Quotes About the Importance of Good Friendships

Perfect Sentiments to Let Friends Know How Much They Mean to You

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Friendship, like any other relationship, needs to be nurtured. It cannot grow like a wildflower. To develop a good friendship, you need to be committed, and a word of gratitude goes a long way toward sealing bonds. Thank your friends for being there for you. Thank them for helping you rediscover yourself.

Use these thank-you quotes for friends in cards and messages. On Friendship Day, reach out to your friends in every corner of the world. Let them know that wherever they are, they will always be in your heart. Real friends are worth the time and trouble. As Oprah Winfrey said, "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." 

Richard Bach
"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness."

Grace Noll Crowell
"How can I find the shining word, the glowing phrase that tells all that your love has meant to me, all that your friendship spells? There is no word, no phrase for you on whom I so depend. All I can say to you is this, 'God bless you, precious friend.'"

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."

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

Euripides
"Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness."

Baltasar Gracián
"True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... To find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing."

Yolanda Hadid
"Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest... it's about who came and never left your side." 

Thomas Jefferson
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."

Ann Landers
"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." 

John Leonard
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."

François de la Rochefoucauld
"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire."

Albert Schweitzer

"In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood."

Henry David Thoreau
"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings."