101 Real Friend Quotes Celebrating the Essence of True Friendship

Real friends are the ones who stick by your side through thick and thin, who support you when you’re down, and who celebrate with you when you’re up. They are the ones who listen without judgment, who offer advice without being pushy, and who love you unconditionally. In a world where social media often blurs the lines between real and virtual friendships, it’s important to remember the value of true, authentic connections.

To celebrate the power of real friendship, we’ve compiled a list of inspiring quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. So sit back, relax, and let these words remind you of the beauty and importance of having real friends in your life.

I hope you enjoy these quotes about real friends…

"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." - Donna Roberts

1) “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts

2) “A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be.” – Unknown

3) “Friendships are among the most fundamental of human needs.” – Tom Rath

4) “No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

5) “An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

6) “Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot, Mr Gilfil’s Love Story

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7) “True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart.” – Unknown

Quotes About Real Friends by Michael Bassey Johnson

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8) “True friends are those who came into your life, saw the most negative part of you, but are not ready to leave you, no matter how contagious you are to them.” – Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

9) “People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

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Quotes about friendships…

10) “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.” – Socrates

11) “Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.” – Unknown

12) “Sometimes, being with your best friend is all the therapy you need.” – Unknown

13) “The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

14) “Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” – Jim Morrison

15) “Celebrate the people in your life who are there because they love you for no other reason than because you are YOU.” – Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

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16) “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow Wilson

17) “Friends change…friendships change. Real friends move with these changes and talk about them as they are happening.” – Anne Wilson Schaeft

18) “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

19) “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” – Winnie the Pooh

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

21) “Distance means so little, when someone means so much.” – Tom McNeal

22) “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

Quotes About Real Friends by C.S. Lewis

23) “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S. Lewis

24) “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

25) “Hence (if you will not misunderstand me) the exquisite arbitrariness and irresponsibility of this love. I have no duty to be anyone’s Friend and no man in the world has a duty to be mine. No claims, no shadow of necessity. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C.S. Lewis

26) “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

27) “True friendship is effortless.” – Unknown

28) “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

29) “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

30) “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasow

Quotes About Real Friends by L.M. Montgomery

31) “True friends are always together in spirit.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

32) “When twilight drops her curtain down And pins it with a star Remember that you have a friend Though she may wander far.” – L.M. Montgomery

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33) “Friendship is the wine of life.” – Edward Young

34) “I get by with a little help from my friends.” – The Beatles

35) “A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you create them.” – Unknown

36) “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

37) “The growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.” – Sarah Orne Jewett

38) “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” – Franz Schubert

39) “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

40) “If you have one true friend you have more than your share.” – Thomas Fuller

41) “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie The Pooh

42) “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” – S.E. Hinton

43) “There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.” – Sylvia Plath

44) “It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends; the mean and the cowardly can never know what true friendship is.” – Charles Kinsley

45) “Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word.” –Unknown

Quotes About Real Friends by John C. Maxwell

46) “Keeping score is for games, not friendships.” – John C. Maxwell

47) “Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.” – John C. Maxwell

48) “I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends. They have literally gotten me up out of bed, taken my clothes off, put me in the shower, dressed me, said, ‘Hey, you can do this,’ put my high heels on and pushed me out the door!” – Reese Witherspoon

49) “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” – Donna Roberts

Real friendship is about making sacrifices…

50) “I learned that a real friendship is not about what you can get, but what you can give. Real friendship is about making sacrifices and investing in people to help them improve their lives.” – Eric Thomas

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

52) “Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.” – Sarah Dessen

53) “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” – Thomas J. Watson

54) “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” – Elie Wiesel

55) “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

56) “Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” – Steve Maraboli

57) “Sometimes you meet a person and you just click—you’re comfortable with them, like you’ve known them your whole life, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything.” –Unknown

58) “A messy house is a must – it separates your true friends from other friends. Real friends are there to visit you not your house!” – Jennifer Wilson

59) “Most of us have business associates, casual acquaintances, and occasional companions. Real friends, on the other hand, are not so easy to acquire. Friendship rests upon more than accidental relationships or even association in a common task. Its roots lie in the spiritual realm.” – Al Bryant

Quotes about real best friends

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

61) “Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.” – Chanakya

62) “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” – P.G. Wodehouse

63) “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson

64) “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

65) “Only a true friend would be that truly honest.” – Shrek

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

67) “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.” – Jean de la Fontaine

68) “That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you – the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you – because that is what people are supposed to do.” – Unknown

69) “Remember that life’s most valuable antiques are dear old friends.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

70) “Silence is a true friend who never betrays.” – Confucius

Quotes About Real Friends by Leo Buscaglia

71) “A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.” – Leo Buscaglia

72) “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” – Leo Buscaglia

73) “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” – Bernard Meltzer

74) “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.” – Octavia Butler

75) “I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don’t have to explain anything to them. I don’t have to apologize for anything. They know. There’s no judgment in any way.” – Emma Watson

76) “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

77) “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

78) “A good friend can tell you what the matter with you is in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” – Arthur Brisbane

Real friends matter.

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

81) “There are still some wonderful people left in this world! They are diamonds in the rough, but they’re around! You’ll find them when you fall down– they’re the ones who pick you up, who don’t judge, and you had to fall down to see them! When you get up again, remember who your true friends are!” – C. JoyBell C.

82) “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson

83) “Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.” – Tennessee Williams

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

85) “To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.” – Sallust

86) “True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” – Nicole Richie

87) “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.” – Unknown

88) “Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.” – Mandy Hale

89) “Life is an ugly, awful place to not have a best friend.” – Sarah Dessen

90) “Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus

91) “We were together. I forget the rest.” – Walt Whitman

92) “What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Quotes About Real Friends by Ralph Waldo Emerson

93) “When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

94) “The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

96) “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

97) “A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.” – Len Wein

98) “One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don’t have to make it official. It just is.” – Mindy Kaling

99) “A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.” – John Tillotson

100) “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

101) “Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” – Richard Bach

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