Heartfelt Quotes for Saying Farewell

Goodbye Quotes for Friends, Co-Workers, Lovers, and More

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Moving on sometimes becomes inevitable. Whether it is to pursue a new job opportunity, go to school, or care for a loved one, people often relocate. When you move away, it can be challenging to leave your old life behind and say goodbye to friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. Finding the words to express how you feel can be even harder.

Saying goodbye becomes a little easier with the help of quotes from famous writers, artists, and entertainers.

You can borrow some of their tender words and use them in your "saying goodbye" messages, cards, and presents. The words will reverberate in the hearts of your loved ones.

J.M. Barrie

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting."

Alfred Tennyson

"Gone—flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart."

Ernie Harwell

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure."

Trey Parker

"Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it."

Tom Petty

"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."

Genevieve Gorder

"And the relationships that happen become so intense, deep, involved, and complex and really hard to say goodbye to.

The hardest part of the show is saying goodbye when it's all done. It really breaks you."

William Shakespeare

"Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow."

Ann M. Martin

"I wonder how you say goodbye to someone forever?"

Angela Ruggiero

"It feels right. But it's emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you've done that long is hard."

Robert Southey

"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."

Richard Bach

"Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?"

Victor Hugo

"Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. I shall feel it."

George Eliot

"Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love."

Kay Knudsen

"Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart."

Nicholas Sparks

"The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected."

Dr. Seuss

"Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry."

Helen Rowland

"A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it."

Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."

Meredith Willson

"Where is the good in goodbye?"

R.M. Grenon

"Goodbye, goodbye, I hate the word. Solitude has long since turned brown and withered, sitting bitter in my mouth and heavy in my veins."

Jarod Kintz

"Goodbyes, they often come in waves."

Cassandra Clare

"You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all."

A.A. Milne

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

Charles Dickens

"The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again."

Paulo Coelho

"If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello."

Charlie Brown

"Goodbye always makes my throat hurt."

William Cowper

"Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair."

Khalil Gibran

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."

Yann Martel

"It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse."

Alan Alda

"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."

John Gay

"We only part to meet again."

Mahatma Gandhi

"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart."

Helen Keller

"So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good."

Rumi

"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation."

Irish Blessing

"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."

Claudia Adrienne Grandi

"If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden."