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Thoughts on Friendship and Leaving

"It's by chance we met, by choice we became friends."

"I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you."

"You asked me once what I would remember this and much more."

"Don't cry because you are leaving, smile because you were there."

"Somehow I know we'll meet again. Not sure quite where and I don't know just when. You're in my heart, so until then it's time for saying goodbye."

"A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends."

"Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, though somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends."

"Friendships that last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from them."

"A friend appreciates the good in you, overlooks the worst in you, and brings out the best in you."

"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart."

"If you can count on one hand five good friends, then you are lucky."

"In junior high school, who you are is defined less by who you are than by who is the person next to you."

"It's really amazing when two strangers become the best of friends, but it's really sad when the best of friends become two strangers."

"Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that's how I'll remember you. If you can only remember me in sadness and tears, then don't remember me at all."

"It's not the days in life we remember, rather the moments."

"Moving on is simple. It's what we leave behind that's hard."

"There is an end to all things no matter how much we want to hold on to them."

"This is the time to remember because it will not last forever; these are the days to hold on to because we won't although we'll want to."

"All good things must come to an end, but I wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way or with any other people."

"Never say goodbye because on one sunny day we will meet again."

"We have known each other our whole lives and now we will go our separate ways. Some will remember and some will forget each other, but we will always have a part of each other inside us."

"I can't remember all the times I told myself to hold on to these moments as they pass."

"Sometimes in life there is not enough time to say all the things we need to say, and when it is all over all we can say is goodbye."

"Don't ever tell anyone anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

"Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say is what counts."

"I cannot say goodbye to those whom I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime, and will never know a goodbye."

"I hate when things are over because so much is left undone."

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

"Tell me you'll never forget me, because if I thought you would, I would never leave."

"And we're back together again, and I'm never gonna lose you as a friend."

"A true friend is someone who thinks you're a good egg, even though they know you're slightly cracked."

"As I saw the morning star come up over the mountains, I realized that life is simply a collection of memories. But memories are like starlight they live on forever."

"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

"We've shared our happiness and we've shared our fears. We've shared so many things throughout the years. And when the times were hard we were by each other's side. You were there to make me laugh when I cried."

"Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. We'll take the best, forget the rest, and someday will find that these are the best of times."

- Styx - "Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend."

"When I look back now, that summer seemed to last forever, and if I had the choice, I'd always want to be there, those were the best days of my life."

"And so I close now, realizing that the ending has not yet been written."

"A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in silence."

"There's people you've known forever, who like know you in this way that other people can't. Because they've seen you change. They've let you change."

"'Remember everything' she said 'when only memory remains.'"

"We have a strange and wonderful relationship. You're strange and I'm wonderful, or should I be strange and you be wonderful?"

"Don't let distance get in the way. Hold on to your friendship for it will be there forever."

"No one knows the exact moment when a friendship is formed, but it is this silent forgotten moment that causes the pain when we must say goodbye."

"A friend is someone who reaches out for your hand and touches your heart."

"I'd always thought we'd be friends forever. Well, forever just got a lot shorter than I expected."

"We laughed until we had to cry, we loved right down to our last goodbye, we were the best."

"Odd how much it hurts when a friend moves away and leaves behind only silence."

"So, old friends, now it's time to start growing up, taking charge, seeing things as they are, facing facts, not escaping them, still with dreams, just reshaping them, growing up."

"How do you keep the past behind when it keeps finding ways to get to your heart? It reaches way down deep and tears you inside out till you're torn apart."

"To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world."

"Even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are and what you mean to me."

"And all at once, you look across a crowded room, you see an old pal of yours, but suddenly you feel like you're seeing him for the first time, and that's when you realize that you will never be the same again."

"The hardest part of loving someone is saying goodbye."

"If you cry when we part we'll never see each other again, but if we do not cry we'll remember forever the days of sunlight and laughter, and be brought together in our memories."

"We started here together and now we're leaving the same way. The funny thing is you never appreciate what you had yesterday until it is gone today."

"It's okay to need each other. That's what makes us strong. That's what makes us human."

"I feel like I don't need to say goodbye, I just have this feeling like I'll see you again soon."

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud."

"Never shall I forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours."

"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same."

"A real friend steps in when the rest of the world steps out."

"You have been my friends. That in itself is a tremendous thing."

"I always knew that when I looked back on the times I cried I would smile. But I never knew that when I looked back on the times I smiled I would cry."

"My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my desperation."

"One day at a time, this is enough. Don't look back and grieve over the past for it is gone. Do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering."

"Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone."

"Never let a memory become stronger than a dream."

"Once you are my friend, I am responsible for you."

"I've learned that goodbyes will always hurt, pictures will never replace being there, thanks is a feeble word, memories forget the hard times, words can never replace feelings, and heroes often go unsung."

"You know a friend is found when you are happy to see them. You know love is found when it hurts to leave them."

"And Pooh gave Christopher Robin the biggest Pooh hug he could because he knew that goodbyes were not Far Away."

"They all said "Hallo" and felt awkward and unhappy suddenly, because it was sort of a goodbye they were saying, and they didn't want to think about it. So they stood around and waited for someone else to speak, and they nudged each other, and said "Go on"..."

"Be sure to put the knocker fairly low on your door in case a very small friend drops by."

"Certain things they should stay the way they are. You should be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway."

"It's funny. No matter how hard you try, you can't close your heart forever. And the minute you open it up, you never know what's going to come in. But when it does, you've just got to go for it, cause if you don't, there's no point in being here."

"I know we'll be friends for life, sharing our dreams together. As we walk down the road, we'll never think twice, these memories are made forever. And though we're off to different worlds, somehow we're together...because deep within our heart...these memories are made forever."

"Memories may be beautiful and yet what's too painful to remember we simply choose to forget. So it's the laughter we'll remember when we remember the way we were."

"I don't remember who met who first. I just remember all of us being friends."

"It was the end of something simple and the beginning of everything else."

"I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I've learned that heroes are people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I've learned that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love."

"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."

"A friend is someone you want to be around when you feel like being alone."

"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face us with the reality of our powerlessness. That is a friend who cares."

"It's one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

"It doesn't matter if you have five friends or five-thousand friends. When it all comes down to it, popularity means nothing. All that matters is that you know those five will be there holding your hand, as the five-thousand walk by."

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints in your heart and we are never the same."

"Everyone hears what you say; friends listen to what you say; best friends listen to what you don't say."

"Some acquaintances sweep into and out of your life like a storm. The true friends are those who, like the sunshine, wait behind the clouds for a chance to shine through."

"All I want in this life is to matter to somebody like you matter to me and to change somebody's life like you have changed mine. I want to be the kind of person that somebody can count on, the kind that somebody always knows will know just what to say. I want to be as special to somebody - someday - as you have been to me each and every day."