A collection of quotes and proverbs about friendship.

Friends Bert and Ernie – Drawing by studio tdes

A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.

After problems, friendships can be fixed, but will never be as strong as before.

A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Someone who helps when you are in trouble is your real friend.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Someone who is a friend to everyone makes none of them feel special.

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

A real friend will tell you the truth about yourself.

A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

A stone from the hand of a friend is an apple.

A stupid friend is a greater plague than a wise enemy.

A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them


An empty purse frightens away friends.

If you get poor, your ‘friends’ will disappear.

An intelligent enemy is better than a stupid friend.

But, but that's what a friend is, Bert. I mean, not minding too much because you like somebody. That's a friend, Bert, a pal! Not minding! That's what friends are for!

From the song: That's What Friends Are For

Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.


Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Don’t allow the grass to grow on the path of friendship.

Native American proverb

False friends are worse than open enemies.

Friends are flowers that never fade.

English proverb

Friendship is love with understanding.

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

If you want a friend, be a friend.

Imagine all the people, living life in peace.

John Lennon

In times of prosperity friends are plentiful.

You have many friends when you have no difficulties, but if you are in trouble your ‘friends’ may disappear.

Make a friend of the wolf, but keep your axe ready.

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.

Joseph Joubert

Only real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

Only a real friend will tell you the truth about yourself.

Peel a fig for your friend, a peach for your enemy.

Pick your friends like you pick your fruit.

Real friends will share even a strawberry.

Save me from my friends.

Friends can sometimes cause more problems than enemies.

Short reckonings make long friends.

Pay debts quickly to ensure long friendship.

The ambitious one makes friends with the elephant, then tramples upon the ant.


The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

High Hopes Lyrics
Pink Floyd

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.

Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen

True friends are tested in adversity.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.