Good Friends vs True Friends

What's the difference between a casual friend or acquaintance and a true friend?  Well there were a few e-mail chains that I've combined here. Do you have "true" friends (family doesn't count!)?

A good friend will tell you what you want to hear.
A true friend will always tell the truth.

A good friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A true friend seeks to help you with your problems.

A good friend will be there for you all through school.
A true friend will be there till the day you die.

A good friend will bail you out of prison.
A true friend will be sitting next to you saying
"damn that was fun!".

A good friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A true friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.

A good friend hates it when you call after they've gone to bed.
A true friend asks you why you took so long to call.

A good friend wonders about your romantic history.
A true friend could blackmail you with it.

A good friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A true friend calls you after you had a fight.

A good friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A true friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself.

A good friend has never seen you cry.
A true friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.

A good friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A true friend has their phone numbers in his address book.

A good friend expects you to always be there for them.
A true friend expects to always be there for you.

A good friend is someone you enjoy hanging out with.
A [true] friend is someone you need. (Neil Diamond, Heartlight)

Comments (68)

  1. Sarah says:

    Excellent! Each true friend in my life is an amazing gift. What inspired this blog,  Noah? Were you thinging of a particular friend? You would certainly fit in the "true" catagory but you wrote that family cant be included and being that you are my older brother, well… I still consider you a true friend. lil sis

  2. RobCaron says:

    A good friend will help you move.

    A true friend will help you move a body. 🙂

  3. Carolin Coad says:

    Very touching, Noah.  I enjoyed this post and already count it as one of your best.  I consider the true friends in my life among my greatest treasures. Of course, I consider my children among the greatest treasures in my life as well.  And that includes you, Noah.  

  4. Sandy says:

    True friends are like balloons; if you let them go you can’t get them back. So, tie your true friends to your heart so you can never lose them.

  5. kandi bier says:

    a good friend will sit by ur side at the pool during that time of the month

    a true friend will throw a tampon at you and push u in the pool

  6. melody says:

    a friend will take your alcohol away when you are drunk but a real friend will say "finish that you know we dont waste"

  7. Julia Napier says:

    Where did you get this good friends vs true friends?

  8. anon. says:

    a good friend goes up to the guy you like and says "will you talk to my friend……"

    a true friend says "heres her number call her tonight, shes home"

  9. anon says:

    A good friend will knock on the door.

    A true friend will walk right in and say "I’M HOME!"

  10. megan says:

    FAKE FRIENDS: Never ask for food

    REAL FRIENDS: are the reason you have no food.

    FAKE FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr/Mrs

    REAL FRIENDS: Call your parents Dad/Mom

    FAKE FRIENDS: bail you out of jail and tell you what you did was wrong.

    REAL FRIENDS: Would sit next to you sayin "Damn … we messed up … but that was fun!"

    FAKE FRIENDS: never seen you cry.

    REAL FRIENDS: cry with you

    FAKE FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.

    REAL FRIENDS: keep your stuff so long they forget its yours.

    FAKE FRIENDS: know a few things about you.

    REAL FRIENDS: Could write a book about you with direct quotes from you.

    FAKE FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that is what the crowd is doing.

    REAL FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds butt that left you.

  11. ron jeremy says:

    a good friend will give you your privacy.

    a true friend will jerk you off.

  12. D Alan says:

    A good friend will pack you an overnight bag when you’re taken to the hospital.

    A true friend will clean out your porn collection before your parents arrive to pack your overnight bag.

  13. kayla says:

    a good friend calls to check your home before going over

    a true friend shows up any time day or nigh , takes over your tv and says "hey ma wats for supper"

  14. sweetz says:

    a good friend always tries to start up a conversation

    a real friend says nothing, and yet talks constantly to your heart

  15. Mauna Gaya says:

    a good friend will come bail you out of jail

    a true friends will be on your side saying "damn we f***ed up

  16. Mauna Gaya says:

    a good friend will come bail you out of jail

    a true friends will be on your side saying "damn we f***ed up

  17. joshieboy says:

    a friend would lend you their umbrella when its raining

    a TRUE friend would take your umbrella and run off shouting "RUN LOSER RUN!"

  18. funky monkey says:

    a friend would ask for some thing to eat

    while aa TRUE friend would open your frig and make them self a sandwhich

  19. funky monkey says:

    a friend feel wierd at your place

    a TRUE friend sit down and feel right at home

  20. shalu says:

    if  true friend is true then why true friend didn’t help you when you need sometime.

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  22. SHALU says:

    Some of the people make friend for their benefit,they use them these type of people didn’t understand the meaning of FRIEND and FRIENDSHIP.

  23. iRecap stars <3 says:

    we have been touched by all the love and passion put into these quotes. every time i read one of these friend quotes it feels like a tiny sun bursts out to warm my heart and fill it with goodnesss and joy <3 these quotes have changed my life forever. thank you.

    p.s. nice quotes

  24. ashlee says:

    a good friend will tell you to get off the ground

    a best friend will sit with you and say hwo much money you recon we could get

  25. JACKIE says:

    is there a difference between true friends and real friends aside from their spelling?

  26. Jimmy K says:

    A true friend will let you dance with your boy friend

    A best friend will yell at your boyfriend saying "BACK OFF SHES MINE LOSER!"

    That ones to you Becca<3

  27. falling says:

    good friend helps you up if you trip, but

    a best friend just stands there laughing beause they tripped y

  28. goma says:

    a good friend will help you stand up when you got crash in a bike, a true friend will tell the whole world about the crazy stuff you did.

    to  a friend who acts like chuck norris after a downhill bike crash.

