Everyone needs special people to laugh, share secrets and celebrate life with, but friendships aren’t just about enjoying good times together. Maintaining true friendships is important for physical, emotional and spiritual well being—having good friends also means being one. Let these quotes inspire you to find and cherish meaningful friendships while being a nurturing and loving friend to those around you.
 

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.  – Martin Luther King Jr.

Holding onto anger and resentment drains your energy and prevents you from enjoying happiness in other parts of your life. Use compassion, kindness and generosity to transform a difficult relationship into a positive one. You may end up forming a new bond, but even if you don’t become close you will at least know that you did everything you could to show love.
 

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walk out. – Walter Winchell

It’s easy to be friends when life is easy, but a real friend never allows someone they care about to go through difficulties alone. Whatever hardships the world has in store, true friends stick together and get through them together.
 

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings – Jen de la Bruyere

Everyone has their own unique set of faults, just as we all make mistakes. A true friend has a forgiving heart and can look past the faults to see the very best in each other.
 

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. – Henry David Thoreau

Developing real and lasting friendships means being open and honest with each other. If you only show the best of yourself to constantly try to impress someone, or don’t express your most honest thoughts, the relationship will never develop beyond the surface level. Not only will you prevent yourself form having a true friend, you will rob them of the opportunity to know the real you.
 

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship – Thomas Aquinas

Friendship is one of the best gifts life has to offer. When you find it, hold onto it, nurture it, and value it because a true friendship can bring immense joy throughout all of life’s stages.