.” Jodie Foster


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


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust


“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


“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.” Charles Lamb


“The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.” Simon Sinek


“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” Aristotle


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


“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” Misty Copeland


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” C.S. Lewis


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