There are few things more painful than saying goodbye to someone or something you love. The idea of separation always gives us a sense of emptiness and desolation.
We dread goodbyes and rarely know how to move on in a healthy way. Like the end of a chapter, a goodbye asks us to forget the past and embrace the future, but this is definitely not easy.
Check out these quotes to see the optimistic side of goodbyes and to remember how to deal with them when your heart refuses to let go.
Here are 31 goodbye quotes…
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. ~ Tryon Edwards
The only good thing about separation is the hope for a reunion. Every time we separate from those we love, we feel we lost a part of ourselves. That is why reunions are the happiest and most joyous events in our lives.
Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it. ~ Trey Parker
Time puts an end to many great things, yet this is not a reason to despair. Instead of focusing on goodbyes, we should focus on the beautiful memories we made and the moments we shared. In the beauty of the past lies the joy of the future.
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. ~ Paulo Coelho
People often say that a closed door can lead to an open window. In the same way, if every goodbye is an end, it means it is also a beginning. Behind each goodbye, there is the opportunity for a new hello and a new adventure.
History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later. ~ Eduardo Galeano
For most of us, history means something distant, that has no connection with our own lives. Despite this belief, history repeats itself, following cycles that don’t allow us to say goodbye to the past. To say goodbye to history is to forget, and this makes us repeat the same mistakes.
The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. ~ Moira Rogers
For different reasons, saying hello for the first time is as difficult as saying goodbye for the last time, because both situations put us in a tense position, where we are flooded with emotion. They also trigger fear by making us face the unknown.
We only part to meet again. ~ John Gay
Not all goodbyes are forever. Many of them are just temporary. We part just to give each other space to flourish so that a new meeting can be richer and more meaningful. For every goodbye, there is the promise of a future reunion.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~ Carol Sobieski
Worse that saying goodbye is having nothing to say goodbye to. Separation is a risk in love and relationships, but when we don’t take this risk our hearts remain empty. If a goodbye hurts, it is because we loved a lot, and that is a price worth paying.
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. ~ George Eliot
In the daily routine of our lives, we often take our relationships for granted, thinking that everything lasts forever. Faced with the threat of separation, we discover the strength of our connections and the pain that a goodbye can cause us.
The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected. ~ Nicholas Sparks
In a relationship guided by love and affection, any separation causes great distress. People in love need each other strongly, and the prospect of saying goodbye feels to them like neglecting the call of their souls. When souls are connected, a separation is a mutilation.
A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it. ~ Helen Rowland
Men and women have a different way of expressing their thoughts and emotions. Woman are always honest and open, even when they have to say goodbye, but they are also indecisive. Men are more committed to their decisions, but they dislike emotional moments such as goodbyes.
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
During moments of separation, we always promise each other to meet again. While we might be sincere in our intentions, life can get in the way, making a new meeting impossible. That is why we should put a lot of love and affection in our goodbyes.
I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. ~ Ernie Harwell
Goodbyes are sad and depressing only because we tend to think of them as endings, forgetting about the possibilities and chances of the future. For each goodbye, we should say a new hello, welcoming adventure into our lives.
Where is the good in goodbye? ~ Meredith Wilson
Goodbyes can bring out all the hidden feelings and emotions we hold inside. Sometimes, as optimistic as we might be, there is really nothing good about saying goodbye. By accepting that sorrow is a condition of life, we will learn to heal our wounds faster.
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell. ~ Jean Paul Richter
Meetings and farewells are moments of honesty and pure expression of the deepest emotions. We don’t have to pretend or fool anyone in such moments. They allow openness and truth because they represent changes of chapters.
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
A real connection surpasses limits of time or space because people who love each other always carry the other in their minds and hearts. When we have found shelter in the heart of a loved one, goodbyes mean nothing.
Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting. ~ J.M. Barrie
Goodbyes hurt so much because they bring with them other sorrows, such as the fear of forgetting or being forgotten. When we say goodbye we have the consolation that our memory will preserve the beauty of the connection, yet time proves merciless with us.
Thank God I found the good in goodbye. ~ Beyoncé Knowless
Being able to find something good in a separation is a sign of great emotional and mental strength. Life does not end in a goodbye, as each second can bring new opportunities. If we hold on too tightly to our pain, we might miss these opportunities.
It’s the emptiest and yet the fullest of all human messages: ‘Good-bye.’ ~ Kurt Vonnegut
There is no emotional rollercoaster greater than a goodbye. Whenever we say goodbye we feel devastated by the intensity of our emotions, yet at the same time, we feel a dreadful emptiness. Goodbyes reveal both the strength of our hearts and its fragility.
I know too well how good-bye can steal more than just the future. ~ Talia Vance
Every goodbye closes the door to a possible future, forcing us to reconsider our path and to find new possibilities elsewhere. The worst thing about goodbyes is that they can make us lose faith in the future, denying us hope.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell. ~ Emily Dickinson
Despite the struggle to stay positive about any separation, nobody wants to go again through the pain of having to say goodbye. Each time, parting feels like a combination of heaven and hell, forcing us to confront all our fears and hopes.
Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. ~ Richard Bach
Without goodbyes, there would be no meetings. The pain of saying goodbye is sometimes worth it for the sweet joys of reconnection. Goodbyes don’t have to represent endings, they can be a simple pause where each takes some time to catch their breath.
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
Besides causing us a lot of pain, goodbyes can turn us bitter about people we had to separate from. The bitterness of a goodbye can affect the relationship and make reunion unpleasant. We must choose carefully which goodbyes are forever and which are temporary.
This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. ~ Nicholas Sparks
It would be amazing if instead of saying goodbye, we could thank the other being part of our lives, for bringing us joy, and for making beautiful memories with us. This attitude would add a great serenity to our relationships, saving us from the pain of goodbyes.
We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day. ~ Vera Lynn
Every unwanted goodbye brings the promise of reconnection. People who hold each other in their hearts and seek each other in the world live with the hope of a new meeting. Life often rewards them for their faith.
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. ~ Charles Dickens
If separations bring out so many negative feelings, reunions have the opposite effect. Every reunion and every new meeting is a moment of joy, excitement, and happiness, that erases all the bad memories of the separation.
Saying goodbye is a little like dying. ~ Marjane Satrapi
Every goodbye forces us to let go of things that are important for us and which make us who we are. In a way, saying goodbye is accepting to close the door on the past, which can make us very confused, lost, and miserable. Goodbyes cannot always be taken lightly.
It takes courage to say goodbye. To stare at a thing lost and know it is gone forever. ~ Jay Kristoff
Saying goodbye is admitting that we just lost something important which we might never recover. It is no wonder that it takes great courage to say goodbye. Most of all, we have to ignore the feeling that it could be final.
Farewell is a beautiful and a soft word and yet it is a horrible and a heavy thing too! ~ Mehmet Ildan
Any farewell takes just a few moments and it seems so easy to do, yet it is one of the most complex and traumatizing experience. It is a heavy burden for our hearts, causing harm to us and to those we separate from.
I find wisdom in the waves. Goodbye is a hello to a life without you. ~ Jarod Kintz
A wise person knows that nothing is eternal and that life flows freely, despite our feelings and misfortunes. Life takes things from us, yet gives us others instead, in a continuous cycle. A goodbye can turn easily into a hello when we accept to let life run its course.
The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained. ~ Bilal Nasir Khan
More painful than saying goodbye is never having the chance to actually say it. People need closure to be able to move on and heal themselves. When this possibility for closure is denied, the pain grows heavier.
Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. ~ Flavia Weedn
Instead of suffering when we say goodbye to someone, we should express our gratitude for the chance to have had them in our lives. Some people change us and add great beauty and enthusiasm to our lives, even if they don’t remain with us for too long.