Let these wise and witty quotes inspire one of the most important speeches you’ll ever give. (No pressure!)

By Rebecca Renner
Updated July 08, 2019
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Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words. Luckily, we have hundreds, if not thousands, of years of poetic thoughts at our disposal. When you’re writing your speech, think about what the brotherly love you share with your best friend—or your brother—has done for your lives. Tell a funny story or two, and don’t forget a meaningful quote your audience will remember. Here we’ve collected 17 of great quotes for best man speeches. Let them inspire you to write a speech your best friend and his new spouse will always remember.

1. “We are asleep until we fall in love!”
—Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

2. “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”
—A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

3. “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself....”
―C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

4. “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky.”
―S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now

5. “Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.”
―William Shakespeare, The Passionate Pilgrim

6. “I am glad you are here with me.”
―Frodo to Samwise, The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien

7. “It is love and friendship, the sanctity and celebration of our relationships, that not only support a good life, but create one. Through friendships, we spark and inspire one another’s ambitions.”
—Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

8. “Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.”
―Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

9. “That’s how it goes, kids. The friends, neighbors, drinking buddies, and partners in crime you love so much when you’re young, as the years go by, you just lose touch. You will be shocked when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever. That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.”
—Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother, Season 9, Episode 21

10. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

11. “I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft...”
―Jim Morrison, The Doors, “The Wasp (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)”

12. “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.'”
―Groucho Marx

13. “Like all of my friends, she's a lousy judge of character.”
―David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

14. “If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends. ”
―Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

15. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
―John Lennon, The Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends”

16. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”
―Ralph Waldo Emerson , Essays: First Series

17. “For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother”
―Homer, The Odyssey

18. “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
—Mark Twain

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