Life is full of goodbyes. People move, switch jobs, end relationships, retire, and ultimately leave this world. It’s no wonder, then, that people have found many ways to say farewell over the years.
That’s why, when it’s time to say goodbye in the present, it’s often helpful to draw on the vast eloquence of the past. In times of great change, it can be hard to find the words to express the strong emotions we feel and/or sum up a period of our life that’s coming to a close. A famous quote – whether it’s funny, inspirational, or melancholy – often says it best.
Here’s our list of the top 30 farewell quotes and sayings of all time. Use these powerful sentiments to cap off a goodbye letter to colleagues, friends, or anyone else. Or just read them, and take solace in the fact that other people have been in your shoes.
Note: If the person you’re saying goodbye to is a romantic partner, you’ll also want to check out this list of long distance relationship quotes.
Don’t know where,don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.”
We are never far apart,
For friendship doesn’t count miles,
It’s measured by the heart.”
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.”
Looking for more? Irish blessings also work well for goodbye messages. Check out our list of Irish sayings for ideas.