Goodbye Quotes to Help Say Farewell to People

Don’t overlook the beauty and significance of saying farewell with these goodbye quotes as your inspiration.

Saying goodbye is important.

Whether small or big, they form an important ritual in our culture.

Let us know which goodbye quote resonated with you the most in the comment section below.

What are the benefits of reading goodbye quotes?

Goodbyes signify that something has ended, and it is time for something new to happen.

A good farewell:

  • Honors your past and provides closure as you move on to your next chapter
  • Allows you to recognize your life experiences with other people and the world around you
  • Expresses how you truly feel

Whether you’re parting with someone for a short time or forever, saying a mindful goodbye gives you the time to acknowledge the value you have in each other’s lives.

Besides, goodbyes contain a blessing.

Giving a meaningful farewell allows you to bless the other person’s going and coming.

So the next you say goodbye, pay attention to the moment, and create an intention of goodwill in your heart to make it a blessing.

To help make your farewells count, below is our collection of inspirational, beautiful, and uplifting goodbye quotes, goodbye sayings, and goodbye proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Goodbye Quotes For Those Who Admire A Beautiful Farewell

1. “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.” – William Shakespeare

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2. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens

Goodbye Quotes about the pain of parting

3. “The return makes one love the farewell.” – Alfred de Musset

Goodbye Quotes about farewells

4. “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” – Nicholas Sparks

Goodbye Quotes about separation

5. “It feels right. But it’s emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you’ve done that long is hard.” – Angela Ruggiero

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6. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Semisonic

Goodbye Quotes about new beginnings

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

Goodbye Quotes about life

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

Goodbye Quotes for relationships

9. “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” – Garrison Keillor

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

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Goodbye quotes to make your farewells meaningful

11. “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later. ” – Eduardo Galeano

Goodbye quotes about history

12. “The two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” – Moira Rogers

Goodbye Quotes and sayings about life

13. “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius

Goodbye Quotes about change

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

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15. “So long, see you around, but never a final goodbye.” – Fred Flagler

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16. “I’ll see you in another life. When we are both cats.” – Tom Cruise

Goodbye Quotes and sayings to inspire you

17. “Farewell, dearest friend, never to see one another anymore till at the right hand of Christ.” – Donald Cargill

Goodbye Quotes for friends

18. “It’s sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye.” – Carrie Underwood

Goodbye Quotes about moving on

19. “Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.” – A.A. Milne

Goodbye Quotes for loved ones

20. “Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine

Goodbye Quotes about what we leave behind

Goodbye quotes to help you offer mindful farewells

21. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” – Oscar Wilde

happy Goodbye Quotes

22. “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest thing in the world.” — John Green

Goodbye Quotes about leaving

23. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne

powerful Goodbye Quotes

24. “I guess that’s part of growing up, too—saying good-bye to the things you used to love.” – Jenny Han

Goodbye Quotes about the things you love

25. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss

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26. “I make it easier for people to leave by making them hate me a little.” – Cecelia Ahern

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27. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Goodbye Quotes that will make you smile

28. “For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.” – Donna Gable Hatch

Goodbye Quotes that will make your day

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

Goodbye Quotes about fresh starts

30. “I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!” – Christopher McCandless

Goodbye Quotes about a happy life

Goodbye quotes to make each farewell count

31. “I wonder how People say goodbye to someone forever ?” Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.  – Ovid

32. “Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.” – Unknown

33. “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

34. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.” – Trey Parker

35. “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

36. “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye…until we meet again.” – Jimi Hendrix

37. “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

38. “Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach

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

40. “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

Other beautiful goodbye quotes to inspire you

41. “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

42. “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner

43. “Man’s feelings are always purest and many glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.” – Jean Paul Richter

44. “The finale of every year is a time to say goodbye to one year and welcome the coming of a new one. A blessed year may it be.” – Kate Summers

45. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

47. “We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, Some sunny day.” – Vera Lynn

48. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Jonathan Harnisch

49. “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Lazarus Long

50. “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

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51. “Two of the greatest predictors of success are the ability to say hello and the ability to say goodbye.” – Robert J. Braathe

