209+ Best Supportive Friend Quotes: Exclusive Selection

A supportive friend is someone who understands who you are and what you need. Profoundly inspirational supportive friend quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Supportive Friend Quotes

A friendship that can end never really began. — Publilius Syrus

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. — Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. — Waqar Ahmed

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. — Ed Cunningham

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

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

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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

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

People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out. —  Michael Bassey Johnson

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. — Toni Morrison

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

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. — Shel Silverstein

Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life-and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. — Dean Koontz

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

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

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. — Douglas Pagels

A friend to all is a friend to none. — Aristotle

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

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. — Washington Irving

Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts. —  Sarah Dessen

No man is a failure who has friends. — It’s a Wonderful Life

A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden. — Unknown

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. — Jim Morrison

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? — Abraham Lincoln

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. — Charles Caleb Colton

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. — Anais Nin

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. — Tennessee Williams

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

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. — Paramahansa Yogananda

True friends are always together in spirit. — Lucy Maud Montgomery

Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it’s to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind. — Moi

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

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. — Samuel Butler

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

A friend is someone who makes it easy to believe in yourself. — Heidi Wills

Every friendship travels at sometime through the black valley of despair. This tests every aspect of your affection. You lose the attraction and the magic. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore. If you can come through this time, it can purify with your love, and falsity and need will fall away. It will bring you onto new ground where affection can grow again. — John O’Donohue

famous supportive friend quotes

If you care about somebody, you should want them to be happy. Even if you wind up being left out. — Stephen Chbosky

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people. — John O’Donohue

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. —  Joseph F. Newton Men

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. — Katherine Mansfield

Friendship is selfless love, care, respect, and honor not a profitable opportunity. —  Santosh Kalwar

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

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

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

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. — Leo Buscaglia

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. —  Dale Carnegie

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have. — Irish Proverb

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. — Plutarch

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you. — Winnie the Pooh

When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier. — Diane von Furstenburg

‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. — Louisa May Alcott

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you. — William Arthur Ward

There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends. — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. — Alexander Dumas

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

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. — Mencius

A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure. — Louisa May Alcott

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

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams. —  Henry David Thoreau

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

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion. —  Simone de Beauvoir

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. — John Churton Collins

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We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. — Ray Bradbury

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. — Cicero

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

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. — Confucius

Some souls just understand each other upon meeting. — N. R. Hart

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. — Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. — Muhammad Ali

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

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. — Alice Walker

Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair. —  Pierce Brown

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. — Henry David Thoreau

Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition. —  John O’Donohue

You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone. — Betty Ford

Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said I’m here for you, and proved it. — Unknown

Friends are the family you choose. — Jess C. Scott

We’ll be friend ’til we’re old and senile. … Then we’ll be new friends! —Anonymous

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

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. — Elbert Hubbard

The only way to have a friend is to be one. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. — Audrey Hepburn

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. —  Samuel Johnson

There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound. — Diana Cortes

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. — Khalil Gibran

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. — Joseph F. Newton Men

I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was . — Stand by Me

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing. — John Tillotson

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. — Jim Morrison

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. — Epicurus

Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. — Dean Koontz

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. — Unknown

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love. — Mandy Hale

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

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. — Barbara Kingsolver

The best mirror is an old friend. — George Herbert

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. — George Santayana

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. — Carl W. Buechner

A good friend can tell you what the matter with you is in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling. — Arthur Brisbane

inspiring supportive friend quotes

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship. — Dorothy Parker

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. — Mencius

No friendship is an accident. —O. Henry, Heart of the West

The only true test of friendship is the time your friend spends on you. —  John Marsden

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies. — Richelle Mea

Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation. — Tennessee Williams

The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

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. — Albert Schweitzer

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

In the spiritual life nowhere do our ideals meet the actual more truly than in how we relate to each other, in how we make, sustain and are friends. — James Ishmael Ford

It’s the friends you can call up at am that matter. — Marlene Dietrich

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

The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. — Dale Carnegie

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. — Henry David Thoreau

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. —  Miles Franklin

In a friend you find a second self. — Isabelle Norton

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. — Gloria Naylor

A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part. — Anonymous

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. — Friedrich Nietzsche

It is the friends you can call up at  a.m. that matter. — Marlene Dietrich

I get by with a little help from my friends. — The Beatles

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends. — Jacques Delille

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. — Maxwell Maltz

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

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

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

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. — William Hazlitt

Only a true friend would be that truly honest. — Shrek

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. — Charles R. Swindoll

You have been my friend, replied CharlotteThat in itself is a tremendous thing. — E.B. White Charlotte’s Web

True friendship is never serene. — Marquise de Sevigne

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. — Joan Powers, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships. —  Abraham Lincoln

Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend. — Sarah Desse

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

Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take. —  Anthony Robbins

One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. — Mindy Kaling

If you live to be , I hope I live to be  minus  day, so I never have to live without you. — Winnie the Pooh

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. — It’s a Wonderful Life

We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young. — Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. — William James

A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. — Frank Crane

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. — Epicurus

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

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

Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends. — Virginia Woolf

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings. —  Jean de La Bruyère

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference. — Emil Ludwig

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. — Hubert H. Humphrey

The verb ‘to love’ in Persian is ‘to have a friend.’ ‘I love you’ translated literally is ‘I have you as a friend,’ and ‘I don’t like you’ simply means ‘I don’t have you as a friend.’ – Shusha Guppy

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate – Linda Grayson

Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend. — Bill Watterson

If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere. — Zig Ziglar

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

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

True friendship isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about being separated and nothing changes. — Unknown

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world. — Brandi Snyder

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. — Aristotle

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. — Euripides 

A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile. — Anonymous

Friends should be like books, few, but hand-selected. — C.J. Langenhoven

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

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant. — Socrates

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky. — S.E. Hinton

Friendship is like a glass ornament, once it is broken it can rarely be put back together exactly the same way. — Charles Kingsley

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

We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us. — Margaret Guenther

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. — Khalil Gibran

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

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. — Buddha

Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation. — Oscar Wilde

Where there are friends, there is wealth. — Titus Maccius Plautus

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. — Unknown

I don’t know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn’t had my girlfriends. — Reese Witherspoon

The world is not a pleasant place to be without someone to hold and be held by. —  Nikki Giovanni

Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love. — Robin Morgan

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. — William Hazlitt

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. — Ernest Hemingway

We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you. — Sylvia Plath

Lovers have a right to betray you. Friends don’t. — Judy Holliday

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

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. — John Holmes

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. — Jon Katz

When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. — Donald Miller

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

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. — Robert Louis Stevenson

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. — Shel Silverstein

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

A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself. —  Frances Ward Weller

The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? – Eugene Kennedy

There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found While journeying east and west – The only folks we really wound Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The only good thing about times of adversity is that you realize who your real friends and fans are – and the rest go away – which in my mind is an OK thing. — Pete Wentz

True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks. — St. Jerome

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

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up. — Thomas J. Watson

Every friendship goes through ups and downs. Dysfunctional patterns set in; external situations cause internal friction; you grow apart and then bounce back together. — Mariella Frostrup

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. — Len Wein

What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence. — Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-: A Memoir

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