100 Awesome Unexpected Friendship Quotes

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Did you know that your brain can only form emotional ties with about 150 people?

And not only that, but of those 150 contacts, only 5 will fall into the category of ‘best’ friends!

Take a moment to think of your own friendship group.

You’ve probably had some of your closest friends since you were young.

But others may have come along later in life, perhaps when you were least expecting it.

It’s the second type I thought I’d celebrate in today’s post — the beauty of the unexpected friendship.

And what better way to do it than with some awesome quotes on the topic?!

Read on for a roundup of the 100 best unexpected friendship quotes on the internet.


Here we go then: 100 amazing unexpected friends quotes, starting with some famous ones!

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Famous Unexpected Friendship Quotes

1. “There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.” ― Jim Henson

2. “You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with.” ― Mya Robarts

3. “It’s strange how we find the best of friends in the most unexpected people.” — Aly Hunter

4. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen

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

6. “A true friend is the one who holds your hand and touches your heart.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

7. “False friends can be bought, but true friendship is priceless.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo


“That’s what friendship is, sharing the prejudice of experience.”

— Charles Bukowski

9. “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” ― Maya Angelou

10. “Friendships are measured in the closeness of hearts, minds and soul ties… not in the distance of physical miles or even the passing of time.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

11. “That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart.” — Kristin Hannah

12. “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.” — Socrates

13. “Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, ‘Yep, I like this one,’ and you just do stuff with them.” — Bill Murray

14. “Friendship is like a stubborn child who is playing hide and seek with your life. When you find the child, his smile will light up the darkness of your life.” ― Sandeep Sharma

15. “If you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali

16. “A friend is someone that asks, ‘how are you,’ and really wants to hear the truth.” ― Tonny K. Brown

17. “Sometimes me think, ‘what is friend?’ and then me say ‘friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'” — Cookie Monster


Next up: some inspiring quotes about meeting new friends…

Inspiring Friendship Bonds Quotes

18. “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” — Henry David Thoreau

19. “A true friend sees the first tear, catches the second, and stops the third.” — Unknown

20. “No one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” ― John Joseph Powell

21. “The unexpected is usually what brings the unbelievable.” — Mandy Kellogg Rye

22. “Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.” ― Margaret Lee Runbeckv

23. “Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” ― Jean de La Bruyère

24. “Stick with the people who pull the magic out of you and not the madness.” — Unknown

25. “Happy is the soul that has a friend. Happier is the soul that trusts in the truth of the heart of a friend.” ― Ogwo David Emenike

26. “No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.” — Robert Southey


“ The great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.”

— Katherine Mansfield

28. “Deep conversations with the right people are priceless.” — Unknown

29. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is, at last, a drop which makes it run over.” ― James Boswell

30. “Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

31. “Peace is a place of unhindered enjoyment of friendship beyond guilt, suspicion, and blame of inferiority.” ― François Du Toit

32. “Maybe I can’t stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain.” — Dr Sukhraj Dhillon

33. “The best friendships were the ones that occurred shizen ni – naturally.” ― Waka T. Brown

34. “Happiness is meeting an old friend after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed.” — Unknown

35. “The tenure of friendships has never been governed by the passage of time.” ― Amor Towles

36. “The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren’t very lovable.” — Aidan Chambers


Here are some of the most interesting and insightful quotes about meeting new friends I could find:

Insightful Quotes About Meeting New Friends

37. “The best relationships usually begin unexpectedly.” — Unknown

38. “You are the best thing I never planned.” — Unknown

39. “That is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.” ― Meg Wolitzer

40. “A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other.” — Jaron Lanier

41. “Ironically, the people you meet by accident are often the ones who become an important part of your life.” — Unknown

42. “Friendship… is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…’” ― C.S. Lewis

43. “The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.” — Shanna Rodriguez

44. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” ― Khalil Gibran

45. “Friendships unfold gradually as women share intimacies with one another. This takes time.” ― Irene S. Levine

