When the situation is part of everyday life, such as going off to school or work, or even when someone is leaving for a short vacation trip, saying goodbye is rather easy. It is a standard part of human relationships that we all have become accustomed to. Sometimes the act of saying goodbye is slightly painful but brings closure to a relationship that has gradually moved in that direction. We still feel the pain and may even wish for something to turn the situation around so that we don’t have to actually say the words.
There are, in fact, so many points in our lives when the word “goodbye” is the correct thing to say that people have developed philosophies about the subject. For example, one wise man has suggested that we shouldn’t be overly concerned about saying goodbye because, under normal circumstances it is necessary to part with a final word so that we can anticipate meeting again in the near future. This is certainly one way to view the idea of parting and saying so long. But under other circumstances saying goodbye is more than difficult. It may be almost impossible. In fact, we can greet each other quickly and get the idea to the other person. Yet when it comes time to say goodbye we need a lot of time. It seems there are just so many things to say, most of them are often left unsaid.
Some of the most common thoughts on saying goodbye have to do with being glad! That may seem extraordinary but the truth is we can turn the idea of parting on its head and tell ourselves that we are fortunate to have someone or something we love so much it makes us sad to say goodbye for even a short time. What a delightful way to view what is often one of the most difficult parts of life.
Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave – A.A. Milne.
The return makes one love the farewell – Alfred De Musset.
You are the weakest link – goodbye! – Anne Robinson.
A goodbye isn’t painful unless you’re never going to say hello again – Anonymous.
A memory lasts forever never does it die. True friends stay together and never say goodbye – Anonymous.
Never say goodbye when you still want to try, never give up when you still feel you can’t take it. Never say you don’t love the person anymore when you can’t let go – Anonymous.
I hate the part of the show where we have to say goodbye to someone – Ant McPartlin.
Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems – Billy Joel.
If you said good-bye to me tonight, there would still be music left to write – Billy Joel.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard – Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan.
I’ll come back, when you call me. No need to say goodbye – Corinne.
It is generally agreed that “Hello” is an appropriate greeting because if you entered a room and said “Goodbye,” it could confuse a lot of people – Dolph Sharp.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened – Dr. Seuss.
Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again – Elizabeth Bowen.
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, Forever.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch – Garrison Keillor.
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment – George Lansdowne.
Good-bye. I am leaving because I am bored – George Sander.
A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it – Helen Rowland.
No one but me can save myself though its too late, death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye – James Hetfield.
Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell – Jean Paul Richter.
The Duke of Edinburgh has perfected the art of saying hello and goodbye in the same handshake – Jennie Bond.
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye – Jimi Hendrix.
Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age – John Dryden.
Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long we shall have each other – Joshua Loth Liebman.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending – Lazurus Long.
If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me? – Lynyrd Skynyd.
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye – Marie Louise De La Ramee.
Say good-bye to Pat, say good-bye to Jack and say good-bye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy – Marilyn Monroe.
Where is the good in goodbye? – Meredith Willson.
She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world – Pearl Jam.
They say money talks, but the only thing it ever says to me is goodbye – Paul Waner.
Good bye, proud world! I’m going home; Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
That money talks I’ll not deny, I heard it once, it said “Goodbye” – Richard Armour.
Can miles truly separate you from friends. If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? – Richard Bach.
Goodbye, goodbye, I hate the word. Solitude has long since turned brown and withered, sitting bitter in my mouth and heavy in my veins – R.M. Grenon.
Keep cold, young orchard. Goodbye and keep cold. / Dread fifty above more than fifty below – Robert Frost.
Goodbye, I never wanna see you again. Goodbye, I don’t want to be your friend and there’s no need for me to stay and lose myself to you. And be abused by you. I don’t need the pain from your mind games. When you try them again, I wont be there for them to work anymore – Save Ferris.
Someday, when we both reminisce we’ll both say, “There wasn’t too much we missed”. and through the tears we’ll smile when we recall we had it all for just a moment – St. Elmo’s Fire.
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.
Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it – Trey Parker.
Not to understand a treasure’s worth till time has stole away the slighted good, is cause of half the poverty we feel, and makes the world the wilderness it is – William Cowper.
Good-bye – good bye, all. It is God’s way. His will, not ours, be done. Nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee – William McKinley.
Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again – William Shakespeare.
So sweetly she bade me adieu, I thought that she bade me return – William Shenstone.
This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. It is, instead, the end of the beginning – Winston Churchill.