Saying Goodbye Quotes

Farewell quotes and other messages to say goodbye

Goodbyes can be hard no matter the occasion. But, they’re a reality people face throughout life. Whether you’re saying “goodbye” or “see you later” to friends, co-workers or a significant other, the following quotes and sayings may help ease you through the farewells.

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Goodbye quotes for any occasion

Finding the right words to say to someone you love or care about is important — especially when you’re saying goodbye. Check out these goodbye quotes to help you bid a fond farewell:

  • Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting. — J.M. Barrie
  • If you’re brave enough to say ‘goodbye’, life will reward you with a new ‘hello’. — Paulo Coelho   
  • 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
  • Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. — Dave Mustaine
  • 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. — Dennis DeYoung
  • Goodbyes, they often come in waves. — Jarod Kintz
  • Goodbye doesn’t mean forever. — David Gates
  • A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Saying goodbye to a friend

Your friends are among the people you rely on the most, so parting ways is tough. If you’re missing a friend, or getting ready to say goodbye, you may find comfort in these quotes:

  • Friends are friends forever, if the Lord's the Lord of them. And a friend will not say never, 'cause the welcome will not end. Though it's hard to let you go, in the Father's hands we know, that a lifetime's not too long to live as friends. — Michael W. Smith
  • 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
  • You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
  • How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. — A.A. Milne

Goodbye quotes when leaving a job

Changing jobs or career paths means leaving behind co-workers, a familiar place and responsibilities. These quotes may give a little boost of comfort and encouragement:

  • Two of the greatest predictors of success are the ability to say hello and the ability to say goodbye. — Robert J. Braathe
  • A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things. — Barack Obama
  • 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
  • Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Life is a journey, not a destination. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. — Walt Disney
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Farewell quotes to family or a significant other

Saying goodbye to family, a spouse or a significant other is arguably the hardest type of goodbye. Whether temporary or permanent, these quotes may help:

  • It ain't easy to ever say goodbye. It ain't easy letting go of the ones you love. But, believe me, we'll meet again by and by. If not here, then somewhere up above. — Wynonna Judd
  • When someone you love says ‘goodbye,’ you can stare long and hard at the door they closed and forget to see all the doors God has open in front of you. — Shannon L. Alder
  • The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello, goodbye. — Jimi Hendrix
  • If I leave you, it doesn't mean I love you any less. Keep me in your heart for a while. — Warren Zevon
  • I want you to know, that should I go, I always loved you, held you high above, too. I studied your face and the fear goes away. — Eddie Vedder
  • I know I'll see you again, whether far or soon. But I need you to know, that I care and I miss you. — Brandon Boyd
  • You will always be my favorite hello and hardest goodbye. P.S., I will always love you. — Cecelia Ahern
  • Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. — George Eliot
  • You endure what is unbearable and you bear it. — Cassandra Clare
  • There’s no love without tears, there’s no happiness without sacrifice, and there’s no forever without goodbye. — Marquesia White
  • There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

What are your favorite goodbye quotes?

Do you have a favorite farewell saying we should add to our list? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

Looking for other ways to deal with farewells? Check out this resource on saying goodbye for more tips!