Best friends are almost something indescribable.
They are there for you no matter what the circumstance, looking on without judgement with only your best interests at heart.
You can confide in a best friend more than any other person. Sometimes they even know you better than you know yourself.
As on of our favorite best friend quotes goes: ‘Friends make you smile — best friends make you laugh until you wet your pants.’
To honor those relationships we’ve assembled the top 41 best friend quotes for you to share with the people you hold most dear.
1. Nathanael Richmond on Changing Your Days
Best friends can turn a horrible day, into one of the best days of your life. ~ Nathanael Richmond
Every morning is a new promise. We have a new day in which amazing things can happen. Even if life decides to give us a hard time, just having the right people around allows us to turn everything life throws at us into something meaningful. Best friends are there to remind us that the hardships of life should be just background noise while our relationships and intimate connections should take the main scene.
2. Terri Guillemets on Laughter and Friendship
Friends make you smile — best friends make you giggle ’til you pee your pants. ~ Terri Guillemets
Friends are those people whose simple presence puts us in a good mood, because they are nice, interesting, and they even share our own hobbies, quirks, ideas, or values. Best friends, however, are those people with whom we shared so much of our life that they are already family. Best friends have seen you not only at your best, but also at your worst. That is why they know exactly what makes you tick, what makes you happy, and what politically incorrect jokes you secretly laugh at.
3. Bill Watterson on Friendship
Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend. ~ Bill Watterson
Having a best friend is an incredible experience. Knowing that there are billions people on the planet and that among those people there is someone who knows you deeply and completely and who has seen the best and the worst of you and still loves you, is a very comforting thought. There is no longer just you against the world. There are two of you now. There is always a shoulder to cry on and someone to celebrate success with.
4. On Real Sharing
Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say. ~ Unknown
Best friends are those people with whom you went through many experiences and shared a lot of moments, so they have seen, most probably, you most vulnerable self. Best friends know who your real self is. They know how you look when you are at peace or when you are in despair, because whenever it happened they were there. While most of your friends will trust you when you say that you’re fine, best friends will always know better.
5. Conor Oberst on Loneliness
When everything is lonely I can be my best friend. ~ Conor Oberst
People are social beings. We love to share and we need to connect with others to feel fulfilled. At the same time, to be able to create amazing, powerful connections with others, we need to be at peace with ourselves. We must learn to enjoy our own company. There are many bumps on the road in life and we might find ourselves alone from time to time. If we have learned to focus within, when it gets quiet and lonely around us we can always find a place of comfort and bliss within our own hearts.
6. Groucho Marx on Books and Connection
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx
We like to know what it is in the minds and the hearts of other people. We are curious what their minds can produce or what they hearts go through. For such curious beings, books are a marvellous gift, because books facilitate connection in weird, but powerful ways. Through books we get access to the minds of brilliant artists, intellectuals, prophets, and amazing humans from everywhere on the planet, no matter if they are alive now or they lived hundreds of years before us. Books remind us that we are not alone, that somewhere someone has thought and felt the same things as us.
7. Crystal Woods on Genuine Relationships
Ten minutes with a genuine friend is better than years spent with anyone less. ~ Crystal Woods
Time passes so quickly and there are so many interesting, exciting, or eye-opening things we could do that it makes no sense to waste time with things and people which are not on the same wavelength as us. A strong connection unites both minds and souls and it gives us a glimpse into a world where everything is friendly, loving, and meaningful. When we are with a friend we are in safe environment, where we are understood, respected, and appreciated.
8. Liz Fenton on Friends and Hard Times
A true best friend loves you even when it seems like you’ve gone off the deep end. ~ Liz Fenton
Most people like us and want to be with us only if we make them feel good and when they can feel positivity coming from us. It takes a true, genuine friend to remain at our side when we are not at our best, when we cannot bring positivity anymore in their life. Only a real friend accompanies us in our hard times, fighting alongside with us, cheering for us and helping us even when we lost your faith.
9. Corbin Bernsen on Marriage and Friendship
I don’t have a bunch of mates. I don’t have a man cave. My wife and I, we are each other’s best friend. ~ Corbin Bernsen
It is common to joke about marriage, associating it with a type of deliberate renunciation on freedom and fun. If two people decided to spend their lives together it means they like each other a lot, and that the idea of sharing their lives does not scare them, but rather excites them. Being married is like living with your best friend, who also happens to be someone you find attractive. Seeking different escapes from married life stands against the very foundation of what a marriage should be.
