National Friendship Day falls on the first Sunday of August, and is marked to celebrate the special bond that helps people strive forward.

It is not only a day to rekindle your bonds with your old friends, but also an opportunity to make new friendships.

National Friendship Day was first established by Hallmark in 1919 as a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. However, the celebrations slowly died out.

The United Nations then declared July 30 as International Friendship Day in April 2011. But, most countries continue to celebrate the occasion on the first Sunday of August.

Here are some quotes that will help you to cherish the special bond of friendship, courtesy: Brainy Quote

  1. "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."-Helen Keller
  2. "Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends."-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  3. "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."Walter Winchell
  4. "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."-Albert Schweitzer
  5. "I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun."-Charles R. Swindoll
  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. "The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity."-Ulysses S. Grant
  8. "Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."-Muhammad Ali
  9. "Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing."-Elie Wiesel
  10. "A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably."-William Penn
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