Read The Top 25 Shakespeare Friendship Quotes

We’re here for you at NoSweatShakespeare and would like to share our favourite Shakespeare friendship quotes with you. The Shakespeare friendship quotes below are taken from the plays, sonnets and poems (and even one quote from Shakespeare’s grave!). So, without further ado, here are the all time friendship quotes from Shakespeare:

He that is thy friend indeed,
He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep;
If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart
He with thee doth bear a part.
These are certain signs to know
Faithful friend from flattering foe.

The Passionate Pilgrim

A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.

Julius Caesar

Friendship is constant in all things
Save in the office and affairs of love.

Much Ado About Nothing

To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
Recanting goodness, sorry ere ’tis shown;
But where there is true friendship, there needs none.

Timon of Athens

I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you.

The Tempest

There is flattery in friendship.

Henry V

Keep thy friend
Under thy own life’s key.

All’s Well That Ends Well

The band that seems to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler of their amity.

Antony and Cleopatra

To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.

The Winter’s Tale

I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul remembering my good friends.

Richard II

If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; for when did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend?

The Merchant of Venice

I desire you in friendship, and I will one way or other make you amends.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.


Thy friendship makes us fresh.

Henry VI Part 1

That which I would discover
The law of friendship bids me to conceal.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all
To envious and calumniating time.

Troilus and Cressida

Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ath sealed thee for herself.


Most friendship is feigning, most loving is folly

As You Like It

Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find

The Passionate Pilgrim

Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people

Henry VIII

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end

Sonnet 30

Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry


Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To dig the dust enclosed heare.
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones

Shakespeare’s grave

To me fair friend you never can be old

Sonnet 104

Most friendship is faining, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly.
This life is most jolly

As You Like It

What do you think of the above Shakespeare friendship quotes? Let us know – tell us your favorites in the comments section below.  If you’re interested in more Shakespeare quotes check out some other relevant articles such as Shakespeare quotes, Shakespeare soliloquys and Shakespeare monologues

Shakespeare friendship quotes from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, on stage with blue background, face forward with arms around each others shoulders

Shakespeare friendship quotes from Hamlet’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on stage

4 replies
  1. Col retd Zafar Malik
    Col retd Zafar Malik says:

    A good friend is rare commodity and extremely difficult to find. If you have one, you are amongst the richest on planet Earth.

  2. bea scott
    bea scott says:

    Give me that man who is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay, in my very hear of hearts, as I do thee … Hamlet to Horatio., Act 3 scene 2


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