Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Bookish Quotes about Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Book Quotes.  I have so many favorite quotes from books that it was impossible to narrow down to just ten favorites.  To help me whittle my list down though, I decided to tweak this week’s topic a bit and just focus on my favorite quotes from books about friends and friendship.

My best friends are so important to me –they’re like family, really.  And it’s not just about the good times we have together, which are of course amazing, but sometimes it’s more about the bad times and that they’re just always here for me, even when they’re hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of miles away.  So, anytime I read a great quote about friends in the books I’m reading, the words just immediately resonate with me because they make me think about those I’m closest to and why I cherish their friendship so much.


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Top 10 Favorite Bookish Quotes about Friendship


1.  “A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” 

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak


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2.  “Maybe, sometimes, it’s easier to be mad at the people you trust because you know they’ll always love you, no matter what.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares


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3.  “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”

That Was Then, This is Now, S. E. Hinton


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4.  “Friends are honest with each other. Even if the truth hurts.”

Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen


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5. “Friends are the family you choose.”

The Other Side of Life, Jess C. Scott


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6.  “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, J.K. Rowling


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7.  “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne


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8.  “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

Letter to My Daughter, Maya Angelou


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9.  “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”

A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin


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10.  “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

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Question:  What are some of your favorite quotes about friendship?

38 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    Maybe if I had been as smart as you and narrowed it down, I may have been able to do this TTT. It’s amazing how much wisdom I glean from Winnie the Pooh looking at it now. So many gems in there!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    Oh, you have so many good ones! I love that Jane Eyre quote, and of course that Harry Potter one is basically a classic.

  3. lissa
    lissa says:

    I love #1, love that book. & #10 too. jane eyre sounds so modern to me these days.

    here’s one that I like:
    “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    have a lovely day.

  4. Jordan Rose
    Jordan Rose says:

    What a great idea for this one! These quotes are all so wonderful. I particularly love that Harry Potter quote, as well as A.A Milne’s. Great list!

  5. Greg Hill
    Greg Hill says:

    I love the Pooh one, and The Other Side of Life as well. Some truth to that one. I also like the quotes from that Was Then, This Is Now and the Book Thief. Nice picks.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Thanks! I think the Pooh one is probably my favorite. It’s funny how sometimes children’s stories resonate even more when we go back and re-read them as adults.

  6. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    I really like your approach – a themed set of quotes:)). And your particular quotes are lovely – I’m particularly fond of the A.A. Milne.

  7. bookworm
    bookworm says:

    I love the friendship quotes you shared. I love a good book quote. I like #9 alot.
    A fav friendship quote of mine is :“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
    by Mark Twain. Enjoy your week!

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