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Farewell Quotations

Saying farewell can be hard. However, saying goodbye doesn't mean you will never see each other again. These quotes from famous authors (such as Shakespeare and Dickinson) are accompanied by other great minds. The quotations, both positive and negative, can help put love, goodbyes, and hellos into perspective.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
Garrison Keillor
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
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
George Eliot
We only part to meet again.
John Gay
Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.
William Shakespeare
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell.
Emily Dickinson, "Parting"
But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.
Edward Young
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
Henry David Thoreau
Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave.
A.A. Milne
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
Ivy Baker Priest
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
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
William Cowper
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
Tryon Edwards
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
The return makes one love the farewell.
Alfred De Musset
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