  29. nicola says:

    that was good i tottally agree with you . my best friend has been there my whol life . r.i.p emma x

  30. nikki x says:

    a fake friend will take you home when you get pissed but a real friend will give you more

  31. xxGabbersxx says:

    A good friend will say you don’t look fat in that jacket, but a best friend would say you look like a whale and go to the store where you bought the jacket, buy one, and take you and wear to SAVE THE WHALE  fundraiser.

  32. Sep says:

    A Good Friend make sure you get home

    A Ture Friend walks you home…

  33. Twin says:

    A good friend stay with you during problems

    a better friend share your problems

    but a best friend will help you tackle everything and beyond.

  34. Jboy says:

    A good friend will lie for you in court if you committed murder.

    A true friend will help you bury the body.

  35. Delaney says:

    Good friends call your parents, Mr and Mrs.

    True friends call your parents Mom and Dad

  36. Lirpa says:

    Enemies stab you in the front

    Friends stab you in the back

    Best friends poke you with bendy straws

  37. Kaetie-lynn says:


    when you cry I cry

    when you trip i trip

    when you smile i smile

    when you jump off a bridge i make sure yer bottems don’t fall off:)

    LoVe Ya JaMiE yOu ArE mY bEsT fRiEnD

  38. lola says:

    we also say:

    You jump off a bridge i get a boat and come save ur dumb a**

  39. hey we are at school reading this blog for english

    we think you should add

    good friends share their unbrella with you on a rainy day

    true friends take yours and say run bitch run



  40. oh yeah also…

    good friends ask for something to eat

    best friends are the reason you have no food



  41. emock says:

    a good friend will ask you why your upset

    a true fried will ask the same question while holding a shovel ready to bury the loser that made you upset

    a best friend will just quietly inform you that its already been dealt with

  42. Nisha bowman says:

    a good friend asks whats wrong

    a true friend asks "who do i need to kill?"

  43. gman says:

    was very interesting Noha,

    I also like the one coment that says, "True freinds are like a balloon…."

  44. tori says:

    a friend laughs and eats with you….

    a good friends laughs her ass off when she sees you chocking on that cracker full of peanut butter!

  45. tori says:

    a friend laughs and eats with you….

    a good friends laughs her ass off when she sees you chocking on that cracker full of peanut butter!

  46. tori says:

    for the peanut butter comment, thats to my best friend torrieee!

    love you torrwhoree!:)

  47. fire says:

    a good friend will cry at your funeral

    a true friend will be in the grave next to yours

    kinda goes with the prison one 🙂

  48. ruhina says:

    many people will walk in & out in ur life but only true friends will leave footprints in ur heart!!

  49. Vidhi says:

    True friend reaches for their friends hand and touches their heart….<3

  50. kenna benna says:

    a good friend will have ur back when a bad person comes

    but a true friend will start beating them up

  51. Cindi says:

    A good friend would calm you down if you were angry

    But a best friend would be walking next to you while carrying a bat saying ohhhhhh somebody gonna get it.

  52. ha says:

    a good friend will take ur alchol when ur drunk

    a true friend friend will say drink up u no we dont waste

  53. @Emeka_bnc says:

    A true friend is one that cares for you before themself

  54. nqasim says:

    A true friend is who do not admire you un-necessay. A true friend can contact me

  55. nqasim says: for true and clean friendship

  56. cc123 says:

    reading this made me think…… im only a gd friend not a true one!! need to change…………………..

  57. Al Capone says:

    A fake friend will turn you over to the cops when you're caught stealing.  A true friend will take the fall for you.

  58. Bugsy Seigel says:

    A fake friend will squeal on you when you cheat the IRS, rob a bank.  A true friend will keep his big trap shut and help you cheat the IRS and help you rob a bank.

  59. Osama bin Laden says:

    An acquaintance will snitch on you to the West if you blow up their buildings and people.  A true friend will blow themselves up in your enemy's compound and lair not only for you but for Allah.  Allah akbar!

  60. leila<3 says:

    this is the true definiton of friendship- Friendship is a form of interpersonal relationship generally considered to be closer than association, although there is a range of degrees of intimacy in both friendships and associations. Friendship and association are often thought of as spanning across the same continuum. The study of friendship is included in the fields of sociology, social psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and zoology. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, among which are social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles.

    Value that is found in friendships is often the result of a friend demonstrating the following on a consistent basis:

    • The tendency to desire what is best for the other

    • Sympathy and empathy

    • Honesty, perhaps in situations where it may be difficult for others to speak the truth, especially in terms of pointing out the perceived faults of one's counterpart

    • Mutual understanding and compassion; ability to go to each other for emotional support

    • Enjoyment of each other's company

    • Trust in one another

    • Positive reciprocity — a relationship is based on equal give-and-take between the two parties.

    • The ability to be oneself, express one's feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgement

    but i dont need all fancy and complicated words to define friendship, all i gotta do is look at what me and my best friend have! love you ells! !!!!

  61. Imari says:

    This is really good advice,especially when you start to doubt friend ship.

  62. umair says:

    can i make friend? if possible then how???

    its my  number   00923344412533… thanks my dear…

  63. logeshwari@sruthika says:

    i have a very good friend in my life

  64. Nouni says:

    Without friends life is pretty hard 😉

  65. udhu says:

    wow wonderful,exellent exactly what i want

  66. choclover says:

    a normal friend will say "cheer up, you're way better than i am" when they know you're bad at it… a best friend will be next to you, panting, saying "beat that sucker".

  67. mathew says:

    a good friend will make u feek at home and keep u acompany and feel u with joy,happy and condition,and can not say a bad thing aginst u.

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