46. “True caring friends are a gift; be careful not to tear the wrapping when you open it.” ― RJ Intindola


“They don’t sell friends in stores…”

— Whitney Gracia Williams

48. “Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” ― Hanya Yanagihara

49. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” ― S.E. Hinton

50. “Do not choose friends who only flatter you, but who understand you.” ― Eraldo Banovac

51. “The best friendships are the ones you never saw coming.” — Unknown

52. “That’s the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” — Miriam Adeney

53. “It could be a meeting on the street, or a party or a lecture…Then suddenly there is a flash of recognition, and the embers of kinship glow, a sense of ancient knowing.”― John O’Donohue

54. “Usually unplanned events, unplanned trips, unexpected friends are actually the best.” — Unknown

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

56. “There are friends, there is family and then there are friends that become family.” — Unknown

57. “Energies never lie.” ― Mitta Xinindlu


Some of the best friendship bonds quotes have a feel-good vibe to them…

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Feel-Good Bonds of Friendship Quotes

58. “We are all the same and we are all different. What great friends we will be.” ― Kelly Moran

59. “Spend time with those who vibrate like you.” ― Bert McCoy

60. “A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” — Donna Roberts

61. “A friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us.” — Henry David Thoreau

62. “You simply cannot do epic things with boring people.” — Unknown

63. “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” ― Charles Lamb

64. “Life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, and the few who stay to help you clean up the mess are the only ones who matter.” — Unknown

65. “Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft

66. “I love that our effortless friendship fits perfectly with my laziness.” — Unknown

67. “I feel good about life, about myself. And it’s hard not to want to be near someone who, just by their very nature, makes you feel that way too.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich


“To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.”

— Bertrand Russell

69. “Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.” ― Robert Brault

70. “The best things in life are unexpected because there were no expectations.” — Eli Khamarov

71. “God made us friends because he knew our parents couldn’t handle us as sisters.” — Unknown

72. “As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part.” ― Auliq Ice

73. “The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.” ― Mary Shelley

74. “Do you have those friends where you can’t even remember how you became friends? You were just suddenly friends.” — Unknown

75. “Forever friends are a treasure chest of understanding and compassion. Cherish them.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree

76. “Being in a relationship, that’s something you choose. Being friends, that’s just something you are.” ― John Green

77. “The better the friend, the less cleaning you do before she comes over.” — Unknown

78. “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

79. “A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.” — Arnold H. Glasgow


Last but not least, here’s a selection of “bonds of friendship quotes”.

Short & Sweet Unexpected Friends Quotes

80. “No friendship is an accident.” ― O. Henry

81. “Friends buy you food. Best friends eat your food.” — Unknown

82. “Friendship is the wine of life.” ― Edward Young

83. “A true friend is the greatest of all blessings.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

84. “Friendship is the only flower that blooms in all seasons.” — Unknown

85. “Some souls just understand each other upon meeting.” — N.R. Hart

86. “If you have a friend, you are privileged.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

87. “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.” — Unknown

88. “The best mirror is an old friend.” ― George Herbert

89. “Love is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”

— Euripides

91. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” — Unknown

92. “True friends are never apart. Maybe in distance but never in heart.” ― Hellen Keller

93. “A life without friends is like a sky without stars.” ― Kevin Ansbro

94. “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” — A.A. Milne

95. “Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.” — Unknown

96. “Friendship happens when the distance between the hearts tends to zero.” ― Amit Ray

97. “The road to a friend’s house is never long.” — Danish proverb

98. “Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life.” — Salman Rushdie

99. “Friendship is the mirror in which you discover yourself.” ― M. Neman

100. “I don’t care how we met, I’m just happy we did.” — Unknown

Remember These Quotes About Bonding With Friends

There’s beauty in friendships old and new, but there’s always something special about the friends you weren’t expecting.

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