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10 Friendship Quotes That Make It Clear What Friendship Is All About

If you ever want a good feeling session, look for friendship quotes online. I’ve spent days looking for friendship quotes and I can tell you that it’s clear that everyone values their real friendships in a big way. Most people can’t talk about their real friends without tearing up or getting a little emotional. Following are 10 friendship quotes that make it clear how important friendships really are.

Friendship Quotes That Will Make You Appreciate Your Friends

1. Friends Become Family

We’ve become brothers. – Jared Padalecki on his friendship with Jensen Ackles

Friends that spend a lot of time with and share a lot with become family over time. It’s a fact.

I consider my closest friend my sister. We’ve been friends for 30 years.

I can say with certainty that after years of going through ups and downs together, supporting each other, and feeling each other’s victories and pain, you develop a bond that can be as tight – and sometimes tighter – than with family.

2. Your Romantic Partner Should Be Your Friend In The Beginning And Throughout The Relationship

Does your marriage include friendship? Never lose the foundation. Take a weekly date, be playful, romantic & fun! Your kids will thank you! – Ari Sytner

I’ve known many people who don’t consider their husband or wife or significant other their friend anymore. They may start out being friends. They may start out acting like friends. But once they settle into the relationship, that friendship goes away.

They consider them their lover. Someone they share their life with, sleep with and make big decisions with. But, they don’t call them their friend or act in a way that friends do – hanging out, laughing, having fun, making memories, and enjoying each other’s company.

Who wants to spend the rest of their life with someone who isn’t a friend?

Without a friendship, a relationship is just something that two people are engaged in for mutually beneficial reasons, such as making a home more affordable or making it easier to raise a family. A friendship is what makes a relationship exciting and rewarding.

3. An Unhappy Relationship Results From Not Being Friends

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

When your friendship dies, and you are just existing together, you become unhappy. Your relationship struggles to stay strong. You start to see each other through a negative lens. And problems start to arise.

If your relationship is currently unhappy, take a look at your friendship with your partner and see if you can fix it and get back on track towards trust, respect, and being supportive of each other.

4. You Shouldn’t Have To Force A Friendship

Don’t beg for a friendship or relationship with anyone. If you don’t receive the same efforts you give out… lose that contact. – Dylan Allen

How many people tried to force a friendship when they were kids? I know I did!

As an adult, though, I don’t put up with one-sided friendships because my time and my happiness are more valuable than that.

I’ve also ended friendships that started out strong but became weak and unfixable over time as we grew apart.

You should never have to force someone to be your friend. If they are using you, mistreating you, or abusing you in any way, that’s not a friendship. Moreover, if they are not interested in you and your life anymore, that’s not a friendship either.

Your time is valuable, so dedicate it to relationships that are uplifting and supportive.

5. Real Friendships Are Valuable

I can’t tell you how valuable it is to have somebody who’s been through things with you – ups and downs – it’s very precious. – Ben Affleck on his friendship with Matt Damon

When you do get a good friend, value the friendship. You will be thankful that you’ve nurtured it and taken care of it when you have somebody to be there for you when you need someone to be there.

Valuing it means taking care of it. It means making time for the friendship. It means spending time bonding and growing as friends. If you can’t make time for your friendship and nurture it in some way, you will lose it and that will be painful and you will regret it in the future.

6. A Real Friend Wants You To Succeed

She has always been happier for me – and everything that’s ever happened to me – than even I was. – Oprah Winfrey on Gayle King

A good sign of a true friend is when they celebrate your achievements. They should be happy for you when you are doing well.

A friend who gets upset or jealous when you achieve something or have success is not a supportive friend. They are someone who wants to keep you beneath them in some way, and their lack of encouragement is meant to bring you down just as much as it is to lift them up.

7. You Should Be Able To Tell It Like It Is

There isn’t anything that’s off limits between the two of us. – Gayle King on Oprah Winfrey

Friends are the people you should be able to share with. If you find yourself hiding more than you talk about with friends, you may want to look at your friendship and decide whether it’s more about competing or looking good than it is about having someone in your life who will support you and be there for you when you need them.

8. The Truth Is Important In Real Friendships

You need a close friend who you know will tell you the unvarnished truth. – Gayle King

Just like family is open and honest, friends should be the same way. They should be able to tell you when you are screwing up or not doing your best – not because they want you to be embarrassed, but because they want you to do your best and succeed.

Think of it this way – if you don’t have a real friend who can help you see when you are being an ass or getting things wrong, then you will never know when you are truly being an ass or getting things wrong. Sure, people can tell you that you suck, but it doesn’t mean anything because everyone out there has their own negative opinions so we tend to ignore them. But, when a friend tells you that you are not being all you can be, then you will be more likely to step back, think about it, and redirect onto a better path!

9. A Best Friend Can Read Between The Lines

Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say. – Unknown

This is a reason that real friends should share everything with each other. It gives them insight into each other that allows them to understand each other on a level that other people just don’t get.

In other words, it allows a friend to not just listen to what you say but read between the lines.

When a friend can read between the lines, they can help you see when you are not being honest with yourself, confront fears head on, and give you advice based on their knowledge of you and not just what you are telling them.

10. True Friends Will Be There When You Need Them Most

OK, this isn’t a friendship quote, technically. It’s a tweet and I wanted to include it.

This girl saw a picture of a guy she was seeing in bed with another girl, and her friend instantly came to the rescue to create some pictures that depicted her in bed with another boy – socks down the pants and all!

It’s a little immature, but it’s what friends do! My true friends have stood by me during my worst breakups and helped me laugh and work through them in a way that helped me feel better almost instantly. And sometimes things get a little immature.

A true friend will always be there when you need them the most to cheer you up and help you out.

Friendship Around The World

Lastly, this sweet tweet makes it clear that everyone in this universe needs friends and values true friendship. If you don’t have a good friend, get out there and make one, it will improve your life in every way!

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