A death from a long illness is very different from a sudden death. It gives you time to say goodbye and time to adjust to the idea that the beloved will not be with you anymore.
A goodbye isn’t painful unless you’re never going to say hello again.
A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Adieu! I have too grieved a heart to take a tedious leave.
As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence.
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
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
Being strong sometimes means being able to let go.
But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.
Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
Death’s in the goodbye.
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.
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.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Every goodbye makes the next hello closer.
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Farewell! For in that word that fatal word however We promise, hope, believe there breathes despair.
Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.
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
Goodbye, proud world! I’m going home; Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end. It simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.
Goodbyes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say goodbye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
Goodbyes, they often come in waves.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Here lies my past, Goodbye I have kissed it; Thank you kids, I wouldn’t have missed it.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
I can tell by your tears that you will remember it all.
I really don’t want to say goodbye to any of you people.
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.
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
If you’re brave to say ‘Goodbye’, life will reward you with a ‘Hello’.
I’m torn between what was and what could be.
In the hope to meet Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
It feels right. But it’s emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you’ve done that long is hard.
It is the end of something simple and the beginning of everything else.
It’s all said and done, it’s real, and it’s been fun.
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.
It’s not the goodbyes that hurt, but the flashbacks that follow.
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.
It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Goodbye’.
I’ve got seven kids. The three words you hear most around my house are ‘hello,’ ‘goodbye,’ and I’m pregnant.
Life wouldn’t be the same without you and all the memories you have given me.
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.
Jean Paul Richter
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.
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.
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.
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
Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.
J. M. Barrie
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.
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.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
Henry David Thoreau
Oftentimes we say goodbye to the person we love without wanting to. Though that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped loving them or we’ve stopped to car. Sometimes goodbye is just a painful way to say ‘I love you.’
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell.
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.
A. A. Milne
Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.
Saying goodbye isn’t the hard part, it’s what we leave behind that’s tough.
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.
Sometimes you have to let go of the one you love to find out if there is really something there.
Sometimes you just have to hold your head high, try not to cry, and say goodbye.
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.
That bitter word, which closed all earthly friendships and finished every feast of love farewell!
That money talks I’ll not deny, I heard it once, it said ‘Goodbye’.
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.
The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake.
The good side of goodbye is: I can start a new beginning and create a new better ending.
The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it?
The loss of a friend is like that of a limb. Time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.
The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never explained.
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.
The return makes one love the farewell.
Alfred De Musset
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
The two hardest things to say in life are ‘Hello’ for the first time and ‘Goodbye’ for the last.
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
Ivy Baker Priest
There are no goodbyes, where ever we are, you’ll always be in my heart.
There is no material that is harder than saying goodbye.
There was no question of generation change or saying goodbye to the past or modernizing sloganising.
There’s a kind of release And a kind of torment in every goodbye for every man.
There’s no love without tears, there’s no happiness without sacrifice, and there’s no forever without goodbye.
This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go.
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.
True goodbyes are the ones never said or explained.
Unless one says goodbye to what one loves and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself.
Until this moment, I never understood how hard it was to lose something you never had.
We laughed until we had to cry; we loved right down to our last goodbye; we were the best.
St. Elmo’s Fire
We only part to meet again.
When someone leaves you, let them go, and know that it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It just means that their part in the story of your life is over. Your story goes on.
Where is the ‘good’ in goodbye?
Why are the words goodbye, I’m sorry and I love you, so easily pronounced, but so hard to say?
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 goodbye. I hate goodbyes. 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?
You get used to someone – start to like them, even – and they leave. In the end, everyone leaves.
You know that you are in love when the hardest thing to do is say goodbye!
You never leave someone behind, you take a part of them with you and leave a part of yourself behind.