Farewell Sayings and Quotes

It’s hard to say goodbye, especially to those we care about. Don’t think of parting ways as the end, but rather the start to a new beginning or journey. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful farewell quotes.

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
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
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. Rumi
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Khalil Gibran
Shake hands with today; it is here already. Bid farewell to yesterday; it's gone already. Never let yesterday's pain rob you of today's gains. Drive yourself positively! Israelmore Ayivor
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. Tryon Edwards
That bitter word, which closed all earthly friendships and finished every feast of love farewell! Robert Pollok
It's always difficult to say goodbye, especially when one has spent a long time—literally years, in the case of a series—inside a character or two, suffering and celebrating with them. Lilith Saintcrow
Farewell, they cried, 'Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!' That is the polite thing to say among eagles. J.R.R. Tolkien
It's been an incredible ride. Mission accomplished. With that, I have to bid farewell. I'm the happiest person in the world right now. It's better than I ever thought it would be. Jerome Bettis
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
Not for everyone a darkest night is bid farewell by a bright sunrise. Saud khan
There should have been a better farewell. But in the end, there never is. And we take what meagre scraps we can find. Richard K. Morgan
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
Forever, and forever, farewell, Cassius! If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well made. William Shakespeare
Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you've had, what you've lost, and what you've taken for granted. Ritu Ghatourey
We need to say goodbye to the traditional methodologies of corporate universities. Marcus Buckingham
A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it. Helen Rowland
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Nicholas Sparks
When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff: Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don't forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything. H. L. Mencken
Nothing hurts like a hostile farewell. Regina Jennings
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan
We will put no impediment in your way and we will be at dockside bidding you a farewell as you set off into the sunset. Charles Lichenstein
Painful though parting be, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds. Emperor Saga
Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future. John Steinbeck
Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it. Trey Parker
Every farewell combines loss and new freedom. Mason Cooley
If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Paulo Coelho
Farewell all relations and friends in Christ; farewell acquaintances and all earthly enjoyments; farewell reading and preaching, praying and believing, wanderings, reproaches, and sufferings. Donald Cargill
We'll meet again, Don't know where,don't know when, But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day. Vera Lynn
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
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. George Eliot
Gone—flitted away, taken the stars from the night and the sun from the day! Gone, and a cloud in my heart. Alfred Tennyson
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
It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. Ernie Harwell
The return makes one love the farewell. Alfred De Musset
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
Farewell is a beautiful and a soft word and yet it is a horrible and a heavy thing too! Mehmet Murat ildan
Farewell, my sister, fare thee well. The elements be kind to thee, and make thy spirits all of comfort: fare thee well. William Shakespeare
Farewell, my great one, my own, farewell, my pride, farewell, my swift, deep, dear river, how I loved your daylong splashing, how I loved to plunge into your cold waves. Boris Pasternak
A farewell to my shadow is not my death; it's my rebirth in darkness. Munia Khan
Farewell, dearest friend, never to see one another any more till at the right hand of Christ. Donald Cargill
Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been—A sound which makes us linger; yet—farewell! Lord Byron
While conscience is our friend, all is at peace;however once it is offended,farewell to a tranquil mind. Mary Wortley Montagu
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. Tom Petty
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Paul
The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. Moira Rogers
Farewell, fair cruelty. William Shakespeare
Fare thee well! and if for ever, still for ever, fare thee well. Lord Byron
Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again. William Shakespeare
I'll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell. Haruki Murakami
Farewell is a word that,in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing. Kate Dicamillo
Farewell is a father's good-by. It is - 'Go out in the world and do well, my son.' It is encouragement and admonition. It is hope and faith. But it passes over the significance of the moment; of parting it says nothing. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Farewell! Dearest and most beloved of men_whatever may be my fate_be happiness yours! Once more, my lingering, foreboding heart, repeats farewell. Mary Hays
Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you. It was but yesterday we met in a dream. Kahlil Gibran
You yearn to stay in this in-between place, where the beauty of the times you have freshly bade farewell to is still alive and vivid in your mind – almost real – and the reality of your new circumstances has yet to fully sink in. Agnes Chew
There was something unfinished about not saying farewell, like a door left open in the chill night. Julie C. Dao
For me, the times I always regret are missed opportunities to say farewell to good people, to wish them long life and say to them in all sincerity. Kevin Hearne
This time, I want the hugs, kisses, and love that comes with a farewell … even if it’s a temporary one. J. B. Mcgee
Farewell!-God knows when we shall meet again. William Shakespeare
Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting. J.M. Barrie
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. Maybe they always have been and will be. Maybe we've lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we've found each other. And maybe each time, we've been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come. Nicholas Sparks
I still cannot understand how he could abandon me so unceremoniously, without any sort of goodbye, without looking back even once. The pain is like an axe that chops my heart. Yann Martel
I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Colleen Hoover
Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained. Jonathan Harnisch
This is a long goodbye, yet not time enough. I have no aptitude for this. I cannot learn this. I would hold on, and hold on, until my hands clutch at emptiness. Juliet Marillier
Saying goodbye is a little like dying. Marjane Satrapi
It's the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: 'Good-bye. Kurt Vonnegut
I know too well how good-bye can steal more than just the future. Talia Vance
It's hard to say goodbye for good at any time or any place. Cornell Woolrich
Goodbyes are hard because now all I will have Is a beloved, but incomplete form of you. Karl Kristian Flores
We want to control our deaths, our goodbye to the world, and if we can't control is, we can at least control how we leave it behind. Cecelia Ahern
The best kind of goodbye is the kind where you don’t actually have to leave the person behind. Dan Gemeinhart
An honest goodbye is one that does not seek excuses or reasons, or explanations of any kind. Roger Housden
On any day no goodbye is forever. Dahi Tamara Koch
It’s so difficult to say goodbye because, really, we’ve only just said hello. Margaret McMullan
Don’t let the goodbye scare you from starting what could be the best story of your life. Dawn Lanuza