Skip To Content

    15 Book Quotes That Perfectly Describe Friendship

    A tremendous thing.

    1. Clarence Darrow for the Defense, Irving Stone

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    Sometimes making friends is as easy (or as difficult) as loving the same book. No closeness compares.

    2. The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    It's that spark of learning that, in all this sea of confusion and posturing and ridiculously terrifying wonder, THAT person understands.

    3. The Diary of Anaïs Nin: Vol. 1, Anaïs Nin

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    And, beyond enjoying your own thoughts reflected in another person (because, really, who doesn't enjoy that?), there's the excitement of discovering a whole new world in someone else.

    4. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    You'll bond in moments of kindness, of understanding...

    5. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    ... and in less pleasant moments, too.

    6. Winnie-The-Pooh, A.A. Milne

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    When they are away, you will want to be near.

    7. Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    And when your friend is even farther away, you will see that this person continues to open up the world for you.

    8. Portrait in Sepia, Isabel Allende

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    Friendship isn't a weak thing. It's not rose petals or clouds on a pretty day. Real friendship is steel, unbroken by time or distance.

    9. Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    And, certainly, there will be moments when your friends test you, when they lash and hurt you or -- worse -- have you watch as they hurt themselves.

    10. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    You might even wonder, sometimes, if people are worth it.

    11. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    But, remember: listen to them. Learn what they're about. Observe what makes them tick and smile and weep and wink at you from across a crowded room.

    12. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    Because, let's call this what it is: it's LOVE. It's a romance of the mind and of the heart.

    13. Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    A good friend, a best friend, would give her very self for you as her parting gift, because she knows that you're truly some pig. (In the best way possible, of course.)

    14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    And in your darkest moments, you will think of them, and the sun will come out, just for you.

    15. The Return of The King, J.R.R. Tolkien

    Alex Alvarez / BuzzFeed

    Because you know that a true friend is with you. Until the very end.

    Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Books newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form