Your closest friend is getting married—how can you sum up a lifetime of friendship and how much she means to you in just a few minutes? These quotes will help you out.

By Rebecca Renner
Updated: July 05, 2019
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When your best friend or sister is getting married and you're the maid of honor, you’ll already have a lot of responsibilities. Some maids of honor plan the bachelorette party, others step into wedding planner mode and help the big day run smoothly. Whatever your duties are for the main event, you’ll still need to make a maid of honor toast.

You’ll want to make it something memorable and meaningful, just like your friendship, so no ordinary words will do. Find inspiration for your maid of honor speech in both memories and in things you both love, including your favorite books and movies. To help jumpstart your toast-writing, we’ve compiled this list of quotes about both friendship and love, perfect for a heartfelt maid of honor speech.

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1. “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

2. “We made a deal ages ago. Men, babies, it doesn’t matter…We’re soulmates.”
—Samantha, Sex and the City

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

4. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”
—Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

5. “The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.”
—Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

6. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
―Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

7. “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

8. “We’re sisters; you’re my family. What is you, is me. There’s nothing that you could ever say to make me let go.”
—Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl 

9. “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
―Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

10. “True friends are like diamonds—bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”
―Nicole Richie 

11. “When you feel someone else's pain and joy as powerfully as if it were your own, then you know you really loved them.”
―Ann Brashares, Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

12. “Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”
—Misty Copeland

13. “The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.”
—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

14. “When I say it’s you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
—Fred Rogers

15. “I'll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour) 
I'll be there for you (Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you ('Cause you're there for me too)”
—The Rembrants, “I’ll Be There for You,” (aka the theme song from Friends)

16. “Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
—John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

17. “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
―Aristotle

18. “True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”
―L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Whatever quotes or anecdotes you use to inspire or include in your wedding toast, remember to end the speech with an actual toast. Raise your glass and say some personalized version of: "To my best friend in the whole world and her new spouse—may your life always be filled with love, laughter, and light. I love you both. Cheers!"

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