30 Quotes About the Loss of a Friend

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Like many, we're suckers for a good quote--especially quotes about grief. We've shared many grief quotes in the past, but never quotes about the loss of a friend. But lately, this topic has hit a little closer to home due to personal losses over the last few years. So, when we received requests for quotes about friend loss, we knew we had to put a list together. 

As an aside, we've always felt it important to address grief over the loss of a friend. Unfortunately, this significant loss is often disenfranchised, and grieving friends sometimes feel their pain is minimized or overlooked. If you're grieving the loss of a friend, we've written a few articles that you may find helpful  

30 Quotes About the Loss of a Friend

"Man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence." ~ Joseph Roux.

“The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one” ~ Seneca

“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day” ~ Mitch Albom

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

"You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes you meet those people you can't forget. Those are your friends." ~ Mark Twain

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ~ Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams... that is where you and I shall meet.” ~ Lewis Carrol

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." ~ Khalil Gibran

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"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

"’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” ~ Bob Marley

“Even the best of friends cannot attend each other’s funeral” ~ Kehlog Albran

“Every deceased friend is a magnet drawing us into another world” ~ Eliza Cook

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~ A.A. Milne

“Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.” ~ Aristophanes

“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

“It hurt because it mattered.” ~ John Green

"Good God! How often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part." ~ Alexander Pope

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“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

"You cannot stop loving your friend because he's dead, especially if he was better than anyone alive, you know?" ~ J.D. Salinger

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

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” ~ Alfred Tennyson

“We laughed until we had to cry. And we loved right down to our last goodbye. We were the best." ~ David Foster

“I can’t remember all the times I told myself to hold on to these moments as they pass.” ~ Counting Crows

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” ~ Stephen King

"Friends fill time in our lives that will be vacant when they die." ~ Helen Fitzgerald.

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly-that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp” ~ Anne Lamott

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” ~ Rumi

“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” ~ George Eliot

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  1. Richard L  September 26, 2023 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Friends are gifts that help us through this journey that we are all on together. Friends are so special that when their journey is over here on earth they take pieces of us with them. That is good because they also leave pieces of themselves with us. So carry their Love and memories with happiness knowing how lucky you both were to have shared time together.

  2. Ginger Blessing  April 22, 2022 at 9:51 am Reply

    “Since your eyes have closed, mine will never cease to cry.”

    I don’t know where this quote came from. A classmate shared it with me when my daughter Tracy died. 1971-1989


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