75+ Best Goodbye Quotes to Say ‘Farewell’ to Loved Ones

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If you have lived for any length of time on this great blue marble, you’ve had to say “goodbye” to someone important to you. You’ve had a childhood friend move away, or you’ve lost a grandparent. You had to say goodbye to neighbors when you moved or a boyfriend when you broke up with him. 

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Here are some quotes about saying “goodbye.” Some of them are from goodbye songs, and some are from poems. You may want to post them on social media, or you may want to include them on a farewell card. 

Regardless of how you use the quotes, reading them should also be a reminder that you aren’t the only person who has had to say “goodbye” to someone you love. It’s a painful part of the human experience. 

Quotes About Saying Goodbye

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There are a lot of quotes about saying “goodbye.” While many of them are poignant, full of sorrow and grief, others will remind you that not all goodbyes are sad. We’ve included quotes with various attitudes to help you find the right saying for your situation. 

1. “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello, goodbye.” —Jimi Hendrix

This is a line for Jimi Hendrix’s song called “The Story of Life.” When you attribute the quote, you may want to list Allen Toussaint as the writer. Toussaint wrote for some of the most famous musicians in the world.

2. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we are apart, I’ll always be with you.” —A. A. Milne

Of course, many people attribute this quote to a stuffed bear named Pooh. A. A. Milne wrote “The House at Pooh Corner” as well as screenplays, poetry, and novels.

3. “The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” —Moira Rogers

Moira Rogers is a paranormal romance writer. Rogers is right on both accounts. It is hard to say both “hello” and “goodbye.”

4. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss has a way of making complicated subjects so perfectly simple. 

5. “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” —Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass is an author of young adult novels. Even though these words aren’t flowery and poetic, the statement is beautiful in its simplicity.

Quotes About Saying Goodbye to a Dying Loved One

Quite possibly one of the hardest things that you will ever have to do is to say goodbye to a loved one who is dying. Nothing can prepare you to visit the deathbed of someone you love. 

6. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” —Mahatma Gandhi

You never “get over” losing someone you love, but your grief may change over time. This quote by Mahatma Gandhi reminds us that our loved ones live on in our hearts until the end of our lives.

7. “Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.” —Jean Paul Richter

Jean Paul Richter is a German writer who understood the complexity of the human heart. 

8. “We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.” —Vera Lynn

If you believe in the afterlife, you can take comfort in knowing that you will once again see your loved one. Vera Lynn was a British singer and actress who was extremely popular during WWII.

9. “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” —Helen Keller

Helen Keller’s teacher and lifelong friend Anne Sullivan is interred with Keller at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

10. “Painful though parting be, I bow to you as I see you off to distant clouds.” —Emperor Saga

Emperor Saga was a leader of Japan who died in 842 A.D. 

Quotes for Saying Goodbye to Coworkers

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We have all had those awkward moments. It’s your coworker’s last day at work, and you make empty promises to each other about how you will meet for lunch or see each other over the holidays. 

Here are some quotes to write on the card that gets passed around the office. 

11. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” —Semisonic

Even if you are saying goodbye to someone, you may want to put a positive spin on the farewell message. Knowing that an ending comes with a new, hopeful beginning is one way to remain positive.

12. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” —Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho wrote “The Alchemist.” Coelho understands that walking away from a job (or a relationship) may be scary.

13. “See You Later, Alligator.” —Bill Haley and the Comets

Perhaps you know that you will continue to see your coworker even after he or she leaves the workplace. Consider saying (or playing) the words to this famous song from the 1950s and 60s.

14. “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

If you are looking for a flowery quote to share with a friend who is leaving a job, this is it. Use these words if you have formed a close friendship with the coworker who is leaving.

15. “Thank you for everything that you’ve accomplished so far, and good luck to everything you will in the future.” —Unknown

We don’t know who penned this quote, but it is the perfect thing to say to a friend who is leaving your workplace. Everyone likes to feel appreciated.

Sad Goodbye Quotes

Maybe you aren’t in the mood to read hopeful, positive-minded quotes about saying goodbye. Perhaps you are hurting, and no one can say anything to change that. Here are some sad goodbye quotes that will allow you to wallow in your misery. Some of these are quotes about the death of a friend while others are about the end of a romantic relationship. 

16. “I’ve learned that goodbyes will always hurt, pictures will never replace having been there, memories good and bad will bring tears, and words can never replace feelings.” —Unknown

Yes, goodbyes will always hurt, especially if they coincide with a breakup or death.

17. “Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had and what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” —Unknown

If you have lost someone, you probably have regrets. You may feel bad for not giving your all to the relationship or spending enough quality time with the person who is now gone.

18.” To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment.” —George Lansdowne

George Lansdowne is a poet who understands the heartbreak and sorrow that follows saying goodbye at the end of a relationship.

19. “We started with a simple hello but ended with a complicated goodbye.” —Unknown

Are you experiencing a complicated “goodbye?” This quote says it all.

