Quotations About
partings

Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the blind shadow cast by its absence.

Rick Blaine: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you…
Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I’m going you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now…Here’s looking at you, kid.

Posted in: Casablanca

Young Noah: My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter any more, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you – Noah.

Posted in: The Notebook

Sir Richard: I’m leaving the morning Lady Grantham, I doubt we’ll meet again.
Dowager Countess: Do you promise?

Posted in: Downton Abbey

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849)
Posted in: Alfred Tennyson

Ace Rimmer: Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast.

Posted in: Red Dwarf

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.

"On The Conduct of Life" (1822)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Dearest,
I want to tell you that you have given me complete happiness. No one could have done more than you have done. Please believe that.
But I know that I shall never get over this: and I am wasting your life. It is this madness. Nothing anyone says can persuade me. You can work, and you will be much better without me. You see I can’t write this even, which shows I am right. All I want to say is that until this disease came on we were perfectly happy. It was all due to you. No one could have been so good as you have been, from the very first day till now. Everyone knows that.
V.

Letter to Leonard Woolf (28 March 1941)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death… others through sheer inability to cross the street.

The Waves (1931)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

Sam: Don’t go where I can’t follow.

So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.

Chicago Sun-Times blog entry, "A Leave of Presence", April 2, 2013
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Cosmo Castorini: Birds fly to the stars – I guess.

Posted in: Moonstruck

The Terminator: I’ll be back.

Posted in: The Terminator

Tony Soprano: It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.

Pilot (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: The Sopranos

Danny: You can’t just walk out of a drive-in.

Posted in: Grease

Betsy: Goodnight, Mr. Solverson.
Lou: Goodnight, Mrs. Solverson. And all the ships at sea.

Season 2
Posted in: Fargo (TV)