Looking for the perfect quote for your love letter, for a gift for your partner, or just to read and contemplate?

Nowadays, the most romantic quotes are just a Google away, but what if you’re looking for a specific long-distance relationship quote for a particular theme, emotion or experience?

This is why I’ve categorised these 100 quotes from famous authors, songwriters, poets and thinkers, so you can quickly find the perfect romantic quote for ANY occasion.

Click to jump to the different categories.

For when you miss your partner

“If you think missing me is hard, you should try missing you.”


 “I’ll hold you in my heart, till I can hold you in my arms.”

Eddy Arnold, American country singer

“With you is where I’d rather be
But we’re stuck where we are
It’s so hard, we’re so far
This long distance is killing me.”

Brandy Norwood, American singer/songwriter – Long Distance

“Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow’s dark array,
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.”

William Shakespeare, English playwright

“Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.”

John Dryden, English poet

“Stumbled through the long goodbye
One last kiss, then catch your flight.”

Taylor Swift, American singer/songwriter – Come Back… Be Here

“I hate the stars because I look at the same ones as you do, without you.”


“I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly.”

Franz Kafka, Novelist

“Together again
It would feel so good to be
In your arms
Where all my journeys end.”

Tracy Chapman, American singer/songwriter – The Promise

“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.”

Joan Didion, American writer

“You say good morning when it’s midnight
Going out of my head, alone in this bed
I wake up to your sunset.”

Simple Plan & Natasha BedingfieldJet Lag

“You realize how much you truly miss someone when something happens, good or bad, and the only person you want to tell is the one person who isn’t there.”


“When you walk away
I count the steps that you take.”

Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer/songwriter – When You’re Gone

“If you need me call me no matter where you are, no matter how far; don’t worry baby.”

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

“I’m miles from where you are
I lay down on the cold ground
And I pray that something picks me up
And sets me down in your warm arms.”

Snow Patrol, Set Fire To The Third Bar

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.”

Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (creator of Peanuts)

“You can love someone so much, but you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

John Green, American novelist

“It’s just another night
And I’m staring at the moon
I saw a shooting star
And thought of you.”

Ed Sheeran, American singer/songwriter – All The Stars

“If I could fall into the sky,
do you think time would pass me by?”

Vanessa Carlton, American singer/songwriter – A Thousand Miles

For when you’re saying goodbye

“That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.”

George Eliot, English novelist

“When you depart from me sorrow abides, and happiness takes his leave.”

William Shakespeare, Engish playwright (Much Ado About Nothing)

“Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.”

Emily Dickinson, American poet

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese writer

“Good friends never say goodbye. They simply say ‘See you soon.”


“The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.”

Edward Thomas, British poet

For the power of love

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller, American author and activist

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved.” 

George Sand, French novelist

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”

Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer

“Love is when you sit beside someone doing nothing, yet you feel perfectly happy.”


“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a a person. And we are finally home.”

Stephanie Perkins, American author

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Dr Seuss, American author

“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.”

Gilbert Parker, Canadian novelist

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

Robert Frost, American poet

“I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more, just to be the man who walks 1000 miles to fall down at your door.”

The Proclaimers, 500 Miles

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

Alfred Tennyson, British poet

“How far do I have to go to get to you?
Many the miles,
But send me the miles and I’ll be happy to follow you, love.”

Sara Bareilles, American singer/songwriter – Many The Miles

“If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world.”

Snow PatrolChasing Cars

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)”

E.E. Cummings, American poet

“No matter how far you are
No matter how long it takes him
Through distance and time
I’ll be waiting.”

Alicia Keys, American singer/songwriter – Distance And Time

“I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

Audrey Hepburn, British actress

“There is a strong wall about me to protect me:
It is built of the words you have said to me.”

Mary Carolyn Davies, American poet

“Love is not about how many days, weeks or months you’ve been together, it’s all about how much you love each other every day.”


“When did your name change from a proper noun to a charm?”

Carol Ann Duffy, British poet

For expressing gratitude

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

Charles Dickens, English author

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

A.A. Milne, British author

“Your absence has not taught me how to be alone; it has merely shown me that when together we cast a single shadow on the wall.”

Doug Fetherling, Canadian poet

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”

Mary Carolyn Davies, American poet

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Emily Brontë, English author – Wuthering Heights

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

“Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars –all the beauties of creation.”

Victor Hugo, French poet

“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.”

A.A. Milne, English writer

“Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that’s beautiful.”

Milan Kundera, Czech novelist

“I never could have accomplished what I have today without the love I feel from you.”


“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist

For when you’re dreaming of them

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright – Peter Pan

“Dream a little dream of me.”

Doris Day, American Actress and singer – Dream A Little Dream Of Me

“Your breath is midnight’s, living, on my skin, across the miles between us, fields and motorways and towns, the million lit-up little homes.”

Carol Ann Duffy, British poet

For heartbreak and breakups

“It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…”

Nicholas Sparks, American novelist – At First Sight

“It is strange how often a heart must be broken
Before the years can make it wise.”

Sara Teasdale, American Poet

“She had loved him for such a long time, she thought. How was it that she did now know him at all?”

Cassandra Clare, American novelist

“Freedom comes when you learn to let go,
Creation comes when you learn to say no.”

Madonna, American singer/songwriter – The Power Of Goodbye

“I wish for you the wisdom to realize that it’s okay to miss something, but not want it back.”

Steve Maraboli, American motivational speaker

“What do you know of my heart?”

Jane Austen, English novelist

“It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.”

Toni Morrison, American novelist

For travelling together

“Here’s to all the places we went. And here’s to all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.”

John Green, American novelist

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

Ernest Hemingway, American novelist

“Love is the food of life, travel is dessert.”


“Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world and go to places that are hard to get to and hard to get out of. And when you come back… and if you’re still in love with that person… get married at the airport.”

Bill Murray, American actor

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure…”

J.R.R. Tolkien, American writer – The Hobbit

“Let me share this whole new world with you.”

Disney’s Aladdin

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”


“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventure should be top priority.”

Richard Branson, English business magnate and philanthropist

“Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”

Walt Whitman, American Poet – Song Of The Open Road

For being strong when you’re apart

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

Ursula Le Guin, American author

“Distance means so little when someone means so much.”

Tom McNeal, American novelist

“Another day without you with me
Is like a blade that cuts right through me
But I can wait
I can wait forever”

Simple PlanI Can Wait Forever

“True love doesn’t mean being inseparable; it means being separated and nothing changes.”


“Obviously, a long-distance relationship is hard. But, like anything worth having, you make it work.”

Leona Lewis, British singer

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

A.A. Milne, English writer

“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.”

Meghan Daum, American author

“There will be times when we’re apart,
I want you to know you’re in my heart,
Growing into a beautiful garden.”

Delta Goodrem, Austrialian singer/songwriter – Out Of The Blue

“But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

A.A. Milne, English author

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

William Shakespeare, English playwright

“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”

Albert Ellis, American psychologist

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis, British writer

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou, American poet

“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”

Lawrence Durrell, British novelist

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”

Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychoanalyst

“Missing someone is a part of loving them. If you’re never apart, you’ll never really know how strong your love is.”


“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.”

Roger De Bussy-Rabutin, French memorist

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”

Thomas Fuller, English writer and historian

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