20. “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” —Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz was the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Schulz gave these words to his lovable character, Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown wasn’t always a blockhead. Sometimes he had rather poignant things to say. 

Funny Goodbye Quotes

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Do you use humor to help you express complicated emotions? Here are a few somewhat funny quotes about saying “farewell.”

21. “So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!” —Oscar Hammerstein II

Sorry. We know this song from the Sound of Music will be stuck in your head for the rest of your day, but it is the perfect song for the situation. 

22. “It won’t be the same without you here. Work may actually get done!” —Unknown

Your coworker may be uncomfortable if you say goodbye in a heartfelt way. If you are known for your wit and sarcasm, don’t disappoint your audience. 

23 “It will not be the same without you. It will actually be better!” —Unknown

We also like this example of a sarcastic statement to share with someone who is leaving. Of course, you need to know your audience before making such statements, or you may risk offending the individual.

24. “Goodbye. You’re dead to me now.” —Unknown

While we are on the subject of knowing your audience . . . Make sure you have the right one before saying something like this.

25. “Well, I’m not usually one for speeches. So, goodbye.” —Ron Swanson

Fans of Parks and Rec will recognize Ron Swanson’s trademark no-nonsense style. 


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Romantic or Loving Goodbye Quotes

There are times when sarcastic statements are not appropriate. An example of this is if you are saying a sad goodbye to someone with which you had a romantic relationship. Here are some examples of what you might say instead:

26. “A sad thing in life is that sometimes you meet someone who means a lot to you only to find out in the end that it was never bound to be and you just have to let go.” —Dave Matthews Band

We aren’t sure who wrote these lyrics, but they show that the end of a romantic relationship is not always accompanied by anger. 

27. “Two words. Three vowels. Four consonants. Seven letters. It can either cut you open to the core and leave you in ungodly pain, or it can free your soul and lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders. The phrase is: It’s over.” —Maggi Richard

We aren’t sure who Maggi Richard is, but she profoundly understands what it means to say goodbye at the end of a romantic relationship.  

28. “After a relationship ends, build a bridge, get over it, and burn that bridge so you won’t be tempted to cross it again.” —Unknown

You may need to post this quote on your bathroom mirror as a reminder not to rebuild a bridge after you end a toxic relationship.

29. “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” —The Wizard of Oz

The Tin Man learned the hard way that having a heart is not all it is cracked up to be sometimes.

30. “Love is unconditional. Relationships are not.” —Grant Gudmunson

Even though your relationship has ended, your love may be eternal. 

Goodbye Quotes for Friends

“Goodbyes” are different now. Even if a great distance separates you and a friend, you have the option of staying close through texts or social media posts. However, even though we have many more opportunities to stay connected to our friends, it’s easy to lose contact with people we don’t see regularly.

Here are some quotes about saying goodbye to a friend.

31. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” – Henri Bergson

Your friend might laugh if you shared this quote before they leave for a new job or move to a new city. However, the passage expresses a beautiful reminder that we shouldn’t be afraid of change.

32. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Will Rogers was a cowboy singer who worked with his wife, Dale Evans.

33. “We must change in order to survive.” – Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey was an American actress and singer who appeared on Broadway.

34. “When you’re through changing, you’re through.” – Bruce Barton

Barton wore many hats in life. He was an advertising executive, author, and politician.

35. “Since we live in a changing universe, why do men oppose change? . . . If a rock is in the way, the root of a tree will change its direction. The dumbest animals try to adapt themselves to changed conditions. Even a rat will change its tactics to get a piece of cheese.” – Melvin B. Tolson

Your friend may hesitate to leave their job or move to a new city. As you say goodbye, you might encourage them that they made the right choice. 

36. “The first step toward change is acceptance . . . Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow.” – Will Garcia

Your friend may have no choice but to say goodbye. In fact, they may struggle to accept it. So here’s a positive message to share with someone in this situation.

‘It’s Not Goodbye’ Quotes to Share

If you believe in the afterlife, you may tell a loved one who is not long for the Earth that you will see them again someday. Here are some quotes about being reunited with loved ones in Heaven.

37. “It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?” – Benjamin Franklin

This quote takes a moment to process. However, this message from Benjamin Franklin can offer a great deal of solace for someone leaving the world. Instead of dying, they are being “born among the immortals”!

38. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” – John Taylor

The Victorians often described death as going “behind the veil.” 

39. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn

And you may meet your loved one again when you leave behind the earthly concept of time.

40. “I can assure you that those who have already passed have not only made it to the Other Side, but are in a state of bliss.” – Sylvia Browne

Sylvia Browne is the author of Journal of Love & Healing.

41. “Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped into the next room, I am I and you are you whatever we were to each other, that we are still.” – Henry Scott-Holland

We love this stanza about relationships that continue after death.

42. “Your body is away from me but there is a window open from my heart to yours. From this window, like the moon, I keep sending news secretly.”

This short poem about not saying goodbye is by Rumi and is titled “The Window.”

Quotes for an Unexpected Goodbye

Were you forced to say an unexpected goodbye to a friend? Here are some quotes that might be of use in this situation. However, read the quotes carefully as some might be more appropriate for someone who died instead of a person moving to another city.

43. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

And there’s no such thing as separation between two people with an internet connection.

44. “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

This hopeful message may calm the fears of a friend who is leaving.

45. “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E. B. White

If you haven’t read Charlotte’s Web since childhood, do yourself a favor and reread this classic book.

46. “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” – Nicholas Sparks

This line is found in Message in a Bottle.

47. “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hopefully, our quotes will help you perfect the art of saying goodbye.

48. “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” – Ernie Harwell

Ernie Harwell was an American sportscaster.

49. “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France

Anatole France was an appropriately named French poet.

50. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J. M. Barrie

J. M. Barrie was the author of Peter Pan.

Goodbye Quotes for Teachers and Professors

We’re assuming that you are researching goodbye quotes for a teacher or professor because you are sad that you will no longer be their student. In that case, here are some messages of appreciation to leave behind to a teacher or professor who made a positive difference in your life.

51. “O Captain, My Captain!” 

Perhaps this quote belongs in the next section – famous goodbye quotes from movies. However, most English teachers would understand that this line is from a Walt Whitman poem that he wrote in honor of the fallen president, Abraham Lincoln. The line was used in Dead Poet’s Society when students said goodbye to a teacher who was fired.

52. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

There are many similar quotes to this one. 

53. “The best that the great teachers can do for us is to help us to discover what is already present in ourselves.” – Irving Babbitt

Perhaps this quote describes what your favorite teacher did for you.

54. “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Celebrate those teachers who “awaken joy” when they enter a classroom.

55. “Warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl G. Jung

Carl Jung wrote this quote in The Gifted Child.

56. “The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.” – Horace Mann

Share this quote with an inspirational professor.

57. “Choose as a guide one who you will admire more when you see him act than when you hear him speak.” – Seneca the Younger

Perhaps you appreciate your mentor for their knowledge and their way of life. 

Famous Goodbye Quotes From Movies

If you are looking for a unique way to say goodbye to someone, you might want to borrow a phrase from your favorite movie. Here are some famous last lines and goodbye quotes from movies.

58. “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always with you, may the sunshine warm you always till we meet again.” – The Hobbit

To be fair, this Irish blessing has appeared in many movies and books.

59. “Where we go from there, is a choice I leave to you.” – The Matrix

This quote appeared at the end of the original movie. 

60. “You met me at a very strange time in my life.” – Fight Club

Maybe this line doesn’t offer the most emotional goodbye, but it might be accurate.

61. “We’ll always have Paris.” – Casablanca

This quote is so famous that it has come to mean that you will always be together in each other’s memories. 

62. “May you be happy in the life you have chosen.” – A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wrote this classic tale.

63. “See you in my dreams.” – Crimson Tide

Denzel Washington’s character says this to his wife as they say goodbye.

64. “How can you miss me? I’m easy to find. I’m the guy with two hearts, remember?” – Doctor Who

This line is used when the Doctor says goodbye to Dr. Grace Holloway. 

65. “Till you or your sister Jane return, I shall not hear two words of sense spoken together.” – Pride and Prejudice

We love grumpy Mr. Bennet’s reaction to his silly family members.

66. “In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!” – The Truman Show

Jim Carrey played the title role in this film.

67. “I’ll be right here.” – E.T.: The Extraterrestrial

It might be time to rewatch this classic movie.  

Disney Goodbye Quotes From Movies

How do Disney characters say goodbye? In some cases, they use the perfect words. Here are some examples. 

68. “So long, partner.” – Toy Story 3

Woody says goodbye to his beloved Andy in this way at the end of Toy Story 3. You’re crying just thinking about the scene, aren’t you?

69. “You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you...Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” – Peter Pan

These are the words from Tinkerbell as she says goodbye to Peter. 

70. “You know goodbyes aren’t forever.” – All Dogs Go to Heaven

Burt Reynolds was the voice of Charlie in this animated classic.

71. “In the event I don’t make it back, I want you to know you’ve been a real friend, R2. My best one, in fact.” – The Rise of Skywalker

C3PO said this to his best friend, R2D2.

72. “I don’t have time for long goodbyes, but here’s something to remember me by, baby.” – Oliver & Company

This quote doesn’t sound like it would be from a Disney production. However, you will hear it in Oliver & Company.

73. “Don’t shed any tears over me, Toots!” – Howard the Duck

Chip Zien was the voice of Howard the Duck.

74. “But if you want to leave, you can. I’ll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves.” – Lilo & Stitch

Lilo and Stitch was released in 2002.

75. “Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before.” – Finding Nemo

Ellen DeGeneres voiced the character of Dory in Finding Nemo.

76. “Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end, but in my heart is a memory and there you’ll always be.” – The Fox and the Hound

This quote was given to Widow Tweed in this animated classic.

Words of Wisdom

Are you struggling to figure out how to say goodbye? Hopefully, these quotes have helped. You may also want to borrow the words of poets by studying farewell poems written by your favorite writers.

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