C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The divorced were never truly married.

J. L. Basford.

Short retirement urges sweet return.


The relations of all living end in separation.


Short absence quickens love.


There exists no cure for a heart wounded with the sword of separation.


Indifferent souls never part; impassioned souls part, and return to one another.

Mme. Swetchine.

For since mine eyes your joyous sight did miss, my cheerful day is turned to cheerless night.


  • Thy soul***
  • Is as far from my grasp, is as free,
  • As the stars from the mountain-tops be,
  • As the pearl in the deaths of the sea,
  • From the portionless king that would wear it.
  • E. C. Stedman.

  • The limner’s art may trace the absent feature,
  • And give the eye of distant weeping faith
  • To view the form of its idolatry;
  • But oh! the scenes ’mid which they met and parted;
  • The thoughts—the recollections sweet and bitter,—
  • Th’ Elysian dreams of lovers, when they loved,—
  • Who shall restore them?
  • Maturin.

    O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, leave not the mansion so long tenantless; lest, growing ruinous, the building fall and leave no memory of what it was!


    When loving hearts are separated, not the one which is exhaled to heaven, but the survivor, it is which tastes the sting of death.

    Duchess de Praslin.

    When two loving hearts are torn asunder, it is a shade better to be the one that is driven away into action than the bereaved twin that petrifies at home.

    Charles Reade.

    I quit Paris unwillingly, because I must part from my friends; and I quit the country unwillingly, because I must part from myself.