Together Quotes for friends

Photo: Getty ImagesWhile some friendships can be enriching, edifying, filled with adventure, others are insanely complicated. Any combination of snubs, slights, misunderstandings,

Together Quotes for friends

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While some friendships can be enriching, edifying, filled with adventure, others are insanely complicated. Any combination of snubs, slights, misunderstandings, or betrayals can disrupt the status quo  and a rock-solid bond can seesaw into feelings of exclusion and abandonment.The Cut brings you a roundup of friendship quotes from famous women  from Oprah to Gloria Steinem, J.K. Rowling to Greta Gerwig  on the realities and complexities of a true best friend.

1. Jane Fonda
I think that is one reason why women live longer than men. Friendship between women is different than friendship between men. We talk about different things. We delve deep. We go under, even if we havent seen each other for years. There are hormones that are released from women to other women that are healthy and do away with the stress hormones  Its my women friends that keep starch in my spine and without them, I dont know where I would be. We have to just hang together and help each other.Vanity Fair, January 2015

2. Lena Dunham
I love the friendships that you see in Nancy Meyers movies, but for me, that kind of friendship is elusive. I feel like a lot of the female relationships I see on TV or in movies are in some way free of the kind of jealousy and anxiety and posturing that has been such a huge part of my female friendships, which I hope lessens a little bit with age  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.Interview

3. Zadie Smith
A lot of women, when theyre young, feel they have very good friends, and find later on that friendship is complicated. Its easy to be friends when everyones 18. It gets harder the older you get, as you make different life choices, as people say in America. A lot of womens friendships begin to founder. I was interested in why that was, why its not possible for a woman to see her friend living differently and just think, Oh, she lives differently.PBS NewsHour, October 2012

4. Claire Danes
I do think that women need each other in a way that men might not need each other. I dont want to make any gross claims, but we do have a kind of intimacy. There is almost a kind of romance in female friendship, and I dont know if its the same for men  We have that one friend, and we practice with each other in preadolescence, and then we kind of move on to having a more mature version of that with a man. And then those relationships have to implode before you can kind of meet each other again and renegotiate your friendship as adults.Interview

5. Jemima Kirke
A woman will always be my best friend. Ill never have a best friend who is a man. It just doesnt work that way. So many times young girls will be like, Im a guys girl. And Im like, No, youre not. Theres no way a man can understand you like a woman, and youre a guys girl because youre threatened by other women. I was like that. I was only men. But thats because I felt special around men, and with a woman I can really be put in my place, and Im on the same level as them. Thats the way its changed, is that I love women now, and I didnt before. Because I was scared of them, because they understood me.GQ, April 2012

6. Nora Ephron
The thing with friends when you get older  I mean this is not anything I havent written about  is they cant be replaced. When youre 30, you accumulate friends and you shed friends and you get closer at certain moments to some than others. And you have a huge bench of friends. And then thats just not true.  Salon, November 2010

7. J.K. Rowling
The friends with whom I sat on graduation day have been my friends for life. They are my childrens godparents, the people to whom Ive been able to turn in times of trouble, friends who have been kind enough not to sue me when Ive used their names for Death Eaters. At our graduation we were bound by enormous affection, by our shared experience of a time that could never come again, and, of course, by the knowledge that we held certain photographic evidence that would be exceptionally valuable if any of us ran for prime minister.Harvard Commencement, 2008

8. Tavi Gevinson
Girl hate is not hating someone who happens to be a girl, its hating someone because were told that, as girls, we should hate other girls who are as awesome as or more awesome than ourselves. That there can ever only be ONE cool girl, ONE funny girl, ONE smart girl, etc., in a circle of people  Im close friends with a girl I used to have some serious girl hate for. Recognizing what a wonderful person she is not only made me realize how idiotic I was being before, but it really did make me feel better about myself. Sometimes we can convince ourselves that pointing out flaws in others makes us feel good, but ultimately, those moments of pleasure are fleeting. In the long run, they get you in the habit of looking for flaws in everyone, including yourself.Rookie, September 2011

9. Lisa See
I have a friend that Ive known since high school, and when you have a real close friendship like that  this is someone who has, in a sense, known you your whole life  When you have those kinds of relationships that go back that far, these are people who knew you before youve become a fully formed person. They see you for your essence, they see you as you were at that young age, purely yourself without having fully developed into an actual person  They knew you before you became successful or a failure, or whatever  I think sometimes as an adult, you take people for what they do, and what they are now, instead of the whole picture of their lives. But the old friends who have known me forever, they know that part.the Huffington Post, July 2011

10. Greta Gerwig
In college and right after college, theres this sense that your friends are your family. Its really painful in your late twenties when you realize that theyre not your family, and theyre going to make their own families.Village Voice, May 2013

11. Colette McBeth
In adolescence when everyone is a riot of hormones and insecurities a group of close girlfriends is fertile breeding ground for resentments, unspoken competition, simmering jealousies. Your best friend can send your spirits soaring one moment and crush you with a word or gesture the next. She can do this in a way no one else can because she knows what buttons to press and boy does she push them. Like an itch you cant scratch she has a way of getting under your skin  What I realise now in hindsight is that there is a natural ebb and flow to friendships. There are times you think theres nothing left between you, that youve hit the bottom, but the special ones survive, find ways of restoring themselves.the Telegraph, July 2013

12. Margaret Cho
In comedy, its such a male-dominated field  theres not enough women to support each others work and so theres so many fewer of us. I think because of that that female comics have a really intense, close friendship with each other. And sometimes intense rivalries between each other because there is a feeling that there is not enough of us or that if you acknowledge another womans success, your success is unexceptional. Its a weird thing when you are a minority, all of the in-fighting that happens.Big Think

13. Sarah Jessica Parker
I think so much reality television  and the women that dominate culture today  are pretty unfriendly towards one another. They use language thats really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other women in Sex and the City were really nice to each other  [Carrie] was a really good friend. Thats why they can forgive those very apparent flaws and [selfishness]. She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection. I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and were not always the very best friends we can be. Harpers Bazaar U.K., April 2014

14. Emma Watson
I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I dont have to explain anything to them. I dont have to apologize for anything. They know. Theres no judgment in any way. Seventeen, August 2011

15. Mindy Kaling
One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you dont have to make it official. It just is.Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, September 2012

16. Chelsea Handler
No man is capable of being your best friend  A best friend is someone who goes to get their nails done with you. Cosmo, February 2011

17. Oprah Winfrey
If friends disappoint you over and over, thats in large part your own fault. Once someone has shown a tendency to be self-centered, you need to recognize that and take care of yourself; people arent going to change simply because you want them to.Business Insider

18. Roxane Gay
Abandon the cultural myth that all female friendships must be bitchy, toxic, or competitive. This myth is like heels and purses  pretty but designed to SLOW women down. Bad Feminist, August 2014

19. Zooey Deschanel
It makes me sad [when girls are bitchy]. Girls get competitive, as though theres only one spot in the world for everything but thats not true. We need to stick together and see theres more to life than pleasing men. Its important not to cut yourself off from female friendships. I think sometimes girls get scared of other girls, but you need each other.Cosmo U.K., July 2012

20. Reese Witherspoon
I dont know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadnt had my girlfriends. They have literally gotten me up out of bed, taken my clothes off, put me in the shower, dressed me, said, Hey, you can do this, put my high heels on and pushed me out the door!In Touch, April 2013

21. Keira Knightley
Well, female friendships are fucking extraordinary. They dont have to be sexual to be intense love affairs. A breakup with a female friend can be more traumatic than a breakup with a lover.The Advocate, July 2014

22. Anne Hathaway
I do believe that female friends can be worse to each other than male friends, simply because, for whatever reason, women have a stronger emotional language. Were encouraged more to use that  We talk about what were feeling about deep things. Maybe theyre not even particularly deep, in the grand scheme of things, but theyre things that matter to us. So, when you give someone that power, youre showing them where your buttons are. If you pick wrong, and someone turns around and short-circuits those buttons, I think it hurts more.Collider, January 2009

23. Gloria Steinem
Women understand. We may share experiences, make jokes, paint pictures, and describe humiliations that mean nothing to men, but women understand. The odd thing about these deep and personal connections of women is that they often ignore barriers of age, economics, worldly experience, race, culture  all the barriers that, in male or mixed society, had seemed so difficult to cross.New York Magazine, December 1971

24. Kate Hudson
We had this bridal shower for my sister-in-law, and my mom made this speech, and she said, I want all the girls to look around the room and, even if you dont know each other, even if youre just getting to know each other, or even if its your sister, I want you to remember one thing: trust me. Men, they come and go. They always will. Hopefully, they stay. But, its the girl thats sitting next to you, or the girl thats sitting across from you, thats going to get you through everything.  Thats really important  that idea of not losing sight, no matter where you go in your life with men, because women give a lot to men. We love relationships. We thrive in them, as we should. But, sometimes, you lose sight of the girls that are there for you, all the time, which we shouldnt hold against any of our friends. I have a girlfriend right now, whos off and running with somebody, but were always there [for each other]. When shes ready to pick up the phone and go, I dont know what to do, were all there.Collider, January 2009

25. Elissa Schappell
We certainly bond with each other in times of crisis or these times when we go through these big touchstone moments  and when we bond, in those really important, pivotal, transitional moments in our lives, were really vulnerable and therefore we give each other an awful lot of information about ourselves. And therefore we make ourselves uniquely equipped to really damage each other. We know where each others soft spots are.Forbes, April 2012

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