51 Friendship quotes from leaders who celebrated friendship

Wanna find a good friend? Be a good friend

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Don’t spend a lot of time looking for your four-leaf clover. Look beside you. Your best friend’s got your back!  

The hardest thing passes by if you have a true friend with you. Let’s just say they are your good eggs in your bag of kinda rotten ones.  A loyal friend is a beautiful discovery. Hold them really close. Let’s celebrate sweet friendships, the little things, moments of life with those rare people who who stand out like a single rose in a desert.

Wanna guess how to find a good friend?  Be a great friend and an awesome human being!  Don’t take our word for it. A group of people (ahem, actually leaders) have spoken about the greatest gift you can gift yourself. A true friend!

These friendship quotes are just for that.  We want to help you celebrate the beautiful qualities of true friendship. Enjoy. Make your best friend now!

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Be a rainbow

"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." – Maya Angelou
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“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Buy someone less fortunate a breakfast so they have one less thing to pay for.

She has been the only second poet in History to have worked at a Presidential Inauguration.

A better world

"If we treated ourselves as well as we treated our best friend, can you imagine how better off we would be?” – Meghan Markle
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“If we treated ourselves as well as we treated our best friend, can you imagine how better off we would be?”

Mark this friendship quote. Indulge in a little meditation and talk to yourself. You know you miss it!

She helped change the Proctor and Gamble Ivory dish-washing logo.

Source of power

"Women's friendships are like a renewable source of power" – Jane Fonda
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“Women’s friendships are like a renewable source of power.”

Call your bffs up! Unexpected calls are the best!

She was a civil rights leader as well.

Gift of sharing

"The best gift anyone can give, I believe, is the gift of sharing themselves." – Oprah Winfrey
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“The best gift anyone can give, I believe, is the gift of sharing themselves.”

Make a friend. You use the tools of small talk, grabbing a bite to eat, and your favorite movies. It never goes wrong!

Oprah’s the first and only black woman billionaire till date.

Lift the spirits

“Choose people who lift you up." – Michelle Obama
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“Choose people who lift you up.”

Acknowledge and appreciate those who have been with you through thick and thin.

She’s a Princeton and Harvard product.

Friendship heals

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love." - Jane Austen
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“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”

 It’s time you planned something fun with your bffs. Organize a brunch!

 Jane had started writing as a child.

Two of a kind

"Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another 'What! You too?” - C.S. Lewis
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“Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too?”

Grab that work friend and sneak off work early. You deserve this!

He named himself after his dog Jack.

Friends with courage

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” - J.K. Rowling
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“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

Today’s the day you tell that friend exactly what they’re doing wrong. No humming no hawing. Just cookies and the truth.

Her Harry Potter manuscript was rejected 12 times.

Faith in friends

"Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find." - William Shakespeare
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“Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.”

Drop your friends a good morning message and tell them you love them!

His father was an ale taster.

Beware

"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." - Mario Puzo
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“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

Be grateful to your friends and if they’re far away, send them some dessert!

Mario Puzo started out as a railway switchboard assistant.

Same & not

"Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see." - John Green
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“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”

Plan out a day with your friends individually or in a group!

He had originally intended to become an Episcopal Priest.

Don't lose them

"To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away." - Sophocles
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“To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away.”

Listen to what your friend has to say – even if you think they’re being Negative Nellies. They probably have a point.

He won the first prize in a theater competition in 468 BC.

A simple gift

"When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands." - Maria Shriver
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“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”

Ditch work early and call your friends back. Your salary didn’t help you when you were puking your guts out.

She played herself in a movie called “The Last Action Hero”.

Behind you

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

Get your friends massage vouchers at the local spa to relax those strong spines that supported you!

She is only the fourth African American ballerina to have been signed with the ABT.

Not just words

"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence above language." - Henry David Thoreau
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“The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence above language.”

Just listen. Your friend doesn’t always need you to sort out their problems, sometimes they just need a shoulder to cry on.

He’s also responsible for a minor forest fire.

Sweet responsibility

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." - Kahlil Gibran
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“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”

Help your friend out. Be it with a baby, an assignment or even colouring their hair. Just give them some time!

Kahlil was a Gibran.

Let loose

"A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself." - Jim Morrison
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“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”

Share a secret! And if you don’t have one, play hooky at work, go catch a movie!

Morrison is a part of the 27 club.

Tick tock not

“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation." - Tennessee Williams
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“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”

Call that old friend who you never fall out of tune with! Relive some memories and share some laughs.

He once lost a play writing competition.

Sing together

“A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.” 

Start identifying the toxic ones in your life and gently move yourself away. Always put yourself first!

He was BFFs with Louisa May Alcott’s father.

No deceptions

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

Practice a trust exercise! Close your eyes and fall backwards and trust your friend to catch you!

Confucius’ cemetery was repaired and rebuilt 13 times.

Never alone

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

Plan a rainy photowalk. After all, no one does besties better than you two!

 Helen Keller was fast friends with her teacher.

It's precious

“Friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life.” - Thomas Jefferson
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“Friendship is precious, not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life.”

Arrange a potluck!

He was an architect.

Wanna be my fraand?

