Having a best friend is sometimes a rare occurrence, so if you do have one particular pal you're close to, you'll enjoy these quotes from various people in pop culture, television, and the literary world. Why not jot one down in a card and add your own thoughts for a friend?
"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."
It must be hard to find true friends when you're famous and wealthy. Oprah met her best pal Gayle King years before she had the mega-success she has since achieved. There are many friendship lessons we can take away from this relationship, and I get the feeling that if it all ended tomorrow, they would still be friends and enjoying the best of every moment.
This quote from Oprah reminds me just how difficult it is to find friends who want you for you. It doesn't matter if you're rich or not, because there are many reasons why someone would claim to be a friend just to use you. However, as this quote suggests, when things get rough it is easy to see who is there for you now and will still be around tomorrow.
"Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends."
As a poetry lover, I often turn to verse when I'm happy, sad, or just want to feel comforted by the beauty of words. But I agree with Woolf's quote here that talking to your best friend beats anything else for lifting the burdens of your life. There is something about the act of talking through your issues that can make you feel lighter and more in charge of your life. A true friend will listen intently and let you vent first before offering opinions. Your pal will know that the first thing you need to do is get your troubles off your mind (and chest), and they will give their listening ear freely so you can do that.
"A best friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway."
This quote really sums it up when I think of best friends. They know you. They know your faults and whom you are deep down. You don't need to be fake around them or try to be anyone other than who you are. Liberating? You bet.
"A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
Some people wonder how many friends they need. There is a perception that the more friends you have, the better off you are. But that isn't necessarily the case. One or two good friends can make much more of an impact on your life than dozens of casual friends.
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
There is such a thing as fast friends, but they are rare. More often than not, friendships need time to develop. You need to see each other in a different set of circumstances over a long period of time to really get to know them.
"It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."
You certainly can't call up your casual acquaintances at four in the morning! If you're calling someone at that time of the day, you probably have a lot on your mind and might even be in trouble. This quote reminds us that having a best friend you know you can count on is priceless.
"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."
Doesn't this quote just call up feelings of comfort and home? Comparing friendship to the nest a bird lives in and builds with loving determination reminds me that having a solid relationship takes work and dedication. And yet, when you succeed in crafting a friendship, you can rest in the comfort it provides.
"Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words."
"No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever."
Some people come into our lives for a short while, and others stay for years. A friendship doesn't need to last your entire lifetime in order for it to make an impact on you. Rather than focusing on how long you've been friends with someone, think about what you've learned from them instead.
"If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere."
Why is it when we need friends the most, we can't find them? Zig Ziglar's quote addresses that "what can you do for someone else" approach that will help you make friends simply by thinking of other people first. If you're desperate to have friends, you will behave in a way that is different than if you're out to be friendly and helpful. One way to achieve this attitude Ziglar speaks of is by volunteering. Doing something for others can help you meet people while you give of yourself. Showing this side of yourself will make you that much more attractive to new friends.
"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
When we think of best friends, this is the key point. Your best pal should allow you to be the very best version of yourself.