Friendship Day is celebrated across the world on the first Sunday of August every year. This year the day falls on Aug. 1, giving everyone  a chance to honor and cherish the people who are there for you through thick and thin.

Friendship Day was initially created in 1919 as a Hallmark Holiday, according to daysoftheyear.com. These days, it's simply an excuse to hang out with your closest companions and share some good moments.

Here are some heartwarming quotes to celebrate the wonderful bond, sourced from Good Reads and BrainyQuote.

1. "The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when." — Simon Sinek

2. "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." — Muhammad Ali

3. "Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer." — Jean de La Fontaine

4. "You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together." — Sarah Dessen

5. "Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends." — Virginia Woolf

6. "True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing." — Baltasar Gracian

7. "A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." — William Penn

8. “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”- Aristotle

9. “There is nothing I wouldn’t do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; It is not my nature.”- Jane Austen

10. “There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate.”- Linda Grayson

11. "There's no way for them to take away my sadness, but they can make sure I am not empty of all the other feelings." — David Levithan

12. "Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant." — Socrates

13. "My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges." — Helen Keller

14. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”- Dr. Seuss

15. “A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.”- Irish Proverb

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