Sometimes we need a pick-me-up and a reminder of how lucky we are to have friends of the heart in our lives. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated this list of 10 inspiring quotes we love about friendship from some of our favorite novels.
We recently shared some of our favorite novels about friendship. And as we read and re-read them, we took note of some inspiring quotes about the nature of true friendship.
Here are 10 of our favorites.
10 inspiring quotes about friendship
“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
“I think we’re made up of all these different pieces and every time someone goes, you’re left with less of yourself.” – Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca
“Your life is the people who fill it. And nothing’s good without them.” – Kayla Rae Whitaker, The Animators
“Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” – Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
“When we had finally become friends, when the four of us trusted each other enough to let the world surrounding us into our words, we whispered secrets. Pressed side by side by side, or sitting crossed legged in our newly tight circle. We opened our mouths and let the stories that had burned nearly to ash in our bellies finally live outside of us.” – Jacqueline Woodsen, Another Brooklyn
“Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend.” – Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You
“Because the difference between a friend and a real friend is that you and the real friend come from the same territory, of the same place deep inside you, and that means you see the world in the same kind of way. You know each other even before you do.” ― Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge
“A best friend is someone who, when they don’t understand, they still understand.” – Nancy Werlin, Impossible
“I’m never sad when a friend goes far away, because whichever city or country that friend goes to, they turn the place friendly. They turn a suspicious-looking name on the map into a place where a welcome can be found.” – Helen Oyeyemi, Mr. Fox
“We all get lots of people. And maybe we don’t always get to have them the exact way we want them, but if we can figure out a way to compromise, you know, then we can keep them all.”- John Corey Whaley, Noggin
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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.
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