Longing, Love, and Separation: Quotes and Sayings

Love and Separation Quotes

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then these quotes and sayings about separation should tug at your heartstrings.

Marriage separation and separation of love quotes are great to use in a text during a business trip, in a Valentine’s Day card, or even on a Post It note in a briefcase.

Here are some of our favorite separation quotes:

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

Khalil Gibran

“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.”

Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

“Ocean separates lands, not souls.”

Munia Khan

Separation love quotes

“We love because we can lose. If there was no threat of separation, no death to shake us to our core, we probably wouldn’t love much at all.”

Donna Lynn Hope 

“I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.”

Nicholas Sparks, Dear John 

“I said uselessly, “Sam, don’t go.”

Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes. His eyes were yellow, sad, wolf, mine.

“These stay the same. Remember that when you look at me. Remember it’s me. Please.”

– Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

“And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.”

Pablo Neduda

Marriage separation quotes

“How she might have felt had there been no Captain Wentworth in the case, was not worth enquiry; for there was a Captain Wentworth: and be the conclusion of the present suspense good or bad, her affection would be his forever. Their union, she believed, could not divide her more from other men, than their final separation.”

Jane Austen, Persuasion

“I think we just start, so it will be easy to get rid of you. But it’s not. No matter hard I try.”

Yuli Pritania, On(c)e

“Love me even when I’ve lost my way;Untethered, adrift, astray. I will follow your whispers like breadcrumbs. And in that way, I will always find the path back to the sweet harbor of your arms.”

Margeret Moss Painter

Marriage separation quotes

“Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.”

Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

“The scariest thing about distance is you don’t know if they’ll miss you or forget about you.”

Nicholas Sparks

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart).”


“If you listen to the wind very carefully, you’ll be able to hear me whisper my love for you.”

Andrew Davidson

“I don’t cry because we’ve been separated by distance, and for a matter of years. Why? Because for as long as we share the same sky and breathe the same air, we’re still together.”

Donna Lynn Hope

“I’ll never see them again. I know that. And they know that. And knowing this, we say farewell.”

Haruki Murakami

Separation Quotes

“I still wake with your name on my lips every morning.”

Melina Marchetta

“It is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity, But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.”

Oscar Wilde

“Getting out of a marriage is rough, though, and not just for the legal / financial complications or the massive lifestyle upheaval. (As my friend Deborah once advised me wisely: “Nobody ever died from splitting up furniture.”) It’s the emotional recoil that kills you, the shock of stepping off the track of a conventional lifestyle and losing all the embracing comforts that keep so many people on that track forever.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“Life isn’t about falling in love as much as it is about learning to get over hatred..”

Sanhita Baruah

That is when time stands still - when you watch the one you love, walk away

“That is when time stands still – when you watch the one you love, walk away.”

Mallika Nawal

“We are like puzzle pieces who are perfectly suited to make a giant picture together, but we are assembling ourselves in the dark.”

Vironika Tugaleva

“It was curious how quiet that last evening was; as if I had already left, and we were just two ghosts talking to each other.”

John Fowles

“You know deep down something is over a long time before you face it and do something about it. In bed, as in life, we pass through endless little deaths and wake reborn from them to start again. This is what it is to be human.”

Chloe Thurlow

“You cannot force things apart that are bound at the heart.”

Ashly Lorenzana