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Quotations: Best Friends

Welcome to the Web's first page of quotations about and for best friends. I started collecting these quotes way before "bestie" was a popular word, heck, even before the already antiquated "BFF." But no matter the vocabulary, the sentiments are the still the same as they were years ago. Enjoy!   SEE ALSO:  FRIENDSHIP SOUL MATES LOVE RELATIONSHIPS SISTERS THINKING OF YOU  –ღTerri

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, 1989

A bosom friend — an intimate friend, you know — a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908

I should have gone mad by this time but for you. Will you be my friend whatever happens? ~George MacDonald, Wilfrid Cumbermede, 1871

A true friend is for ever a friend. ~George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie, 1877

Let's swear each with our pinky
We'll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly!
~Author unknown

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness! ~George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy: A Poem, written 1864–1867, published 1868

Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother... ~Charles Lamb, "The Old Familiar Faces," 1798

That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart. ~Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane, 2008

Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy you need. ~Author unknown

Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. ~Robert Brault,

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich, unverified

Most everyone hears what you say;
Friends listen to what you say;
Best friends listen to what you don't say.
~Author unknown, circa late 1990s

You have been my best friend; 'tis to your kind offices that I owe the confirmation of my happiness... ~Memoirs of Madame du Barri, 1700s, translated from French

Best friends make the good times better and the hard times easier. ~Author unknown

You can always tell when two people are best friends because they are having more fun than it makes sense for them to be having. ~Author unknown

Nothing compares to the pain of a belly ache from laughing too hard with your best friend. ~Author unknown

Friends make you smile — best friends make you giggle 'til you pee your pants. ~Terri Guillemets

That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours. ~Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane, 2008

A best friend is someone who makes you laugh even when you think you'll never smile again. ~Author unknown

All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence?
We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,
Have with our needles created both one flower,
Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grow together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart...
~William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, c.1595 [III, 2, Helena]

That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love...
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596 [III, 4, Portia]

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. ~Author unknown

Best friends don't necessarily have to talk every day. They don't even need to talk for weeks. But when they do, it's like they never stopped talking. ~Author unknown

A stranger stabs you in the front. A friend stabs you in the back. A boyfriend stabs you in the heart. Best friends poke each other with straws. ~Author unknown

Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship
Let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Courtship of Miles Standish," 1858

O friend! O best of friends! Thy absence more
Than the impending night darkens the landscape o'er!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Golden Legend," 1851

Best friend: someone you can only stay mad at for so long because you have important things to talk about. ~Author unknown

A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. ~Author unknown

Best friends — it's a promise, not a label. ~Author unknown

Yesterday brought the beginning,
tomorrow brings the end,
and somewhere in the middle
we became the best of friends.
~Author unknown

Besties before testes. ~Internet meme, c. 2013

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard, in Friends and Friends of Friends by Bernard Pierre Wolff, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1989

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