If you are in a long distance relationship, you have probably heard the quote “absence makes the heart grow fonder” too many times to count. Anyone in a long distance relationship knows full and well that this is the last quote they want to hear when they are pining for their loved one.
Because let’s face it – LDRs are a tricky beast full of loneliness, hope, joy, sadness, and waiting. Lots and lots of waiting. For that and every other feeling in between, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite literary quotes that capture the essence of being in a long-distance relationship.
“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
“I exist in two places, here and where you are.” – Margaret Atwood, “Selected Poems”
“I couldn’t have spoken like this yesterday, because when we’ve been apart, and I’m looking forward to seeing you, every thought is burnt up in a great flame. But then you come; and you’re so much more than I remembered, and what I want of you is so much more than an hour or two every now and then, with wastes of thirsty waiting between, that I can sit perfectly still beside you, like this, with that other vision in my mind, just quietly trusting it to come true.” – Edith Wharton, “The Age of Innocence”
“But the heart has its own memory and I have forgotten nothing.” – Albert Camus, “The Fall”
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “Airman’s Odyssey”
“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” – Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” – Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet”
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster, “A Room With a View”
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.” – Rumi
“There was nowhere I could go that wouldn’t be you.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, “Middlesex”
“Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.” – Toni Morrison, “Beloved”
“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
“It hurts to love. It’s like giving yourself to be flayed and knowing that at any moment the other person may just walk off with your skin.” – Susan Sontag
“I will remember your small room, the feel of you, the light in the window, your records, your books, our morning coffee, our noons, our nights, our bodies spilled together, sleeping, the tiny flowing currents, immediate and forever. Your leg, my leg, your arm, my arm, your smile and the warmth of you who made me laugh again.” – Charles Bukowski
“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.” – Jean Paul Sartre
“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there’s a lot of difference.” – Ernest Hemingway
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