Having a best friend is a privilege and one of life’s greatest gifts. True friends are rare and they should be cherished.

Throughout life, we get the chance to meet hundreds, maybe thousands of people in person. Nowadays, we can gather a list of 5000 “friends” on social media in no time. Some of them we get to know more personally and develop some pretty good relationships with, yet how many of them are truly our friends?

A lot of people claim that they have friends everywhere, and maybe they’re really that lucky, but most of us can count our real friends on one hand, and that list shortens with time. We might have a lot of people to hang around or party with, but they’re not the ones we rely on.

True friends are there through the best and the worst of times. They help us grow and when we do, they are genuinely happy for our successes. They lift us up when we’re feeling down, listen to our nonsense, and give us that figurative slap in the face before we make a terrible mistake.

True friends are like guardian angels — the family you choose — and time and distance will never harm the bond you share. Let your besties know they’re much appreciated!

Here are 25 best friend quotes that show the true meaning of friendship:

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

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

Woodrow T. Wilson

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light

Helen Keller

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

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

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

Arnold H. Glasgow

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.

David Tyson

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

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.

Jim Henson

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

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

Donna Roberts

Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.

Mark Twain

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.

Herodotus

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.

Oscar Wilde

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

Elisabeth Foley

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

Bernard Meltzer

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.

Tahar Ben Jelloun

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.

Alice Duer Miller

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

Ethel Barrymore

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.

Chelsea Handler


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