50 Long Distance Relationship Quotes That Are Sure to Strengthen Your Bond

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To put it simply, long distance relationship quotes are important, because long distance relationships are not for the faint of heart. Sure, they bring the exhilaration of reuniting after too long a time apart, but at the worst of times,  you’re sure to feel the lonely chill of prolonged absence and uncertainty. 

For all of humanity’s modern amenities like video chats, instant messaging, and the common phone call, the fact remains: there are zero substitutes for the real thing. Why not? The one you’re meant to be with needs to actually be with you for it to truly feel special. 

Chances are, if you’re in a long distance relationship you can use all the extra support and inspiration in the world. Thankfully, the experiences of others who have walked the path before us never fail to provide much needed perspective. Sometimes, encountering the right words at the right time can make all the difference in the world. 

Take it from the voices of wisdom captured in the quotes below: no matter what the naysayers may say, long distance relationships can work. Whether or not they do depends on the nature of your bond, the daily details, and how you deal. 

The following long distance relationship quotes will help you see the bright side when you’re struggling, and remind you how fortunate you are to have someone to love, even if you don’t get to see them enough. Whether you’re feeling lonely, sad about a fast-approaching goodbye, or mired in doubt and in need of a fresh perspective, these are for you.

Sad long distance relationship quotes

Sometimes, we simply need to feel our feelings, even if that means feeling sad. Sometimes, as they say, the only way out is through. Rather than suppress your sadness, consider acknowledging it fully (with the help of the quotes below), so that you might cast it off and make way for better things.

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

Charles M. Schulz

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

Kahlil Gibran

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

George Eliot

“Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.” 

Miguel de Cervantes

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

Unknown

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“But nothing makes a room feel emptier than wanting someone in it.” 

Calla Quinn

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

John Dryden 

“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

“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

Romantic long distance quotes

Maybe you’ve found your soulmate or your twin flame, and enduring the distance (whether short or long term) is incredibly worth it. That doesn’t mean you won’t go through challenging periods when you question your circumstances. These are for you.

“I exist in two places, here and where you are.” 

Margaret Atwood

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

E.E. Cummings

“I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.” 

Nicholas Sparks

“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

“We were together even when we were apart.” 

Shannon A. Thompson

“If you listen to the wind very carefully, you’ll be able to hear me whisper my love for you.” 

Andrew Davidson

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

Gilbert Parker

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

Aristotle

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

Edward Thomas

“It’s been a year and 3 months since we’ve kissed, and I would rather have the ghost of his mouth on my lips than kiss anyone else.”

Alisha Khan

Surviving long distance relationship quotes

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Human beings are very resilient by nature, which means we possess a wide range of emotional coping abilities. The following quotes are meant to help you harness your strength in order to hold onto those things that are worth it in life and come out on the other side whole, healthy, and more loving than ever. 

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

Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

“Distance is not for the fearful, it’s 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 who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.” 

Meghan Daum

“Distance unites missing beats of two hearts in love.” 

– Munia Khan

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” 

Thomas Fuller

“Distance between two people is inconsequential when their souls are united.” 

Matshona Dhliwayo

“I don’t cry because we’ve been separated by distance, and for a matter of years. Why? Because for as long as we share the same sky and breathe the same air, we’re still together.” 

Donna Lynn Hope

“If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love.” 

Bernard Byer

“We are the perfect couple, we’re just not in the perfect situation.” 

Unknown

“Definition of a long distance relationship: Inconveniently the most effective way to find out if you really love each other.” 

Unknown

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.” 

Ed Sheeran

How to make a long distance relationship work?

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As much as you may want your long distance relationship to work, there are bound to be days when you question the logic of the entire equation. Particularly if you are someone who likes to know outcomes in advance, the many uncertainties inherent in a long distance relationship (particularly in the age of Covid), can get overwhelming fast. The following quotes offer a little inspiration on how, logistically, you might really make this thing work.

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

Albert Ellis

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

Helen Keller

“Distance teaches us to appreciate the days that we are able to spend together and distance teaches us the definition of patience. It is a reminder that every moment together is special, and every second should be cherished.” 

Unknown

“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

“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

“My dear, I think of you always and at night I build myself a warm nest of things I remember and float in your sweetness till morning.” 

Zelda Fitzgerald

“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

“No matter where I am, no matter where I go, your heart is my northern light, I will always find my way home.” 

Michael Kilby

Motivational quotes for long distance relationships

Sometimes, we start out feeling invincible in the face of distance. Sometimes, it seems nothing can stop us or get in the way. But other times, we get tired, we doubt our resolve, we wonder about our choices, and we ask ourselves if we are making things harder than they need to be. The following quotes are meant to revive your motivation: because if it’s worth it, you already know.

“Love will travel as far as you let it. It has no limits.” 

Dee King

“As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence.” 

Alcibiades

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

Charles Dickens

“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.” 

Steve Maraboli

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

Unknown

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

Tom McNeal

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

A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy—I am telling you it is going to be worth it.”

Art Williams

“Love is not finding someone to live with. It’s finding someone you can’t live without.” 

Rafael Ortiz

“You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having.” 

Frank Lloyd Wright

The bottom line 

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Love doesn’t come easy in this world. When you meet someone who you love and who loves you, doubt becomes peripheral at best. 

While it can be a real challenge to work out the details of a long distance relationship in a way that feels livable and bearable, even amid uncertainty about the future, it’s important to remember that sometimes the greatest love stories are those with the thickest plots! Sometimes the path has to curve again and again before it leads you to where you’re going.

So read the above long distance relationship quotes. Let them sink in. And take heart in the fact that love— whether near or far—can survive even the greatest distance. Just a few words from them can help you feel far from the same person, and instead makes you feel more alive than you’d otherwise be. Life is short, and there’s no time to champion convenience at the cost of a relationship that makes your soul sing. You got this. Now re-read those long distance relationship quotes, and in just no time at all, you’ll feel the smallest distance.

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