52. “Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.” – Unknown

53. “Saying goodbye to the living was hard enough; saying goodbye to the dead was an impossible task.” – Andrew Shaffer

54. “There was something unfinished about not saying farewell, like a door left open in the chill night.” – Julie C. Dao

55. “If no one has called you back when you left a place, then your decision to leave that place was precisely true!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

Goodbye quotes to contemplate on

56. “Maybe we’ve lived a thousand lives before this one and in each of them we’ve found each other. And maybe each time, we’ve been forced apart for the same reasons. That means that this goodbye is both a goodbye for the past ten thousand years and a prelude to what will come.” ― Nicholas Sparks

57. “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac

58. “Promise to give me a kiss on my brow when I am dead. –I shall feel it.” ― Victor Hugo

59.  “I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.” ― J.D. Salinger

60. “Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

61. “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” ― Shakespeare

62. “Do you know what your problem is? You can’t live with the idea that someone might leave.” ― John Green

63. “I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” ― Colleen Hoover

64. “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye.” ― Beyonce Knowles

65. “There’s nothing good about goodnight when it means goodbye.” ― Jeff Thomas

Insightful goodbye quotes that will make you think

66. “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” – Charlie Brown

67. “Goodbyes—they often come in waves.” – Jarod Kintz

68. “A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.” – Helen Rowland

69. “It’s so hard saying goodbye… it’s hard saying good bye to all the things that one has held dear for weeks, months, sometimes years.” – Saqib Saleem

70. “It feels right. But it’s emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you’ve done that long is hard.” – Angela Ruggiero

71. “Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.” – Ouida

72. “Saying goodbye is the hardest solution to any problem. But sometimes, it’s the only choice we have.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

73. “No more words. We know them all—all the words that should not be said. But you have made my world more perfect.” – Terry Pratchett

74. “The pain of a hard goodbye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love.” – Beth Moore

75. “Follow your dreams, work hard, practice, and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” – Sasha Cohen

Goodbye Quotes For A Touching Farewell

76. “Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” —  Disney

77.“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

78. “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.”  — Styx

79. “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” — George Eliot

80.“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

81.“I don’t have to be so afraid of goodbye, because goodbye doesn’t have to be forever.” — Jenny Han

82. “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” – Tim McGraw

83. “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.” — Styx

84. “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” – Flavia Weedn

85. “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be the beginning.”  – Ivy Baker Priest

Goodbye Quotes To Help You Let Go

86. “Seems like we always spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye.” ― Elizabeth Taylor

87. “Goodbyes are on of the hardest things about life. One way or another people were always leaving… Always moving on.” ― Karen Kingsbury

88. “I’ve been in the same place for 10 years and having to say goodbye and clean out the locker is the toughest part.” ― Roy Oswalt

89. “Live your life as if you are ready to say goodbye to it at any moment, as if the time left for you were some pleasant surprise.” ― Marcus Aurelius

90. “I keep going till that pain says hello to me. I don’t say goodbye until that pain says hello. That’s a good set.” ― Greg Plitt

91. “Love tends to end in a very painful goodbye.” ― Taylor Swift

92. “My world has changed, and so have I. I have learned to choose and I have learned to say goodbye.” ― Pocahontas

93. “Goodbyes were impossible, unless you didn’t realize you were saying them.” ― Luanne Rice

94. “Everyone struggles against despair, but it always wins in the end. It has to. It’s the thing that lets us say goodbye.” ― Jeffrey Eugenides

95. “To say goodbye is to die a little.” ― Raymond Chandler

Did you enjoy these goodbye quotes?

Goodbye is just as important as a greeting.

Healthy goodbyes help us focus on what matters, keep the doors open, and allow us to move forward without unnecessary baggage.

Life is full of endings and new beginnings.

Although saying goodbye can be difficult sometimes, the ability to tolerate endings is important.

We hope the above quotes will help you approach your endings with a positive attitude.

Which of these goodbye quotes was your favorite?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add?

Feel free to share with us in the comment section below.

Norbert Juma, Lead Editor

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