Posted on March 17 2017
Childhood friends. School friends. Neighborhood friends. College friends. Work friends. Best friends. Boyfriends. Girlfriends.
We spend lifetime building friendships. From preschool, where we all learn that "it takes a friend to make a friend," through adulthood, we crave closeness with other human beings.
We just need to know that someone out there "gets us."
Whether we have a small group of close friends or an expanded group of personalities, each of our friendships brings something new to our lives, inspiring us to see the world a totally different way, giving us a new shoulder to lean on, and a new cheerleader to root for us.
Friendships come in all sorts of forms: serious ones, like the college friend you discuss politics with, silly ones, like the squad you do Halloween with, chill ones, like your wine and Netflix friends. Some friendships even turn into something more.
Each friendship offers something different and irreplaceable. Each friendship ultimately makes us who we are.
That is why we spend so much time cultivating these relationships and learning how to be good friends. This is why we show up after breakups, at graduations, at weddings, and at funerals. That is why close or far, our friends hold a special place in our hearts forever. We all know, a true friend is hard to find.
My 6th grade year book was lined with BFF quotes like “Good friends are like stars. . . You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” These proclamations of friend-love were important, they had the same significance as having a half heart necklace that read “BE FRI” or “ST ENDS.” Even though I have no yearbooks to write in now, it remains important to me to reflect about what my best friends mean in a more long-lasting and grown-up way.
It also doesn't hurt to let your best friends know every now and then just how much they mean to you. I’ve found over gazillion friendship quotes but a few of them are just so on point and everyone could relate to them. Being a woman I know I am crying right now because they are just so cute.
14. C.S Lewis
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
13. Fred Nors
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."
12. Oprah Winfrey
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo—what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
11. Nicole Richie
“True friends are like diamonds—bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style.”
10. Zooey Deschanel
“Girls get competitive, as though there’s only one spot in the world for everything — but that’s not true. We need to stick together and see there’s more to life than pleasing men. It’s important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other.”
9. Gossip Girl
“Everyone knows you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.”
8. Chelsea Handler
“It’s been my experience that people who make proclamations about themselves are usually the opposite of what they claim to be. If someone is truly a loyal friend, then they wouldn’t need to broadcast it; eventually, people will figure it out. I have a lot of good friends and not one of them has ever introduced themselves by saying, ‘I’m a very good friend.'”
7. Lauren Conrad
“I think a good friend, to me, is all about trust and loyalty. You don’t ever want to second-guess whether you can tell your friend something.”
6. Kristen Wiig
“I feel there’s so much pressure, especially for women, to declare what their life’s going to be and what their career is, and are you married yet? Are you single? But you’re 30. And girlfriends are so important. You can have a boyfriend or husband when you’re 30, but you still need your girlfriends.”
5. Greta Gerwig
“I think that, definitely in your 30s and 40s and early 50s, a lot of women can lose sight of each other because the pressures of marriage and family can take over, but I’ve found that in my mom’s generation and for different women I’ve known in their 60s, they’ve seemed to really find each other again, in a significant way. Whether it’s that they got divorced or the kids are grown up, they have all this time again. I’ve known more women in their 60s who have traveled with each other or see each other all the time and hang out all the time. I feel like it can be rediscovered as a primary relationship, maybe later in life.”
“I love my husband, but it is nothing like a conversation with a woman that understands you. I grow so much from those conversations.”
3. Lena Dunham
“I think about my best friendship — which the Marnie-Hannah friendship in Girls is based on — as like a great romance of my young life.”
2. Tina Fey
Tina on Amy joining her at SNL. . . “Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. . .I was so happy. Weirdly, I remember thinking, ‘My friend is here! My friend is here!’ Even though things had been going great for me at the show, with Amy there, I felt less alone.”
1. Amy Poehler
“All I can tell you today is what I have learned. What I have discovered as a person in this world. And that is this: you can’t do it alone. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
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