10. C. S. Lewis on Identity and Friendship
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. ~ C.S. Lewis
We are attracted to strangers when we find something that links us to them in a positive and exciting way. They stop being strangers and enter a comfortable and familiar zone where we can communicate meaningfully. A common interest, goal, desire, or idea can bring together people from all walks of life. We like people when we can see some part of us in them, not because we are egotistical, but rather because we find it easier to relate to them.
11. David Tyson on Comfortable Silence
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. ~ David Tyson
Our friends are usually those people who hear all our stories, sometimes multiple times, and with whom we meet to talk, laugh, brainstorm, or joke around. We rarely leave room for silence to set in between us and our friends, because most of us think that silence is uncomfortable and awkward and that it shows a lack of connection. The reality is that a true connection is not bothered at all by silence. We don’t have to be always talking to enjoy each other’s presence. We can appreciate the other just for being with us and for its calm and comforting presence.
12. Jane Birkin on Meaningful Moments
My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors. ~ Jane Birkin
There should never be secrets between best friends. There should never be things too embarrassing, too awkward, or too boring to talk about. A best friend is that person in whom we can confide without care or need for censorship. We can trust our best friend to save from our lazy and boring moments, and we can trust that they will be with us even when we have crazy plans put forward. The beauty of real friendship is that it is composed of small, yet meaningful moments in which nothing important seems to happen, yet when you feel that your connection grows stronger.
13. Naomi Judd on Solitude
Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls. ~ Naomi Judd
As we seek company, we should also seek solitude. We need time for ourselves because only then we can really focus on the workings of our minds and souls. We need to turn our gaze to our inner life from time to time so we can let ourselves be more freely, without the influence of someone else’s gaze. Solitude does not mean disconnection. In solitude we just decide to stand apart so we can have a better and wider perspective.
14. Abraham Lincoln on Knowledge and Books
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
Recommending a book is not an easy task. The books we love reflect our way of thinking and feeling. For someone to be able to recommend or to offer us a book they must know who we are, what we respond to, and what makes our heart grow or our mind wonder. If someone brings us a book, it means they know we need the gifts hidden in that book. That is why we should trust only books coming from our friends.
15. Henry Ford on Real Friendship
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. ~ Henry Ford
Most people are more motivated by love rather than other pursuits. We might find it difficult to push ourselves to do things when there is no one to believe in us, to guide us and to encourage us when we hit a hard time. A best friend is that person who makes us keep going when we want to stop. We listen to our best friends because we love them and don’t want to disappoint them. For their sake, we get up and give our best to the world.
16. Renee Olstead on Friendship and Respect
The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around. ~ Renee Olstead
A friendship is a relationship of congruence and equality. We can only be friends with people we respect, who act and behave according to the values that we admire. When we share the same values and ideas with our friends, authenticity in thought and action becomes normal. We can only be our real selves when we are in company of our friends, because they are the only ones who know exactly the right things that allow them to understand and judge us correctly.
17. Jim Morrison on Authenticity
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. ~ Jim Morrison
Friends come and go in our lives and we can hardly know who is going to stay with us in the long term. That is why adjusting and changing our personalities to please others is never a solution to keep friends close. A friendship does not mean mutilation of one’s personality. We must remain true to ourselves and hope that there are people who will like and appreciate the real us, without the need to change who we are.
18. On the Promise of Friendship
Best friends: it’s a promise, not a label. ~ Unknown
A friendship does not work like a business engagement with rules firmly set in a contract. People are always changing, growing, and discovering themselves. Any commitment, no matter if done with the most serious of feelings, can hardly become a guarantee for life. Exactly like a romantic relationship, a friendship must be cultivated with dedication and care. Our best friends don’t owe us anything. It is their decision if they want to continue to be part of our lives and still love us, as it is our decision to do the same.
19. Donna Roberts on Soulful Connections
A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~ Donna Roberts
Our friends have been with us in our best moments, but also in our worst. They know us happy and optimistic, but they also know us disillusioned or sad. Whenever life takes us in a certain direction, they come with us to remind us our better self, to remember us who we were and where we dreamt of being. Like an unbeatable support system, friends are always there to help us regain our strength and our faith.
20. Christina Perri on Music and Connection
Music has been my everything since day one. It’s been my shoulder to cry on, my rock and my best friend. ~ Christina Perri
When we cannot find around us people to understand and to inspire us, we can look around and focus our need for dedication, commitment and love towards art and self-expression. Through music, writing, or dancing we allow ourselves to escape our minds and to live in a frenzy of energy and creation. When we create and find solace in music or other artistic medium, we are never lonely or purposeless. We feel inspired and energized, part of a universal and eternal communion.
