According to John Leonard, “It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” And he is right. A real best friend’s worth is much more than gold. If you have a best friend, you are one of the luckiest people in the world.
1. Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
2. 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
3. Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend. —Bill Watterson
4. 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
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5. A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. —Donna Roberts
6. Friendship isn’t a big thing—it’s a million little things.
7. Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you.
8. A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. —Grace Pulpit
9. A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.
10. A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself. —Frances Ward Weller
11. Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends.
12. If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.
13. There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.
14. The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.
15. Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
16. It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. —Marlene Dietrich
17. A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart. —Heather Pryor
18. What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. —Aristotle
19. Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. —Emily Kimbrough
20. Hold a true friend with both your hands. —Nigerian Proverb
21. Are we not like two volumes of one book? —Marceline Desbordes-Valmore
22. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. —Flavia Weedn
23. 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
24. A good friend is a connection to life—a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. —Lois Wyse
25. A friend accepts us as we are, yet helps us to be what we should.
26. Friends are relatives you make for yourself. —Eustache Deschamps
27. 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
28. A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. —Douglas Pagels
29. A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. —Leo Buscaglia
30. Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. —Sicilian Proverb
31. The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. —Elisabeth Foley
32. Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there.
33. In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. —Albert Schweitzer
34. True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. —Dave Tyson Gentry
35. Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. —Virginia Woolf
36. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. —Henry David Thoreau
37. Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. —Plautus
38. If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. —Gorge MacDonald
39. Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. —Robert Brault
40. Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. —Margaret Lee Runbeck
41. It takes a long time to grow an old friend. —John Leonard
42. I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. —Katherine Mansfiel
43. We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade. —Caroline Sheridan Norton
44. Friends are the sailors who guide your rickety boat safely across the dangerous waters of life. —Sare and Cate
45. The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. —Barbara Kingsolver
46. There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul. —Edith Wharton
47. I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. —Robert Brault
48. Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive. —Anais Nin
49. It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. —Ralph Waldo Emerson