Friendship Quotes To Share On International Friendship Day

Friendship quotes to enjoy and share with loved ones.

10 beautiful friendship quotes

No matter where we live, friendship is universal. Our friends offer love, laughter, and a shoulder to cry on. True friends are with us through the big and the little things in life. As Christians, we have the greatest gift and best friendship ever in Christ Jesus.

Celebrate your best friends or bffs today by sharing these beautiful friendship images and friendship quotes with them, you can even use them on your social media. We’ve also added some of our favourite inspirational quotes, encouraging Bible verses and Bible verses about friendship.

International Friendship Day

The United Nations International Day of Friendship champions friendships between countries, cultures and individuals across the world.

For children living in poverty, this day is particularly special, as a friend can be a source of strength, support and social development. We’d like to invite you to consider sharing the gift of sponsorship today you’ll be part of a support network including the child’s family, local church, and Compassion staff, starting a friendship that is sure to change your life and theirs for the better.

Friendship quotes from the Bible

“A friend loves you at all times.” Proverbs 17:17 [ERV]

A friend loves you all the time Bible verses

This verse reminds us that our friends are always there to love us through good and bad times. You can find more Bible verses about friends here.

What are Jesus’ best friend quotes?

Jesus is the ultimate example of true friendship. He spoke about friendship lots of times throughout the Bible. Here are a few examples of what Jesus said about friendship for you to read:

  • John 15:13-15 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you”.
  • John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”.

Jesus models the importance of love, obedience to God’s commands, and intimacy in friendship and in His kingdom and offers us eternal life. True friendship involves a deep level of love and trust that is characterised by putting others first.

Best friends

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

Henry Ford friendship quotes

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

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

What an amazing definition of a best friend and something to guide our best friend goals.

Sweet friendship Bible verses

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Proverbs 27:9b [MSG]

Friendship Bible verses from the Word

Nothing tastes sweeter than a catch up with a friend over a cup of tea.

True friends

“A true friend sticks by you like family.” Proverbs 18:24b

Friendship Bible verse from Proverbs

This verse is one of our favourite verses from The Word, reminding us that, whatever happens, even through tough times, God is a best friend who sticks with us no matter what. God’s love is eternal. Do you have a bestie that’s more like a brother or sister to you? Why not share this with them.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca also reflected on true friendship, saying, “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

Elisabeth Foley remarked that, “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

Good friends

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas friendship quotes

“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

“I think that generosity is the essence of friendship.” Oscar Wilde

Let’s always remember to keep investing in our friendships.

Friendships matter

“We didn’t realise we were making memories, we were just having fun.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh.

Winnie the Pooh friendship quotes

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

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” Donna Roberts

“There is not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” Jim Henson

These cute friendship quote reminds us of the of joy friendship brings.

Friends together

“We change the world when we meet the needs of others.” Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch friendship quotes

“Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror, they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.” Aristotle

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

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

“Don’t walk in front of me — I may not follow; don’t walk behind — I may not lead; walk beside me and just be my friend.” Albert Camus

Whether we extend love to a friend in need or a stranger, through these small acts of friendship we can make the world a better place.

Encouraging friendship Bible quotes

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Friendship Bible quotes

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us we’re not meant to be alone. The holy Spirit is a close friend, always with us. A friend is someone who helps shape and refine our character.

Laughing through friendship

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Charlie Chaplin

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson

“Everyone wants 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

“Friendship is the wine of life.” Edward Young

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

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran

Charlie Chaplin friendship quotes

We love this image of friends laughing in Nicaragua. Does it remind you of your best friends? Take a moment to share this post with them.

Famous friendship quotes

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

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

“The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” Henry David Thoreau

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali

“He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.” Ali Bin Abi Thalib

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” Ally Condie

“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

“Friendship is the wine of life.” Edward Young

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” Elbert Hubbard

“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 curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” Henri Nouwen

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

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

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

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

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

“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” George Eliot

Real friends

“Distance cannot matter – ours is a friendship of the heart.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Mary Anne Radmacher friendship quotes

“Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” Richard Bach

“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

Through the exchange of letters Compassion sponsors build beautiful friendships with their sponsored children. Some even have the privilege of meeting them face-to-face during a sponsor visit.

You can start a friendship today by taking your first step on your sponsorship journey.

Sponsor a child today

In the words of O. Henry, “No friendship is an accident.”

Share these quotes about friendship

We hope you’ll take a moment to encourage your friends and loved ones by sharing these quotes on friendship.

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Sources: Bible Gateway

Emily Laramy

Words by Emily Laramy


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