21. Edward Abbey on Dogs and Friendship
When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem. ~ Edward Abbey
How we choose and treat our friends says a lot of things about us. It shows how committed, nice, and open we are. If people gravitate towards us, it is a solid proof that they believe we have something to offer them, even if it’s just a kind word or a joke. Our most selfless friends, however, are our pets. They love us not because we take care of them and feed them, but rather because they find us genuinely likeable. We’ll always find a best friend in our dog, even if in the human world we cannot find one.
22. William Temple on Wisdom and the Self
Man’s wisdom is his best friend; folly his worst enemy. ~ William Temple
As life pressures us to do things and make decisions, we discover that we have qualities that save us in hard times and flaws that sabotage our growth. We learn that while we always try to do the best, we can easily be deceived by our own character. Only when we learn who we are and grow in wisdom and patience we can control ourselves. We are able to suppress our worst tendencies when we have analysed them to understand how they work, while we can also work more with our best attributes once we learn to recognize them.
23. Markus Zusak on Art and Failure
Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through. ~ Markus Zusak
We can never be sure about the strength we hold inside until life tests us by throwing obstacles and challenges in our way. Through every failure and mistake, we test our commitment and dedication, while assessing the strength of our motivation and faith. Failure discourages only those who are not willing to work hard enough. If you are motivated solely by success and admiration, and not by a deep desire to accomplish something, every failure builds another wall between you and your goal.
24. On Having a Best Friend
Best friend: someone you can only stay mad at for so long because you have important things to talk about. ~ Unknown
A great friendship does not work on rules and boundaries like other human relationships. We argue with our friends, we disclose embarrassing details of our lives in conversation, and we are blunt and honest with them. We are able to do this because our relationship is real and solid, and does hide the truth behind formal politeness or social norms. We can get mad at our friends without damaging the relationship because we know the strength of our connection can handle our flaws.
25. Marlene Dietrich on Support and Friendship
It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~ Marlene Dietrich
Best friends are not only people who have access to our innermost thoughts and ideas, but they also those we are not shy or embarrassed to seek help from. Many people see asking for help as a sign of vulnerability, yet in a genuine relationship this is a childish concern. Our friends are our friends precisely because we trust them and we truly believe that when we want something from them, they will not feel bothered, but rather happy to help.
26. Len Wein on Friendship and Compromise
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. ~ Len Wein
Only in a real friendship we learn the value of time, commitment, and compromise. To keep a friendship alive people dedicate time to each other, they learn to compromise on their desires only to never bail on their friends. While a friendship might seem like hard work, the reality is that when a friendship is sincere, the efforts we take to sustain it are rewarding and meaningful. We never regret being there for our friends while we do regret the moments when we disappointed them.
27. Susan Orlean on Simple Moments with Friends
One of my favorite activities as a teen-ager was to watch television over the phone with my best friend. ~ Susan Orlean
A friendship does not need epic adventures or extraordinary events to flourish and exist happily. Friends easily find happiness in any shared moment, no matter how dull or insignificant it might seem for others. Everything becomes better or more interesting when we have someone we care to share it with us, be it a boring day, a road-trip, a celebration, or a simple night out. Every moment spent together is valuable and it can be turned into a great memory.
28. On Friends and Luck
A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. ~ Unknown
Best friends are a treasure in our lives, but they are not a given, but a matter of chance and circumstance. We must go out into the world and get to know people so we can find those who are like us. Even when we find compatible people, we must put in the effort and the time to get to know them and to let them see us. We have to create a past of memories and shared experiences to be able to go from acquaintances to friends and best friends.
29. Faye Hall on Soulmates
True love is finding your soulmate in your best friend. ~ Faye Hall
Love is a mixture of passion, friendship, and commitment. Love can exist without friendship, but it is not as solid and resistant. True love, however, is a meeting of compatible souls and minds. Lovers who are also best friends will share not only an intimacy of the body, but also an intimacy of the soul. Moreover, a love based on a great friendship is not threatened by the possibility to discover signs of incompatibility along the way.
30. Henry David Thoreau on Friendship
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. ~ Henry David Thoreau
We don’t have to do extraordinary deeds for our friends to appreciate us. Our simple presence can act wonders. The idea that there is someone in the world who knows, understands, and loves who you are is a comfort in itself. Just by having a friend we feel less lonely and less disconnected from life. Our friends remind us that we are worthy of love and respect and that we are able to develop sincere feelings towards others. Just by their existence, friends add immense value to our lives.
