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42 Best Moving Away Quotes for Saying Goodbye to Friends & Family

Inside: The ultimate list of moving away quotes to express your love and friendship perfectly as you say farewell. Goodbye quotes for friends, family, kids and more.

Life is full of hellos and goodbyes. We even have official functions for them! Going away gifts, parties, or cards are common in our community, especially when we forge hard and fast friendships at those tough-to-love places.

Emotions can get the better of us when it’s time to put our feelings into words, but that’s a great time to borrow someone else’s words. Combine your creativity with these special farewell messages and you can express your love and friendship perfectly as you say goodbye.


40+ Goodbye, Farewell and Moving Away Quotes

Chances are you’ve been looking for the perfect way to say goodbye to that one person. Whether it’s a coworker, family member, or friend, sometimes you can’t figure out the best way to make sure they know how you feel.

Couple hugging at seawall saying goodbye.

Of course, they do know how you feel because they are feeling it too! Here are some great quotes for those in your life, based on your relationship with them.

For Kids

Handmade art is something we all have plenty of, and if it’s time for a move, you may be wondering what to do with the stack of it on your desk or the sheets that are covering the fridge. Repurpose them into a going away gift for your children to give to those they love. If your kids hate saying goodbye to friends, have them include one of these quotes on their favorite piece of artwork.

Kid handmade art ideas to use when creating a moving away message or goodbye message.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -A.A. Milne from Winnie-the-Pooh

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” -J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

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

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” -Dr. Suess

“Truly great friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.” -G. Randolf

Two kids on tiptoes looking out window and saying goodbye.

For Friends

Some friendships are fast and furious. We go from complete strangers on Tuesday to swapping kids for date night on Friday, grilling out on Saturday, and cleaning each other’s bathrooms on Sunday. It can be incredibly hard to leave your friends—your rocks through deployments, hard parenting days, and last-minute schedule changes. These are great goodbye messages for friends, and as you leave, they’ll bring comfort to you both.

Letter board with saying, "What is meant for you won't pass you by."

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” -E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“True friends don’t say good-bye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.” -Unknown

“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

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

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

“I have learned along my journey that letting go doesn’t mean loving less.” -Alex Elle

“At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.” -Unknown

“Even if we can’t be together in the end, I’m glad that you were a part of my life.” -Unknown

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

“Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, though somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends.” -Unknown

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. 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

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” -Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

“I thank you for your part in my journey.” -Unknown

“Though miles may lie between us, We are never far apart, For friendship doesn’t count miles, It’s measured by the heart.” Unknown

Quotes are a great way to share how you feel about someone. Try making them even more personal by creatively presenting them. Consider framing a picture of you and your friends and handwriting a quote on the frame. Or add one to a coffee cup, a wooden plank sign, or even the front of a notebook for journaling.

You know your friends, grab a quote and gift it in a way that will make them smile and think of you despite the distance.

For Family

Our friends often become our family, but we cannot forget those who loved us from the beginning. Our parents, cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles make up a support system that we simply could not make it through this life without. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to live close to them. And then inevitably we are forced to leave—which makes this goodbye even harder.

Person standing at doormat that says Hello and Goodbye

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“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

“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

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

“There are far better things ahead than we ever leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

“You get a strange feeling when you leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you miss the person you are at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.” -Azar Nafasi

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

“You never really leave the place you love. You take part of it with you and leave part of you there.” -Unknown

But for those who have been with us for so long, there’s a special joy in knowing that the relationships can be maintained throughout the moves. That we’ll be reunited again, in good times and sad ones, and that one day, we may choose to move right back home by them.

For Our Spouses

There are times in this life when we face a move without our spouse. Our very reason for traveling the globe doesn’t get to come with us, or we don’t get to go with them. Separation—through deployment, work training, TDY, or whatever—absolutely stinks. But sometimes, having a small token of our affection with them makes it a little bit easier. Here are some ideas for quotes for that special someone.

“I hate the feeling when you have to say goodbye to someone you want to spend every minute with.” -Unknown

“This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” -Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

“Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away.” -Hitch, the movie

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” -Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with another hello.” -Paulo Coehlo


Sentimental and Funny Quotes

Sometimes you just want to smile and laugh, instead of crying over the sadness of an upcoming move. For those moments—and the ones where that same quote will bring a smile to your face—we have a good collection of quotes to make you smile.

Funny quote at airport terminal drop off says, "Kiss and Goodbye. No kisses above 3 mins!"

Some may reference an inside joke and some may play to a specific memory you have, all of them will make you smile.

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

“It takes a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye.” -Unknown

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

“This isn’t personal, Kay. This is business.” -Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” –Clarence The Angel, It’s a Wonderful Life

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

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” –Benjamin Button

“Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful.” — Buddha

“You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be.” Unknown

Whether you’re the one leaving or the one staying behind (this time), be comforted by the words you’ve chosen for your friend, family member or colleague to remember you by. Remember that we are a combination of those whom we have met, and your life is forever changed by your friends, and theirs by you.

Give a quote, give a hug, and give a wave as you embark on a new chapter of your new life adventure.

Quotes to share after goodbye.

If you’re looking for more quotes after you’ve moved away or said farewell, here are some birthday and anniversary quotes to check out:

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  1. I am feeling much blessed to be here and reading your thought provoking blog. It has truly increased my knowledge. I will surely come again and again to overcome my thirst for knowledge.

  2. what to say to your sister from another mister thats moving with her mom and your brother from o=another mother whens hes moving to flordia for good

  3. My best friend is moving away and we won’t be able to go to high school together and I just bombarded her with quotes.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful farewell messages and quotes, I was just looking for a way to say goodbye to my good friend and you truly helped!

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