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The 20 Best Friendship Quotes For BFF’s, Besties & BAE’s

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There are some excellent friendship quotes in this list below, but none might be as good as this one:

“Ah, friendship, it’s the best ship to be on”

After laughing hysterically at one of my bestfriend’s who said this to me, I realized she actually had a point. Whether you’ve only known someone for a few years, or you have grown up together, once a true friendship is formed there is little that can break it. But those friendships are rare. And while we’re grateful for the ones we have, it’s always sad when they don’t work out.

But we should never stop trying. Especially when you consider that great friendships can contribute to longer living.

According to this UCLA study, friendships among women are especially unique and special. And while we agree with that, our friends generally fall into the following categories:

The Best Friend:

Also known as the “bff”. If you were an atom, your friendship would be a covalent bond, because that’s how strong and stable it is. You share (and likely overshare) every little detail of your life with this person. You’re fully aware they could ruin you if they wanted to, yet you can’t help but have unwavering faith that they never will.

The School Friend:

They used to occupy a bigger space in your life when you were bonding over your sleepless school nights. Such comments as “Why did we ever take this class?” and “Eff our lives” were often said by the both of you. As life usually goes, you went separate ways after school. But you always find time to go out for coffee here and there to catch up like no time has passed.

The Work Friend:

An enigma of sorts, the work friend is the person you awkwardly meet on your first shift yet quickly become close with (You probably see them more than your own family. What other choice do you have?). What makes them unique is that despite spending so much time with this person, you really don’t know a lot about them if you think about it. Sure you have the basics: their last name, age, where they went to school and likely half of their life story. But unless you really get to know them outside of your work environment, the other half their lives will always be a mystery to you.

The friend of a friend:

Last but not least we have the friend of a friend. The person who you met once at a mutual friends party and swore you’d hang out with again. (“Oh my god, where have you been all my life? You’re so awesome. We’re hanging out. This HAS to happen”). You add them on facebook and chat once more. Then you never. See them. Again. The most contact you have over time is when they like your facebook photos and statuses.

The Takeaway: 

No matter what category your friend falls into, if they are there when you need them, you should hold on to them. The rest of these best friend quotes should inspire you to do that.

The 20 Best Friendship Quotes For BFF’s, Besties & BAE’s


  1. “A friend to all is a friend to none” – Aristotle


Our thoughts: Someone who appears to be a true friend to everyone without many standards probably doesn’t really value friendship, therefore being a true friend to no one



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


Our thoughts: It’s better to have a friend with you during the hard times than to be well without anyone there to share it with


  1. “True friends stab you in the front” – Oscar Wilde


Our thoughts: A true friend isn’t two-faced and won’t talk behind your back. Instead, they will tell you what they think to your face


  1. “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes” – Friedrich Nietzche


Our thoughts: Friends care and love each other no matter what, therefore ‘closing its eyes’ to the faults of the other person


  1. “The language of friendship is not words but meanings” – Henry David Thoreau



Our thoughts: What makes a true friendship is sharing experiences with each other that create meaning for the both of you


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

Our Thoughts: It’s pretty amazing that our friends still love us given some of the ridiculous things we do.


  1. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


Our Thoughts: Our best relationships are the ones where our significant other is also our best friend.

  1. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” – C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


Our Thoughts: Usually these things are our little quirks and oddities, our ‘weirdest’ attributes. It’s nice to share them with someone just as weird.


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


Our Thoughts: Everything is always better with chocolate.


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



Our Thoughts: The ones we can always count on are the ones we should cherish the most.


  1. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.


Our Thoughts: One of our childhood favourites. So sweet and heartfelt.


  1. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” – Khalil Gibran


Our Thoughts: Like any relationship, friendship takes work. That responsibility should not be taken for granted.


  1. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson Gentry


Our Thoughts: The best is when you both know what the other is thinking without having to speak a word.


  1. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare


Our Thoughts: Our best friends accept everything about us, even when we’re acting like j**ks.


  1. “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

Our thoughts: This can sometimes be hard to find, but when found is always a great feeling.


  1. “Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends.” – Virginia Woolf


Our thoughts: Our friends are our biggest supporters, advocates, and confidants.


  1. “If you have good friends, no matter how much life is sucking, they can make you laugh.” – P.C. Cast


Our thoughts: No matter what is going on, spending time with friends always makes everything seem better and easier.


  1. “The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.” – Jay McInerney, The Last of the Savages.


Our thoughts: Hilarious. As much as we love our families, they can push our buttons, and it’s great to spend time with a good friend who understands all those dynamics.

  1. “Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” – William Shakespeare.


Our thoughts: True. Cherish them when you find them.


  1. “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Our thoughts: Having a solid support system is important. Friends are there to laugh with, and to have a shoulder to cry on when needed.

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There you have it, the ultimate list for all best friends. Now share this list with your BFF’s and spread the love. If there’s any quotes you think we missed, or if there are any that keep you and your besties laughing hysterically, share them in the comments.

Written by Quotezine Team

Michelle Quinteros is a pop culture and lifestyle writer with a fancy degree from McMaster University. When she’s not writing for Quotezine, she can be found excessively quoting The Simpsons or binge watching Netflix.

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