55 Valentine's Day Quotes for the Friends You Love Most

bride and bridesmaids laughing

Peyton Byford

Just like the love languages, there are different and distinct types of love itself. In fact, according to ancient Greek society, there are actually eight types of love. And one of the most powerful and influential relationships in a person’s life might not be an eros or passionate love. Instead, it might be a philia, or love of friends and equals. 

Whether you have a childhood best friend that you can’t imagine doing life without, a "work partner" who is consistently there for you, or a relatively new friend that has become your person, these relationships are filled with platonic love—and they can be priceless. So forget what we’ve been conditioned to think Valentine’s Day is all about—romantic love or sexual attraction—and don’t overlook the other deep connections you have that also deserve to be honored.

Whether you’re planning an entire Galentine’s Day celebration or simply need inspiration for a friend's Valentine's Day card, check out these friendship quotes that capture and honor this important type of love. 

  • "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." — Oprah Winfrey
  • "True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart." — Helen Keller
  • "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find." — William Shakespeare
  • "Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer." — Jean de la Fontaine
  • "A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world." — Leo Buscaglia
  • "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate." — Linda Grayson
  • "Having a soulmate is not always about love. If you look carefully, you can find your soulmate in a friendship too." – Unknown
  • "Friendship is the wine of life." — Edward Young
  • "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." — Walter Winchell
  • "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." — Amy Poehler
  • "A part of you has grown in me, together forever we shall be, never apart, maybe in distance, but not in heart." — Unknown
  • "I love you so much. I hate everyone that isn’t you." — Lena Dunham
  • "I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar." – Robert Brault
  • "To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world." — Dr. Seuss
  • "A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." – Elbert Hubbard
  • "A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part." — Unknown
  • "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." — Henry Ford
  • "When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand." — Henri Nouwen
  • "A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile." — Unknown
  • "In the cookie of life, friends are chocolate chips." — Salman Rushdie
  • "Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare—and precious as a pearl." — Tahar Ben Jello
  • "Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing." — Elie Wiesel
  • "Best friends don’t care if your house is clean. They care if you have wine." — Unknown
  • "Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world." — John Evelyn
  • "Each new friendship can make you a new person because it opens up new doors inside of you." — Kate DiCamillo
  • "True friends are like diamonds—bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." — Nicole Richie
  • "In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." — Khalil Gibran
  • "Everyone has a friend during each stage of life. But only lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life." — Unknown
  • "There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met." — Jim Henson
  • "A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helps you create them." — Unknown
  • "God made us best friends because he knew our moms couldn’t handle us as sisters." — Unknown
  • "F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Fight for you. Respect you. Include you. Encourage you. Need you. Deserve you. Stand by you." – Unknown
  • "Distance means so little when someone means so much." — Tom McNeal
  • "Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship." – Lord Byron
  • "True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you’re facing problems." — Unknown
  • "If you are ever lucky enough to find a weirdo, never let them go." — Matthew Gray Gubler
  • "Friends are the family you choose." — Jess C. Scott
  • "A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad." — Arnold H. Glasgow
  • "That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you—the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you—because that is what people are supposed to do." — Unknown
  • "Love is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. It is loyalty through good times and bad. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." — Ann Landers
  • "Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that." — Ally Condie
  • "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say." — Unknown
  • "The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." — Elisabeth Foley
  • "Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose." — Tennessee Williams
  • "Best friends share laughs, memories, and inside jokes. They will always be honest and stand by your side no matter what. They wipe your tears, pick you up when you fall, and are forever a piece of your heart." — Unknown
  • "False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports." — Richard Burton
  • "Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." — Marcel Proust
  • "A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden." — Unknown
  • "We weren’t sisters [or brothers] by birth, but we knew from the start...fate brought us together to be sisters [or brothers] by heart." — Unknown
  • "The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren’t very lovable." — Aidan Chambers
  • "A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have." — Sarah Valdez
  • "Best friends are the people in your life who make you laugh louder, smile brighter, and live better." — Unknown
  • "It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters." — Unknown
  • "I love that our effortless friendship fits perfectly with my laziness." — Unknown

Related Stories