Parting Quotes

A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing

~ Robert Green Ingersoll (American Statesman and Orator, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of atheism. 1833-1899)

A chord, stronger or weaker, is snapped asunder in every parting, and Time’s busy fingers are not practiced in re splicing broken ties. Meet again you may; will it be in the same way? with the same sympathies? with the same sentiments? Will the souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream? Rarely, rarely.
~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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.
~ Helen Rowland

A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
~ Irish Blessing

Abruptness is an eloquence in parting, when spinning out the time is but the weaving of new sorrow.

~ Sir John Suckling

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, translated from French

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

~ William Cowper

Adieu! I have too grieved a heart to take a tedious leave.
~ William Shakespeare

Adieu! ’tis love’s last greeting,
The parting hour is come!
And fast thy soul is fleeting
To seek its starry home.
~ Pierre Jean de Beranger, L’Adieu,free translation

And by and by, will there come a time, when souls congenial will no more say adieu?
~ Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence.
~ Alcibiades

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.
~ Garrison Keillor

Beware of parting! The true sadness is not in the pain of the parting; it is in the when and the how you are to meet again with the face about to vanish from your view.

~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

But fate ordains that dearest friends must part.
~ Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire II, l. 232)

But in vain she did conjure him,
To depart her presence so,
Having a thousand tongues t’ allure him
And but one to bid him go.
When lips invite,
And eyes delight,
And cheeks as fresh as rose in June,
Persuade delay,–
What boots to say
Forego me now, come to me soon.
~ Sir Walter Raleigh (1), Dulcina, see Cayley’s “Life of Raleigh”, vol. I, ch. III attributed to Brydges, who edited Raleigh’s poems

But still her lips refused to say, farewell: for in that word, that fatal word, howe’er we promise, hope, believe, there breathes despair.
~ Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But what you minded most at our final parting was that in my poor rags -but was it not the costume of a beggar?- you couldn’t see our tears as in a suit of armor.
~ Jaroslav Seifert

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

~ Richard Bach

Departure should be sudden.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

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.

~ Henry Fielding

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

Don’t cry because it’s over.Smile because it happened.
~ Theodor Seuss Geisel, attributed

ELEGY, n. A composition in verse, in which, without employing any of the methods of humor, the writer aims to produce in the reader’s mind the dampest kind of dejection. The most famous English example begins somewhat like this:
The cur foretells the knell of parting day; The loafing herd winds slowly o’er the lea; The wise man homeward plods; I only stay To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.
~ Ambrose Bierce (American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914), Book: Devil’s Dictionary quotes

Enough, that we are parted–that there rolls
A flood of headlong fate between our souls,
Whose darkness severs me as wide from thee
As hell from heaven, to all eternity!
~ Thomas Moore

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

~ Kahlil Gibran

Every death is a new birth.

Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection
~ Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher, 1788-1860)

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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