Famous Goodbye Quotes to Help You Say Farewell

Whether it’s a simple goodbye to a friend before vacation or farewell to a coworker leaving for a new job– goodbye’s aren’t easy. Sometimes finding the right words to send someone off can be tricky. So if you’re not quite sure what to say, we’re here to help. Check out our collection of the best goodbye quotes below.

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General Saying Goodbye Quotes

The following saying goodbye quotes can be used for almost any farewell. Just pick your favorite below to use for a farewell letter, or consider using them in a set of open when letters.

Saying goodbye quote.

  • “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” – Confucius
  • “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Semisonic
  • “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.” – William Shakespeare
  • “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest thing in the world.” – John Green
  • “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
  • “It’s sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye.” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Goodbyes, they often come in waves.” – Jarod Kintz
  • “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” – Charlie Brown

Funny Goodbye Quotes

If the person you’re sending off has a great sense of humor, you might be looking for some funny goodbye quotes. Check out our selection below or visit our resource on yearbook quotes for additional farewell ideas.

  • “See You Later Alligator.” – Bill Haley and the Comets
  • “Bye Felicia!” – Friday
  • “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” – Oscar Wilde
  • “So long, and thanks for all the fish!” – Douglas Adams
  • “We are really going to miss trying to avoid you around here.” – Unknown
  • “Don’t ever tell anyone anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” – J.D. Salinger
  • “Goodbye, Vietnam! That’s right, I’m history, I’m outta here, I got the lucky ticket home, baby.” – Good Morning Vietnam
  • “So long, and thanks for all the fish!” – Douglas Adams
  • “I’ll miss you until you come back but I hope you’ll make up for it by getting me awesome gifts. Bon voyage.” – Unknown

A funny goodbye quote.

Goodbye Quotes For Friends

Saying goodbye to your best friends is never an easy thing. But we hope you can find some help from the goodbye quotes below.

  • “We laughed until we had to cry, we loved right down to our last goodbye, we were the best.” – St. Elmo’s Fire
  • “A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach
  • “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
  • “Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” – Richard Bach
  • “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” – Irish Blessing
  • “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White

Goodbye Quotes For Coworkers

Whether your coworker is leaving for a new job, parental leave, or retirement, you’re definitely going to miss them around the office. So check out the quotes below or visit our resource on what to write in a retirement card.

  • “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” – Garrison Keillor
  • “This is the beginning of anything you want.” – Unknown
  • “Thank you for everything that you’ve accomplished so far, and good luck to everything you will in the future.” – Unknown
  • “Having awesome colleagues is a bad habit, because it’ll be impossible to work with someone else now that you’re leaving. Goodbye.” – Unknown
  • “So, old friends, now it’s time to start growing up, taking charge, seeing things as they are, facing facts, not escaping them, still with dreams, just reshaping them, growing up.” – Stephen Sondheim

Saying Goodbye Quotes To Someone You Love

Saying goodbye to someone you love is heartbreaking. And often, it’s difficult to find the right words to wish them farewell. Look to the quote below for help during this difficult time, or visit our resource on love quotes for additional sentiments.

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  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)
  • “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” – Wendy Wunder
  • “The two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” – Moira Rogers
  • “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” – George Elio
  • “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
  • “You know it’s love when you have been saying goodbye for how many times but still you’re not ready to leave.” – Unknown
  • “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

Goodbye Quotes For Him

If you’re looking for the right words to say while wishing him the best, the following quotes might just help:

  • “A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.” – Helen Rowland
  • “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” – Kiera Cass
  • “You had me at hello, goodbye and everything in between.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “We started with a simple hello, but ended with a complicated goodbye.” – Unknown
  • “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” – Kiera Cass
  • “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
  • “The pain of a hard good-bye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love.” – Beth Moore

Goodbye Quotes For Her

No matter who she was to you, you’re going to miss her. And the following quotes express just that:

  • “The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “The return makes one love the farewell.” – Alfred de Musset
  • “Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.” – Jean Paul Richter
  • “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “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

It’s Not Goodbye Quotes

Whether it’s a short trip or you just can’t give an indefinite farewell, the following quotes are perfect for you. They’ll help you send someone off without actually saying “goodbye.”

A quote for when you don't want to say goodbye.

  • “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
  • “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • “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
  • “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.” – Trey Parker
  • “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens
  • “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, Some sunny day.” – Vera Lynn
  • “Good friends never say goodbye. They simply say ‘See you soon.’” – Unknown

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