Literary Quotes about Friendship

Hello dear readers. In times of hardship we need those close to us to keep us from going to the dark places. It is with their guiding light that we find joy and happiness.

So, in honor of those friends we all hold so dear, I’ve collected some of the best quotes from literature about friendship that I could find.

If you know any that I might have missed, let me know in the comments, or send me a message on social media.
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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, Fahrenheit 451

“It is love and friendship, the sanctity and celebration of our relationships, that not only support a good life, but create one. Through friendships, we spark and inspire one another’s ambitions.” —Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.” —Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings


“Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” —Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” —R.J. Palacio, Wonder

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

“She thought of how precious it was to be able to know another person over many years. There was incomparable richness in it.” —Alice Walker, The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart

“The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.” —Barbara Kingsolver, from “Stone Soup” in High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never


“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, Beloved

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

“A good friend is a connection to life—a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” —Lois Wyse, Women Make the Best Friends: A Celebration

“The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.” —Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

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“We clung to books and to our friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.” —Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything.” —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner