200+ Emotional Goodbye Quotes For Friends Who Are Leaving

We say goodbye to bid farewell to our loved ones to give them a ray of hope and make them feel assured. So, instead of a boring goodbye message, you can pick heart-warming goodbye quotes for friends and family from our collection. Goodbyes are not easy for everyone, and while bidding adieu, you experience mixed feelings owing to uncertainty about meeting the person again. You could be anxious, nervous, and even happy that they are going to a better place. So, send an emotional goodbye message to friends with a positive note so that they don’t forget you and be eager to meet you again.

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Goodbye Quotes For Friends

Friends may move to another city or country, bid a sweet goodbye using these unique goodbye quotes from famous personalities.

  1. “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
  2. “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ―E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
  3. “How lucky I am to have known somebody and something that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.” —Evans G. Valens, The Other Side of the Mountain
  4. “We will meet again, when we’re not expecting it, until a lucky day brings us face to face in a far off place, you will recognize my face, I won’t say goodbye, as we have shared a forever memory together.” ―Unknown
  5. “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” ―Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
  6. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” ―J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
  7. “Goodbyes are temporary, and they mean that I’ll miss till our next meeting.” ―Unknown
  8. “Yesterday was a memorable day; tomorrow brings a new day full of surprises and somewhere in the middle we became a couple. So no goodbyes!”―Unknown
  9. “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” ―Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  10. Good friends never believe in goodbye. They wave you by saying, “See you soon.” ―Unknown
  11. “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.” ―Jimi Hendrix
  12. “You never really leave the place you love. You take part of it with you and leave part of you there.” ―Unknown
  13. “We laughed until we had to cry, we loved right down to our last goodbye, and we were the best.” ―David Foster
  14. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”―Helen Keller
  15. “There may be distance of miles between us, we are never far from each other, for friendship doesn’t count miles, it’s measured by the feelings of the heart.” ―Unknown
  16. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”―Henry David Thoreau
  17. “Goodbye is just a greeting to someone whom you want to meet again.” ―Unknown
  18. “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
  19. True friends never say goodbye, they take random leaves from each other.” ―Unknown
  20. “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
  21. “Goodbyes, they often come in waves.” — Jarod Kintz, $3.33
  22. “Though miles may lie between us, we are never far apart, for friendship doesn’t count miles, it’s measured by the heart.” — Unknown
  23. “Wherever you may go, Wherever you may have been, Saying goodbye is fine if you say hello again.” — John Walter Bratton
  24. “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” — Garrison Keillor, Good Poems
  25. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” — Paulo Coelho
  26. “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” — Confucius
    1. “And whether we shall meet again I know not.

Therefore our everlasting farewell take:
For ever, and for ever, farewell, [trustees]!
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why then, this parting was well made.” — William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

  1. “I have to say goodbye to you now but always keep in mind that we will meet again soon. You will always be in my heart!” — Anonymous
  2. “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” — Pascal Mercie, Night Train to Lisbon
  3. “To part is the lot of all mankind. The world is a scene of constant leave-taking, and the hands that grasp in cordial greeting today, are doomed ere long to unite for the last time when the quivering lips pronounce the word – Farewell.” — R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island
  4. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — Clarence the angel, It’s a Wonderful Life
  5. “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.”— Richard Wilbur, Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences
  7. “We may have to part ways for now, but I know the love and care in our hearts will help us go the distance.” — Anonymous
  8. “There are far better things ahead than we ever leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis
  9. “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  10. “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” — Tim McGraw
  11. “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” — T.S. Eliot
  12. “Life may take us down different paths for a while, but our friendship is a compass that will always guide us back to each other.”
  13. “Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.”— Hitch, Hitch
  14. “You have not just been a friend to me, you have been a family, a home, a shoulder to cry on. I’ll miss you! Goodbye and good luck!” – Anonymous
  15. “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” – Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  16. “You get a strange feeling when you leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.” – Azar Nafasi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
  17. “Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, though somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends.” – Anonymous

Saying Goodbye Quotes To Someone You Love

This is not a goodbye

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Love sees no distance when felt with true heart. Sometimes, lovers part ways for the happiness of the partner. So, here are some goodbye quotes for someone you love true.

  1. The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” ―Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickelby
  2. “Love will stop you from saying ciao as your heart is not ready to part away.” ―Unknown
  3. “Saying goodbye is the hardest solution to any problem. But sometimes it’s the only choice we have…” ―Anurag Prakash Ray
  4. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” ―Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.” ―Vera Lynn
  6. “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” ―Kiera Cass, The Elite
  7. “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” ―Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle
  8. “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
  9. “It’s okay if we’re not together, I’m happy that you were a part of me.” ―Unknown
  10. “Don’t cry because it’s over! Smile because they have been!” ―Ludwig Jacobowski
  11. “You had me at hello, goodbye and everything in between.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  12. “I have learned along my journey that letting go doesn’t mean loving less.” ―Unknown
  13. “Because at some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life, and this is my way of keeping you in my heart.” ―Sandi Lynn, Forever Black
  14. “I don’t think that I could ever say goodbye to you… Not even if you said it to me.” ― Jaimie Roberts, Scars
  15. “No one can be a replacement for another person. That is why farewells are always difficult.” — Matsuri Hino, Vampire Knight Vol. 1
  16. “It is almost impossible to orchestrate the farewell you desire. That is something only a few people manage to do.” — Edwin van der Sar
  17. “Why does it take a minute to say hello and a century to always say goodbye?” — Unknown
  18. “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
  19. “But, reader, there is no comfort in the word ‘farewell,’ even if you say it in French. ‘Farewell’ is a word that, in any language, is full of sorrow. It is a word that promises absolutely nothing.”— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
  20. “Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.”— Jeanette Nolan
  21. “Never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave” — A. A. Milne
  22. “Adieu! I have too grieved a heart to take a tedious leave.”— William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
  23. “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
  24. “It always is harder to be left behind than the one who leaves.” — Tamara Ireland Stone, Time After Time
  25. “The pain of a hard good-bye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love.” — Beth Moore, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus
  26. “Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
  27. “We only part to meet again.” — John Gay
  28. “We may not know what each day has in store for us. We could be gone tomorrow. Any minute could be our goodbye. But we do have this moment. This time. Today. Right now. It takes way more effort to shell out hate than it does to allow love to flow freely in our lives. After all, it is what we were born to do.” — Grace Gealey
  29. “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” — R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  30. “You should never have to say hello or goodbye. Even at work sometimes, and I know this is very unpopular, is that if I’m going to work every single day, I don’t think you should have to hug people and say hello every single day when you come to work.” — Mindy Kaling
  31. “Like flowers scattered in a storm, a man’s life is a long farewell.” — Haruki Murakami,Kafka on the Shore
  32. “Parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.” — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  1. “How do you keep the past behind when it keeps finding ways to get to your heart? It reaches way down deep and tears you inside out till you’re torn apart.” —Jonathan Larson
  2. “I don’t know how you say goodbye to whom and what you love. I don’t know a painless way to do it, don’t know the words to capture a heart so full and a longing so intense.” — Laura Wiess,How It Ends
  3. “Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.” —Tryon Edwards
  4. “Goodbye is only painful if you know you’ll never say hello again.” — Unknown
  5. “Every goodbye makes you one step closer to the next hello.” — Unknown
  6. “It’s hard to say goodbye to the streets. It’s all how you do it. You can pass by and say, ‘What’s happening?’ and keep it moving, but it’s a certain element that’ll never be able to roll with you once you get to this level, because that’s the separation of it all.” — Snoop Dogg

Goodbye Quotes For Him

I guess that is a part of growing up.

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He’s your heart, so saying goodbye to him could be difficult. If you feel short of words, choose an au revoir quote to express your feelings.

  1. “A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.” ―Helen Rowland
  2. “It hurts me to say goodbye to you, my love, I will take solace in the fact that tomorrow is another day and until then I will hold on to thoughts of you to keep my heart warm.” — Stella Nwagbogwu
  3. “‘What was it like to lose him?’ Asked Sorrow. There was a long pause before I responded: ‘It was like hearing every goodbye ever said to me — said all at once.’” — Lang Leav
  4. “The way I loved you, it’s a damn shame, wishing you were right here by my side, but you’ll always know where to find me.” — Taylor Swift
  5. “It takes a second to say hi and always to wave goodbye.” ―Unknown
  6. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.” ―Trey Parker
  7. “A gentlemen will never have goodbye in his dictionary; all he knows is about respecting his lady.” —Unknown
  8. “I guess that’s part of growing up, too—saying good-bye to the things you used to love.” —Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean
  9. “We had a beautiful magic love there. What a sad, beautiful, tragic love affair.” – Taylor Swift
  10. “I hate the moment when you have to say farewell to someone you always wanted to spend some more time with.” ―Unknown
  11. “From all my dreams where you felt everlasting to all my clothes your words used to wear, to the old end, to the new beginning, you have lost me everywhere.” ― Khadija Rupa,Unexpressed Feelings
  12. “It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you, wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine.”— Taylor Swift
  13. “Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” — Richard Bach
  14. “The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” ―Moira Rogers
  15. “And you call me up again just to break me like a promise, so casually cruel in the name of being honest.”— Taylor Swift
  16. “But on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again.”— Taylor Swift
  1. “So for now, I say goodbye to this chapter of my life, and I look forward to what comes next.” — Unknown
  2. “Before you leave me again, tell me, so I can let you know if I’m ready to watch you go…” ― Donna M. Zadunajsky
  3. “I don’t wanna say goodbye, but sometimes things don’t go as we’d like.”— Eminem
  4. “True friends don’t say goodbye; they just take extended leaves of absence from each other.” — Unknown
  5. “It’s bittersweet to say goodbye.” — Olivia Rodrigo

Goodbye Quotes For Her

Saying goodbye is so hard

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She brightened your world with her love and care. Now when it’s time to choose different paths, say goodbye by using a special quote.

  1. Moving onis a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” ―Dave Mustaine
  2. “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” ―George Eliot
  3. “The return makes one love the farewell.” ―Alfred de Musset
  4. “No more words. We know them all, all the words that should not be said. But you have made my world more perfect.”―Terry Pratchett, Nation
  5. “I didn’t know how to say goodbye. Words were stupid. They said so little. Yet they opened up holes you could fall into and never climb out of again.” — Ann Rinaldi, A Stitch in Time
  6. “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” ―Nicholas Sparks,The Notebook
  7. “Saying goodbye is so hard, my sweetheart, it is a goodbye to myself.” ―Unknown
  8. “Goodbye is the difficult thing to say to someone who means the world to you, especially when you don’t want to say goodbye.” ―Unknown
  9. “My breaking heart and I agree, that you and I could never be, so with my best… my very best, I set you free” ― Rachel Yamagata
  10. “Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.” ―Jean Paul Richter
  11. “I don’t want to let you go, but I know you will be great without us right there by your side.” —Unknown

Funny Goodbye Quotes

Be it family members, friends, or partners, saying goodbye doesn’t need courage. Sometimes, you need to be funny at a serious moment and bid farewell with a funny goodbye quote. So, go ahead and add some humor to your goodbyes while still wishing the best wishes for the future.

  1. “Don’t ever tell anyone anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” ―J.D. Salinger,The Catcher in the Rye
  2. “Bye Felicia!” ―Ice Cube, Friday
  3. “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest thing in the world.” ―John Green,Paper Towns
  4. “I’ll see you in another life. When we are both cats.” ―Tom Cruise,Vanilla Sky
  5. “I make it easier for people to leave by making them hate me a little.” ―Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow
  6. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” ―Oscar Wilde,The Duchess of Padua
  7. “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” ―Charlie Brown, Peanuts
  8. “See you later, alligator.” ― Bobby Charles
  9. “Goodie Bye, WoodieBie, Hoodie Bee!”―Unknown
  10. “I’m floating. I’m flowing. I’m loving, but I’m going.” ―Dominic Riccitello
  11. “Saying goodbye didn’t meant I will never see you again. It was a temporary goodbye.” ―Unknown
  12. “So long, and thanks for all the fish!” ―Douglas Adams
  13. “Goodbye, stay happy, I won’t miss youany more sticky gum.” ―Unknown
  14. “Never ever say goodbye to the people you want to maintain longer relationship. Sometimes a goodbye can destroy the relation in few minutes.” ―Unknown
  15. “Goodbye, Vietnam! That’s right, I’m history, I’m outta here, I got the lucky ticket home, baby.” ― Robin Williams,Good Morning Vietnam
  16. “It wise to say goodbye to a relation that hurts rather suffering in wrong company for lifetime.”―Unknown
  17. “I will miss you till you come back but I hope you will return back with awesome gifts. Bon voyage.” ―Unknown
  18. “When I am brave enough to say goodbye I’ll use the wings you gave me and away I’ll fly.” ―Celia McMahon
  19. I hate when things are over and there’s still a lot to come.” —Unknown
  20. “Memorial Service: Farewell party for someone who’s already left.” — Robert Byrne
  21. “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” — Andy Bernard,The Office
  22. “Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” — A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  23. “Goodbye, everyone. I’ll remember you all in therapy.” — Plankton,SpongeBob SquarePants
  24. “I don’t wanna say goodbye, ‘cause this one means forever.” — Benson Boone
  25. “Don’t worry, it’s just a ‘see you later, alligator’ situation.” — Bill Haley and His Comets
  26. “Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again – or until you text me.” — Unknown
  27. “Leaving is like getting a drink of water in the middle of the night. You turn off the lights, and you can’t find your bed.” —Unknown

Goodbye Quotes For Family

Goodbye does not mean the end

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Family is the reason for your overall development. Without family members, life seems empty. So, express the feeling of moving away by choosing a meaningful goodbye quote, whether it’s saying sayonara or expressing your heartfelt gratitude.

  1. “Goodbye doesn’t mean the end. It only means that I will return or see you some other time. Take the sky, for example, the sun tells the sky goodbye when it gets dark only to return the next day once it is bright.” —Unknown
  2. “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
  3. “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”―Wendy Wunder, The Probability of Miracles
  4. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” ―Paulo Coelho
  5. “It’s sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye.” ―Carrie Underwood
  6. “I can’t remember all the times I told myself to hold on to these moments as they pass.” ―Counting Crows
  7. “It’s not the days in life we remember, rather the moments.” ―Cesare Pavese
  8. “Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. We’ll take the best, forget the rest, and someday will find that these are the best of times.” ―Styx
  9. “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
  10. “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” ―Anatole France,The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
  11. “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
  12. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — Winnie the Pooh.

Sad Good-Bye Quotes

Goodbye is the saddest word.

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  1. “I’m ready to say goodbye, but I’m not ready to hear it from you.” — Unknown
  2. “The last day is way shorter than counting to ten.” — Leena Ahmad Almashat,Harmony Letters
  3. “Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-bye is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.” — John Steinbeck,The Winter of Our Discontent
  4. “There’s nothing good about goodnight when it means goodbye.” — Jeff Thomas
  5. “At the end of the day I have always seen the end of my relationshipsas a personal failure. There is nothing ever pretty in saying goodbye.” — Elisabetta Canalis
  6. “Sometimes a goodbye is forever and you would never again get the chance to see that person again. Tragic, but it’s a real truth.” —Unknown
  7. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Seneca
  8. “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  9. “Tears in my eyes, feelings of separation in my heart, it’s a sad goodbye.” —Unknown
  10. “Saying goodbye is a little like dying.” —Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
  11. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” —Jonathan Harnisch, Freak
  12. “It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Good-bye.’” ―Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard
  13. “Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.” —William Cowper
  14. “Goodbye is the saddest word I ever heard, goodbye is the last time I will hold you near.” —Celine Dion
  15. “A ‘hello again’ after the final goodbye is sometimes harder than just keeping the goodbye as it was.”—Jessiqua Wittman, A Memoir of Love
  16. “Anyone with a heart, a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand the basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we will see that person again, or perhaps knowing that we will not.” —Luanne Rice
  17. “We have already said more goodbyes than are necessary. Those were goodbyes that brought about the end of partings. We taught each other that no parting is possible.” — Donna Goddard, Waldmeer
  18. “Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful.” — Beau Taplin
  19. “The easiest way to find out how you feel about someone. Say goodbye.” — Phil Knight,Shoe Dog
  20. “For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.” — Donna Gable Hatch
  21. “You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” — Frederick Buechner
  22. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller
  23. “Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise.”— Marcus Aurelius, A Little Book of Selected Quotes on Life, Philosophy, and Stoicism
  24. “Saying goodbye feels hard, for sure, but I am confident that it is a door through which we walk to bring us to another good chapter in our story together.” — Unknown
  25. “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. Schultz
  26. “Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.” — Unknown
  27. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we are apart, I’ll always be with you.” — Carter Crocker, Disney’s Pooh’s Grand Adventure The Search for Christopher Robin
  28. “I’ve learned that goodbyes will always hurt, pictures will never replace having been there, memories good and bad will bring tears, and words can never replace feelings.” — Unknown
  29. “There was something unfinished about not saying farewell, like a door left open in the chill night.” — Julie C. Dao, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
  30. “I’ve been in the same place for 10 years and having to say goodbye and clean out the locker is the toughest part.” — Roy Oswalt
  31. “Being able to say goodbye is a sign of growth.” — Gustavo Cerati
  32. “Sometimes you have to say goodbye to the things you know and hello to the things you don’t.” — Boon Hogganbeck, The Reivers
  33. “If you never stop when you wave goodbye you just might find, if you give it time, you will wave hello again.” — John Mayer
  34. “With every goodbye comes a new beginning and we can look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead. When we part ways, we can take comfort in knowing that life was good.”— Rolf van der Wind
  35. “To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.” — George Lansdowne
  36. “It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?” — Benjamin Franklin
  37. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” — William Penn
  38. “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always with you, may the sunshine warm you always till we meet again.” — Irish blessing
  39. “I miss you in waves, and tonight, I’m drowning.” — Ghost Memories
  40. “I exist in two places, here and where you are.” — Margaret Atwood
  41. “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart).” — E. E. Cummings
  42. “Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.” — Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
  43. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”— Dr. Seuss
  44. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln
  45. “The hardest goodbyes we face are the ones we never saw coming.” — Unknown
  46. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean forgetting, it means we can’t be together right now.” — Unknown
  47. “It’s hard to say goodbye to the person who means the world to you, especially when goodbye isn’t what you want.” — Unknown
  48. “It’s not the goodbye that hurts, but the flashbacks that follow.” — Unknown
  49. “It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.” — Henry Rollins
  50. “The only time a goodbye is painful is when you know you’ll never say hello again.” — Unknown
  51. “When I say goodbye, promise me you won’t cry because the day I’ll be saying that would be the day I die.”— Unknown
  52. “The world goes on, stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.” — Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
  53. “Goodbye, my almost lover, goodbye, my hopeless dream.”— A Fine Frenzy
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I personalize goodbye quotes for my friends to make them more meaningful?

Personalizing goodbye quotes for your friends can make them more meaningful by including inside jokes, shared memories, or specific qualities that you appreciate about them. You could also consider using their name or a nickname in the quote, and incorporating your feelings about the goodbye, wishing them godspeed on their next adventure.

2. What are some of the best ways to keep in touch with friends after saying goodbye?

One of the best ways to keep in touch with friends after saying goodbye is to establish a regular communication routine, such as setting up weekly or monthly video calls, sending messages, or even writing letters. Social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, can help you stay connected by sharing updates and photos. Just remember to take it easy and not put too much pressure on maintaining the friendship, as long-distance relationships can be challenging.

3. How can I express my gratitude and appreciation to a friend who is leaving?

There are many ways to express gratitude and appreciation for your friend who is leaving. It can be writing a heartfelt letter to express your thoughts and feelings, planning a small farewell party with close ones, gifting a personalized gift filled with memories, spending quality time together, or even a simple hug. Whatever you do, make sure it is heartfelt and brings a smile to your friend’s face.

4. What should I avoid when choosing a goodbye quote for my friend?

One must be thoughtful and considerate while choosing a goodbye quote for your friend. Refrain from sharing insensitive or offensive quotes that mock or belittle them or your friendship and those that carry a negative connotation or touch their raw nerve. A goodbye quote is something your friend will remember until they meet you next time, so choose it carefully and wisely.

5. Why is saying goodbye to friends so hard?

Friends are usually the closest people to who we pour our hearts out and share our deepest secrets and feelings. They are an integral part of our life and all our beautiful memories. So bidding farewell to a friend is certainly one of the heart-wrenching moments. However, in today’s digital age, distance doesn’t matter in friendships as you can keep in touch with them virtually and update each other with happenings in your life until you meet them physically.

Friends are a highly significant part of our lives, and we share many memories with them. Therefore, saying goodbye to your friends can be a difficult thing to do. But with the help of these goodbye quotes for friends, we hope you can express your feelings and emotions towards them with the right words. These quotes will also help you cherish your memories together when they are not around and look forward to making new memories with them when you reunite.

Infographic: Ways To Make Your Messages Personal

While writing any message for a loved one, adding a personal touch helps them relate to your feelings in an even better way. Saving this infographic and referring to it while penning a message to someone you love can help make your message memorable.

how to personalize tour messages (infographic)

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team


Saying goodbye can be bittersweet, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Explore our collection of the top 10 goodbye quotes that beautifully capture the essence of farewells and leave a lasting impression

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Ronald Hoang

Ronald HoangDiploma in Counselling, Relationship & Family Counselor

Ronald Hoang is a Sydney-based clinical counselor and psychotherapist with around ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Macquarie University and a postgraduate degree in counseling from the Australian College of Applied Professions. Ronald is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Post-Milan Systemic Family Therapy, Gottman Method, Play Therapy Dimensions, and Child Inclusive Practice. In addition...read full bio