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International Friendship Day 2023: Origin, Quotes, and Messages

International Friendship Day has a rich history that dates back to 1958 when it was first proposed by Dr Artemio Bracho, a Paraguayan doctor, and philosopher. Let's celebrate the day with interesting quotes and messages.

Vivek Singh
Representative image for friendship (Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)
Representative image for friendship (Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)

Friendship is a universal language that knows no boundaries, and on International Friendship Day 2023, the world comes together to celebrate the cherished bonds that unite us all. This special day, observed on July 30 each year, reminds us of the importance of friendship in our lives and encourages us to reach out and connect with friends both near and far.

The Origin of International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day has a rich history that dates back to 1958 when it was first proposed by Dr Artemio Bracho, a Paraguayan doctor, and philosopher. Dr Bracho believed that friendship was a vital aspect of humanity and could contribute significantly to world peace and understanding. He saw it as an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to bridge gaps, promote mutual respect, and cultivate empathy.

However, it wasn't until 2011 that the United Nations officially recognized International Friendship Day, further solidifying its importance as a global celebration of human connections.

Quotes For Friendships

  • "True friends are never apart, maybe in distance but never in heart." — Unknown

  • "The best mirror is an old friend." — George Herbert

  • "I don't know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn't 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!" — Reese Witherspoon

  • "I still have friends from primary school. And my two best girlfriends are from secondary school. I don't have to explain anything to them. I don't have to apologize for anything. They know. There's no judgment in any way." — Emma Watson

  • "Remember that life's most valuable antiques are dear old friends." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  • "Life is an ugly, awful place to not have a best friend." — Sarah Dessen

  • "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 don't have to make it official. It just is." — Mindy Kaling

(Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)
(Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)
  • "Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled." — Ally Condie

  • "You don't have to have anything in common with people you've known since you were five. With old friends, you've got your whole life in common." — Lyle Lovett

  • "'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected." — Charles Lamb

Friendships Messages

  • Thank you for being the greatest gift God could have ever blessed me with. Thank you for touching my life and adding new colors to it. Love you, best friend.

  • Thank you, soulmate, for making things bright and beautiful. I cannot even imagine how my life would be without you. Thanks for being my constant. Love you to the moon.

  • You made my life memorable at every point, and I could not have asked for a better best friend. Thank you, bestie. I cannot imagine my life without you! Love you

  • I’m proud of myself because I was given a chance to meet someone like you. Whatever happens, I’ll always treasure you because I know I’ll never have another friend like you.

  • We might not be blood, but we have a twin soul for which you’ll always be my best friend.

  • You were someone I didn’t know before; you were someone I didn’t expect I would get along with. But it turned out you have given me one of the best friendships ever. Thank you.

  • A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down! And if they can’t pick you up, they’ll lay down beside you and listen.

  • Sometimes I forget to say Hi, Sometimes I even miss to reply, sometimes my message doesn’t reach you. But it doesn’t mean that I forget you, I just giving you time to miss me.

  • Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

  • If you open my heart, guess what you are gonna see? It’s you. True friends are hard to find so I kept you.

International Friendship Day is a reminder that despite our differences, we are all connected through the powerful thread of friendship. It is a day to appreciate the bonds we share and to extend the hand of friendship to others, both near and far. By embracing diversity, fostering understanding, and cultivating empathy, we can contribute to a more peaceful and compassionate world.

On this International Friendship Day, let us celebrate the joy of friendship, make new connections, and continue to spread love and kindness, making the world a better place one friendship at a time. Happy International Friendship Day!

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