As the saying goes, a best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.
Real friends are loyal, genuine and have a special place in our lives like family. They share our moments of happiness and sadness and truly care. They inspire us to become better and want the best for us–the same way we want the best for them.
For some, we met our best friend during childhood and kept him or her close since then. For some others, it may be a rare colleague we met in the workplace that turns into a close friend. Our best friend can also be our husband or wife, with whom we can share anything and everything about ourselves, act silly and like a fool, and that nobody else could ever replace. For some others, it can be a sibling or parent we consider to be our best friend. Friendship can take shape in so many ways. Don’t we even say that dogs are man’s best friends? And what about Diane von Furstenberg, who said once that “when a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier!”
The truth is that life and happiness are to be shared and life becomes more beautiful, thanks to the special people in our lives we call our friends.
As we celebrated National Best Friend Day yesterday, here is a recollection of some of my favorites quotes about friendship.
A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
— Douglas Pagels
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.
Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
— Eustache Deschamps
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
— Katherine Mansfield
Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
— Henry David Thoreau
A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.
Friends are those who believe in us and who want to help us whatever it is that we are trying to achieve.
— Aung San Suu Kyi
I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.
— Nelson Mandela
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
— Elbert Hubbard
Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
— Helen Keller
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
— Muhammad Ali
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
— Khalil Gibran
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
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m that matter.
— Marlene Dietrich
Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
— Richard Bach
Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy you need.
True friendship is made of trust, loyalty and indulgence.