How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
~William Shakespeare, "Sonnet XCVII"
Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream.
And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.
What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
~Frances Anne Kemble
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
All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.
~William Shakespeare, "Sonnet XLIII"
Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring,
Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing,
Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove,
Say, is not absence death to those who love?
The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness. ~Norman Cousins
She went her unremembering way,
She went and left in me
The pang of all the partings gone,
And partings yet to be.
Life is so short, so fast the lone hours fly,
We ought to be together, you and I.
~Henry Alford, "You and I" (Thanks, Jenn)
Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart. ~Kay Knudsen
I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, "The Letter"
Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. ~Charles M. Schulz
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell. ~Emily Dickinson, "Parting"
In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
To die and part is a less evil; but to part and live, there, there is the torment. ~George Lansdowne
Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light,
And wish that thou wert by.
One kind kiss before we part,
Drop a tear, and bid adieu;
Though we sever, my fond heart
Till we meet shall pant for you.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. ~William Cowper
Missing you could turn from pain to pleasure, if I knew you were missing me too. ~Author Unknown
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia GhandiGU
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. ~Tryon Edwards