There are acquaintances, there are friends and there are best friends. You know, those people you can call in the middle of the night, show up at their door without asking and enjoy each other’s company without even talking? And Valentine’s Day is just another reason to celebrate the love you share for one another. Whether you see your BFF every day or are living across the country from one another, read on for 51 funny, heartfelt best friend quotes about that type of friendship—then forward this to your nearest and dearest.

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1. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.” - Jane Austen

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2. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” - Octavia Butler

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3. "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

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4. "Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

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5. “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses...swapped back and forth and over again.” - Michelle Obama

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6. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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7. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'You too? I thought I was the only one.’” - C.S. Lewis

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8. “It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” - Marlene Dietrich

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9. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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10. “There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.” - Jennifer Aniston

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11. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” - Oprah Winfrey

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12. “True friendship resists time, distance and silence.” - Isabel Allende

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13. “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.” - Irish Proverb

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14. “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE THERE TO SUPPORT YOU.” - MISTY COPELAND

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15. “You know, even though I had to wear that stupid back brace and you were kind of fat, we were still totally cutting edge.” - Michele Weinberger, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

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16. “I don't know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn't had my girlfriends. They have literally gotten me up out of bed, taken my clothes off, put me in the shower, dressed me, said, ‘Hey, you can do this,' put my high heels on and pushed me out the door!” - Reese Witherspoon

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17. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than walk alone in the light.” - Helen Keller

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18. “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

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19. “When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.” - Maria Shriver

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20. “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

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21. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” - William Shakespeare

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22. “I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don’t have to explain anything to them. I don’t have to apologize for anything. They know. There’s no judgment in any way.” - Emma Watson

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23. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” - Henry David Thoreau

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24. “Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life—and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.” - Dean Koontz

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25. “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

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26. “Women's friendships are like a renewable source of power.” - Jane Fonda

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27. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” - Socrates

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28. “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

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29. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” - Audrey Hepburn

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30. “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” - Walter Winchell

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31. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” - Anaïs Nin

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32. “If you put in the effort, you’ll see the rewards of positive friends who will make your life extraordinary.” - Maya Angelou

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33. “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” - David Tyson

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34. “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” - Woodrow Wilson

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35. “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” - Charlotte York, Sex and the City

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36. “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” - Henry Ford

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37. “It seems they had always been, and always would be, friends. Time could change, but not that.” - Winnie the Pooh

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38. “Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.” – Virginia Woolf

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39. “We’re sisters; you’re my family. What is you, is me. There’s nothing that you could ever say to make me let go.” - Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl

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40. “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” - Elisabeth Foley

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41. “The truth is, no matter how lonely you might feel, you're never going through anything alone...you can choose your family.” - Jennifer Lopez

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42. “One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.” - Mindy Kaling

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43. “Friendship is the wine of life.” - Edward Young

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44. “Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.” - Vincent van Gogh

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45. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” - Tennessee Williams

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46. “No matter how tired I am, I get dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends. Or have a sleepover. Otherwise my life is just all work.” - Jennifer Lawrence

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47. “I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.” - Cher

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48. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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49. “The best time to make friends is before you need them.” - Ethel Barrymore

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50. “My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of.” - Jodi Foster

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51. “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss

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