A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it. ~Helen Rowland
Let’s not unman each other — part at once;
All farewells should be sudden, when forever,
Else they make an eternity of moments,
And clog the last sad sands of life with tears.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. ~Theodor Seuss Geisel, attributed
For in that word—that fatal word—howe’er
We promise—hope—believe—there breathes despair.
Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it’s one day further from the last time you saw each other, it’s one day closer to the next time you will. ~Author Unknown
Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been—
A sound which makes us linger;—yet—farewell!
Can miles truly separate you from friends…. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? ~Richard Bach
May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
A goodbye isn’t painful unless you’re never going to say hello again. ~Author Unknown
Where’er I roam, whatever realms to see,
My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee;
Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
~Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller
The best things said come last. People will talk for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words that come with a rush from the heart. ~Alan Alda
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. ~William Shakespeare
One kind kiss before we part,
Drop a tear, and bid adieu;
Though we sever, my fond heart
Till we meet shall pant for you.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. ~Lazurus Long
As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence. ~Alcibiades
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
Distance of time and place generally cure what they seem to aggravate; and taking leave of our friends resembles taking leave of the world, of which it has been said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible. ~Henry Fielding
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. ~George Eliot
Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring,
Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing,
Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove,
Say, is not absence death to those who love?
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. ~Henry David Thoreau
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. ~Garrison Keillor
Fare thee well! and if for ever,
Still for ever, fare thee well.
If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi
For things that don’t exist; I mean beginnings.
Ends and beginnings — there are no such things.
There are only middles.
~Robert Frost, Mountain Interval, “In the Home Stretch”
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment. ~George Lansdowne
Farewell, my sister, fare thee well.
The elements be kind to thee, and make
Thy spirits all of comfort: fare thee well.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. ~Gilda Radner
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
But fate ordains that dearest friends must part. ~Edward Young
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age. ~John Dryden
So sweetly she bade me adieu,
I thought that she bade me return.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault
In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
Not to understand a treasure’s worth till time has stole away the slighted good, is cause of half the poverty we feel, and makes the world the wilderness it is. ~William Cowper
You and I will meet again
When we’re least expecting it
One day in some far off place
I will recognize your face
I won’t say goodbye my friend
For you and I will meet again
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life. ~Jean Paul Richter
She went her unremembering way,
She went and left in me
The pang of all the partings gone,
And partings yet to be.
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell. ~Jean Paul Richter
What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
~Frances Anne Kemble
The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it? ~Nicholas Rowe
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.
Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again. ~Elizabeth Bowen
Excuse me, then! you know my heart;
But dearest friends, alas! must part.
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. ~Robert Southey
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you
Until we meet again!
A chord, stronger or weaker, is snapped asunder in every parting, and time’s busy fingers are not practiced in re-splicing broken ties. Meet again you may; will it be in the same way? With the same sympathies? With the same sentiments? Will the souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream? Rarely, rarely! ~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. ~Washington Irving
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. ~Tryon Edwards
Gone — flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
We only part to meet again. ~John Gay
May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door. ~Irish Toast
Where is the good in goodbye? ~Meredith Willson, The Music Man (Thanks, Thomas)
That bitter word, which closed all earthly friendships and finished every feast of love farewell! ~Robert Pollok
The return makes one love the farewell. ~Alfred De Musset
Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave. ~A.A. Milne
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. ~William Cowper
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. ~Irish Blessing
As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death. ~Anna Brownell Jameson
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn, Forever, © Flavia.com
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart. ~Kay Knudsen
Adieu! I have too grieved a heart to take a tedious leave. ~William Shakespeare
Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach
Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. ~Charles M. Schulz
Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? ~Author Unknown
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. ~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
Goodbye, goodbye, I hate the word. Solitude has long since turned brown and withered, sitting bitter in my mouth and heavy in my veins. ~R.M. Grenon
If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me? ~Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant, “Free Bird,” One More From the Road, 1973, performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~Khalil Gibran
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest
Painful though parting be, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds. ~Emperor Saga