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What are some good quotes about farewells for my dry erase board?
August 25, 2014 5:52 AM   Subscribe

I'm leaving my current position at my company this week due to a promotion. This requires me to move to another location. I have a dry erase board on which I like to put funny or meaningful quotes. Can you suggest good, pithy quotes about endings, farewells and goodbyes that I can put on it?
posted by inturnaround to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
posted by Tomorrowful at 6:01 AM on August 25 [8 favorites]


Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice... pull down your pants, and slide on the ice.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 6:14 AM on August 25


Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring:

"Alas, [fill in the blank] years is far too short a time to [work] among such excellent and admirable [colleagues]. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
posted by kythuen at 6:16 AM on August 25 [2 favorites]


"Time does not tarry ever,' he said; 'but change and growth is not in all things and places alike. For the Elves the world moves, and it moves both very swift and very slow. Swift, because they themselves change little, and all else fleets by: it is a grief to them. Slow, because they do not count the running years, not for themselves. Yet beneath the Sun all things must wear to an end at last." (Tolkien, FotR)

"Don't be dismayed at good-byes. 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, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)

“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
(Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters)
posted by Wretch729 at 6:24 AM on August 25 [1 favorite]


How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard. --Winnie the Pooh

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you. --Dale Evans

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. --Garrison Keillor
posted by carmicha at 6:37 AM on August 25 [3 favorites]


"...and now for something completely different."
posted by bondcliff at 6:46 AM on August 25 [2 favorites]


So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye. Adieu, adieu to you and you and you and you!
posted by cecic at 6:51 AM on August 25


"I will be spending more time with my family, tending to my small but growing alpaca herd and of course getting back to working with tin, my first love."
posted by thelonius at 7:49 AM on August 25


"Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?"
posted by tckma at 8:42 AM on August 25


"If you see me getting smaller, I'm leaving." (via Waylon Jennings)


"It's time for me to make like a banana and split."
posted by vickyverky at 8:45 AM on August 25


Exit stage left. - Snagglepuss

Exit, pursued by a bear. - Shakespeare
posted by dywypi at 9:16 AM on August 25


"He went like that... like a fist when you open your hand." - Sam Spade
posted by MsMolly at 10:27 AM on August 25


"overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."
posted by bondcliff at 10:35 AM on August 25 [3 favorites]


So long, suckers!
posted by Jess the Mess at 10:58 AM on August 25


"For Sayonara, literally translated, 'Since it must be so,' of all the good-bys I have heard is the most beautiful. Unlike the Auf Wiedershens and Au revoirs, it does not try to cheat itself by any bravado 'Till we meet again,' any sedative to postpone the pain of separation. It does not evade the issue like the sturdy blinking Farewell. Farewell is a father's good-by. It is - 'Go out in the world and do well, my son.' It is encouragement and admonition. It is hope and faith. But it passes over the significance of the moment; of parting it says nothing. It hides its emotion. It says too little. While Good-by ('God be with you') and Adios say too much. They try to bridge the distance, almost to deny it. Good-by is a prayer, a ringing cry. 'You must not go - I cannot bear to have you go! But you shall not go alone, unwatched. God will be with you. God's hand will over you' and even - underneath, hidden, but it is there, incorrigible - 'I will be with you; I will watch you - always.' It is a mother's good-by. But Sayonara says neither too much nor too little. It is a simple acceptance of fact. All understanding of life lies in its limits. All emotion, smoldering, is banked up behind it. But it says nothing. It is really the unspoken good-by, the pressure of a hand, 'Sayonara.'"
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, North to the Orient
posted by introp at 11:33 AM on August 25 [3 favorites]


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
posted by bluloo at 9:59 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


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