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” - Abraham Lincoln
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“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Grab that soul you have perpetual conflicts with and get some dessert. You’ll bond much better over chocolate cake.

He wanted women to have a vote in 1836.

Just born

“Friends are born, not made.” - Henry Adams
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“Friends are born, not made.”

Take a time out with the friend you’ve been arguing with.

He was a part of The Hasty Pudding club.

Indispensable

“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” - Aristotle
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“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”

Pull out the old favorites (we recommend Casablanca) and get loads of candy!

He was a student of Plato.

Divide & share

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.” - Gautama Buddha
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“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”

Pick a tv series you can binge on! You can do it together or separately but you can fan girl over all the cute moments!

His future was prophesied.

Looking for 'em

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

Grab your friend and get a board game. Even if it’s over the phone, have fun tussling with them!

He thought that alcohol was as bad as Christianity.

Choose well

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” - George Washington
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“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

Buy a cookbook and try out a new recipe every day! Gives you the perfect excuse to host as many dinner parties and force feed your friends.

George Washington inherited his first slaves at 11.

A part of us

“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” - William Blake
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“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”

Do a little soul searching for some healing with a good meditation sesh.

His longest epic is ‘Jerusalem’.

Swap not

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

Grab your best friends and pack a picnic. You deserve it!

He has 1093 patents to his credit.

Best of me

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

Plan a sleepover with lots of pizzas and the adult juice. Get the kids too for extra entertainment!

He created the concept of mass production.

What's the value

“If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you haven't learned anything.” - Muhammad Ali
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“If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything.”

Look up classes you and your friends can take together!

He refused to serve in the Vietnam War.

No strangers

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.” - William Butler Yeats
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“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”

Grab an acquaintance and hit a local organisation for some volunteer work.

His brother was Ireland’s first Olympic medalist.

Two is company

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

Plan an organization party! You can take turns at arranging each others wardrobes or bookshelves as you munch on snacks!

He also dabbled in architectural sketches.

Never explain

“Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.” - Elbert Hubbard
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“Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”

Plan out an activity that requires no talking and complete dedication. We’re talking movie marathons!

He had originally started at Harvard but never finished the semester.

My go-to

“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.” - Virginia Woolf
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“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.” 

Plan out a mani-pedi session with the girls and get out all the funky reds. Have fun!

She was a member of the Bloomsbury group.

Mark 'em now

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.” - Elie Wiesel
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“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.”

Check in on the strongest, most sorted friend. They might need a shoulder too.

He was struck by a car the first time he came to the United States.

Ultimate blessing

“Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.” - Euripides
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“Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.” 

Plan a double date! You know you need it if you’re to actually (for once) like the person your besties are dating.

Only 18 of his 80 plays have survived.

It's me, Frankenstein!

“Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne
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“Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.”

Rent some bicycles and cycle everywhere for a weekend. First one to quit loses!

His book ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was an instant bestseller.

My PRECIOUS!

“Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.” - Herodotus
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Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.”

Plan a road trip with your besties and get going!

Herodotus was also called the ‘Father of History’.

Be one

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” - George Eliot
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“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” 

Make a new language of your own and see how long you can keep this up!

She invented the term ‘pop music’.

Old. Always!

“I love everything that's old, — old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.” - Oliver Goldsmith
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“I love everything that’s old, — old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.”

Get your friends and get baking! And then if you’re wiped out, grab some chocolate sauce and eat it straight out of the pan.

He was best friends with Samuel Johnson.

Mamma

“A mother is the truest friend we have.” - Washington Irving
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“A mother is the truest friend we have.”

Pay your mum a visit. If you can’t do that, give her a ring!

He blessed us with the Knickerbocker Glory.

Not so new

“Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise.” - Charles Kingsley
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“Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise.”

Open a bottle of wine (or five, no judgement really) with your friends! Nothing spills laughter faster than wine.

He founded the concept of Christian Socialism.

Let the games begin

"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” —A.A. Milne
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“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”

Plan out a yoga session together! Cleanse those chakras with your best friend to get those juices flowing.

He had played cricket with authors J.M. Barrie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Faultlines

“We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter.” - Mignon McLaughlin
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“We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter.”

Hold a fashion show for your friends and get them to help you choose what to keep.

She wrote a play with her husband.

Almost there

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. ” - Izaak Walton
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“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. ”

Sign up for and take classes on how to sign! Besides being inclusive, it’s the easiest way to speak your mind without the kids guessing too.

He would go fishing with John Dunne.

Mirror, mirror

"The best mirror is an old friend." - George Herbert
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“The best mirror is an old friend.”

Start a two person movie review club! You can split the Netflix subscriptions and the movie tickets. Have fun!

He sat in the Parliament before joining the Church.

Ah, bliss!

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." - Mark Twain
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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” 

Play a prank. Use some ketchup, or even some Halloween props and get those creative juices flowing!

He was almost a cowboy.

Lov thy enemies

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

Plan out an adventure day! Be it trekking, hiking or even bird watching, grab your BFFs to burn those calories.

His assigned name was Michael and not Martin.

Marchin' on

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

Spill some tea over some hot tea! Nothing like tea and your best friends to get the gossip flowing!

He was an Aries!

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