31. Aristotle on True Selflessness
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. ~ Aristotle
People are nowhere near perfect. We all have our moments of envy, jealousy, misery, or unhappiness. We always compare ourselves with others. We measure our achievements by the achievements of others, and we forgive ourselves easily for our failures while we judge others for theirs. In a true friendship, however, these petty feelings disappear. We want the best for our friends as much as we want it for us. We want them to be happy and successful because we think they deserve it.
32. On Fun and Friendship
You can always tell when two people are best friends because they are having more fun than it makes sense for them to be having. ~ Unknown
Best friends usually have a long history of shared experiences and they’ve seen each other in all kinds of situations. They have plotted together, and they have analysed and mocked life together countless times. That is why best friends can talk to each other not just with words, but also with gestures, looks, and subtle allusions to past memories. Their communication is made of a long list of inside jokes and common observations and now they can see anything as is they would look at it with two pairs of eyes.
33. Jessica Hahn on God’s Love
I believe in God, because he is the only thing that kept me going. He’s my best friend. ~ Jessica Hahn
Our friendships are not perfect or eternal because we are not perfect. As much as we hate it, people can deceive us or leave us alone. Sometimes, people grow apart no matter how much they want to hold on to each other. We can trust people but we can never be sure that they will not fail us. Only God is our eternal best friend. He accepts us despite any of our flaws, and he forgives us when we fail him.
34. Doug Larson on Cats’ Friendship
The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stop to admitting it. ~ Doug Larson
Cats are not as selfless, loving and extroverted as dogs. No matter how much they like us, cats like to preserve their identity and independence. They want a relationship of equality. Our cats love us secretly and like to pretend disinterested so we can appreciate their love more. They are sneaky but they are also sensitive. They keep their distance and observe us from afar, only to snuggle into our arms the next moment.
35. Bernard Meltzer On Being a Good Friend
A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~ Bernard Meltzer
In a true friendship, people see their friend not only how he truly is but also what he could be. We see our friends through a loving and idealized lens because we see them as they are but we also see them as the best version of themselves. A true friend will forgive us for not being perfect and will help us reach our best self. Friends understand that we are a work in progress, not a finite product and they want to take part in our process of becoming.
36. William Feather on Books
Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend. ~ William Feather
Fictional worlds are full of ideas, emotions, and charismatic characters that can accompany our solitude and show us a new world. We get attached to books because their stories seem so real and authentic that they create lasting effects on us. When we finish a book we have to leave its unique universe and return to our mundane reality. That is why books are a special kind of friends. They are loyal, easy to know, and always at our disposal.
37. Arnold H. Glasgow on Accomplishments and Friendship
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow
No matter what crazy ideas might roam in our minds, our friends believe in us and encourage us to explore our potential. They don’t try to stop us in our quest for greatness, even though there is potential for failure, because they want us to grow. It is not our friends’ job to tell us what to do. They can choose, however, to be there in hard times and to remember us to reassess our itinerary, when it looks like we might be going in the wrong direction.
38. Laurence J. Peter on Real Friendship
You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. ~ Laurence J. Peter
Great friends have a higher tolerance for each other’s mistakes and flaws, because they see the other as a rounded person capable of both extraordinary and clumsy things. Friends don’t judge us in the same way as strangers. For them, we have a past and a future and we not are defined by single moments of greatness or failure. Friends will laugh when you’ll make a fool of yourself but will also comfort you and help you pull yourself together.
39. Ed Cunningham on Genuine Care
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. ~ Ed Cunningham
Politeness is absolutely necessary in a high functioning society, yet there is a small hint of hypocrisy in politeness in general. We feel the need to act interested in the other, to appear as nice and pleasant, even though sometimes we are too stressed to really care. In a real friendship, the need for authenticity and truth replaces the need for politeness. When our friends ask us a question we know they really want to know the answer, and that they are don’t feel compelled to ask because of some social norm.
40. Elisabeth Foley on Growing Together
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~ Elisabeth Foley
A real friendship is not bound to circumstances of time or place. When we and our friends develop in different directions we should not take it as a sign that our friendship is dying. We can see it as an opportunity to meet in the middle and share with the other new perspectives and new ways of being. We don’t have to grow apart just because we develop new goals and new ideas. We can still find pleasure in sharing and in exploring new territories, even if separately.
41. A. A. Milne on The Lasting of a Friendship
Are we going to be friends forever? asked Piglet. Even longer, Pooh answered. ~ A.A. Milne
A real friendship takes commitment and a willingness to be there for the other in times of need. With every struggle and every success, the friendship fortifies and grows more solid roots. There comes a time when we cannot even conceive our lives without our true friends. They have been there for every important moment and we want them to be with us for every one that will follow. A good friendship is like a never ending road, full of mysteries, surprises, and stories.