What long distance relationship quotes do you turn for reassurance or inspiration on lonely days? Where do you look for a guiding light when the distance seems overwhelming?
A good quote is a powerful thing. So much nostalgia, longing, and tenderness can be telegraphed in just a few words. A long distance relationship quote that’s just a couple of sentences long can be the match that kindles fresh inspiration or determination. Two lines can sometimes articulate thoughts and feelings you’re finding hard to pin down, or grant you new perspective. They can thrill you with that singular relief that only comes from feeling completely understood.
A good quote will shiver through you on some deep level—as if the words have struck a large bronze bell in your soul.
Here are some of my favorites quotes for long distance relationships. Some of them are sad, some poignant, some inspiring. These classic long distance relationship quotes have all rung that bronze bell for me at some point during my (many) years of being in a long distance relationship.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.Thomas Fuller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller
If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love.Bernard Byer
Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.Meghan Daum
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)e.e. cummings
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.Barbara Kingsolver
It seemed that we loved each other better when there were large swaths of two continents between us. The daily work of love was often hard to perform at home.Aleksandar Hemon
When your absence is felt, your presence is the essence and it makes a difference.Michael Bassey Johnson
If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.Michael Bassey Johnson
Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her.
To feel that I have lost her.
To hear the immense night, still more immense without her. Pablo Neruda
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.Khalil Gibran
The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.Edward Thomas
Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.James Thurber
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.Frank Lloyd Wright
Definition of a long distance relationship: “Inconveniently the most effective way to find out if you really love each other.unknown
But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby.Lemony Snicket
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.Edna St. Vincent Millay
Long distance relationships are hard, but they’re also incredible. If you can love, trust, respect, and support each other from a distance then you’ll be unstoppable once you’re physically together.unknown
I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal.”Vita Sackville-West
That is when time stands still – when you watch the one you love, walk away.Mallika Nawal
When you come back you will not be you.
And I may not be I.E.M. Forster
Time is the longest distance between two places.Tennesse Williams
I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love in the years we were apart.Nicholas Sparks
Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.Ed Sheeran
This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles and mountains away.Erica Jong
What I have with you is worth it. It is worth every lonely night, every tear I cry from missing you, and the pain I feel from not having you close. It is worth it because you are my one and only. When I picture myself years from now, I see only you. No matter how painful distance can be, not having you in my life would be worse.Unknown
In many ways, the art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis
If distance were measured in terms of the heart we’d never be more than a minute apart. Unknown
Love is not finding someone to live with. It’s finding someone you can’t live without.Rafael Ortiz
Your absence has not taught me how to be alone, it merely has shown that when together we cast a single shadow on the wall.Doug Fetherling
Come what sorrow can
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
That one short minute gives me in her sight.Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet
I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.A.A. Milne - Winnie The Poo
I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.Jodi Picoult
I found that I missed him the more he was absent from my life, and the more I missed him, the more I loved him. Donna Lynn Hope
The value of love is slowly lost when we have way too much. There is just no time to appreciate it. It is in times of separation and distance that you truly understand the meaning of love. Tiffany Health
I love no one but you, I have discovered, but you are far away and I am here alone. Then this is my life and maybe, however unlikely, I’ll find my way back there. Or maybe, one day, I’ll settle for second best. And on that same day, hell will freeze over, the sun will burn out and the stars will fall from the sky.Lemony Snicket
Being close is the first and last desire of lovers, but being far and loving each other without an inch’s difference is the characteristic of real love.Senora Ray
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.Saint-Exupery
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.Colley Cibbe
If you think missing me is hard, you should try missing you.Unknown
Love is begun by time
And time qualifies the spark and fire of it.Shakespeare - Hamlet
It is a risk to love.
What if it doesn’t work out?
Ah, but what if it does?Peter McWilliams
The harder the fight, the greater the victory.Chris Burkmenn
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.Henry Ford
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.Erica Jong
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.Helen Keller
Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.Alexandra Stoddard
Time is the longest distance between two places.Tennesse Williams
Love will travel as far as you let it. It has no limits.Author unknown
Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.Kay Knudson
I want to be with you. It’s as simple, as as complicated as that.Charles Bukowski
I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.Albert Einstein
I wonder why people still underestimate the authenticity of long distance relationships. I fell in love with his soul before I could even touch his skin. If that isn’t true love, then please tell me what is. Unknown
Be the success story you’re looking for. Be the ones to survive your long distance relationship. Be the inspiration for others to follow.Dee King
When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone.Robert Brault
Without a single thought, two hands collide and the world finally makes sense again.Kayla Dawn
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.La Rochefoucauld
Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. Leo Buscaglia
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.Helen Keller
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.Lao Tzu
Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.Loretta Young
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.Rainer Maria Rilke
The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.Lawrence Durrell
The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.Thich Nhat Hanh
I exist in two places, here and where you are.Margaret Atwood
Missing you gets easier everyday because even though I am one day further from the last time I saw you, I am one day closer to the next time I will see you.Unknown
**Most of the long distance quote images on this page were designed using photographs by MoreAltitude.