50 Long Distance Relationship Quotes To Make Your Love Feel Closer

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In his 1850 poem titled "Isle of Beauty," poet Thomas Haynes Bayly wrote, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Ever since, his quote has been a mantra for lovers in long-distance relationships.

If you want to know how you can express your love from a distance, sharing sweet love quotes and sayings like that can go a surprisingly long way.

At some point, one or both of you will find yourselves struggling to justify being in love with someone who is so far away that you have to spend so much time missing each other. Long-distance relationships can be hard for anyone to make work, as the gap between physical separation and emotional connection is one many couples struggle to bridge.

But when all that separation and longing is for the sake of true love, there's no denying it’s worth it. When your connection with another person is that powerful, then you absolutely have to forget about conventional logic and go for it.

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Of course, it always helps to hear from others who’ve gone through that you’re going through now. These 26 heartfelt and inspiring long distance relationship quotes encapsulate the full range of emotions frequent absences can create in a romance.

If the love quotes below resonate with you, know that your love can span continents and beyond.

Here are 50 long distance relationship quotes sure to bring you and your love closer.

Romantic long distance relationship quotes

​1. "Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great." — Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

2. "I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you." ― Jonathan Safran Foer​

3. "I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)." — E.E. Cummings

4. "If you listen to the wind very carefully, you'll be able to hear me whisper my love for you." ― Andrew Davidson

5. "Love is missing someone when you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in the heart." — Kay Knudsen

6. "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

7. ​"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." — A.A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"

8. "Love knows no distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars." — Gilbert Parker

9. “I can bear the distance but cannot imagine a life without you. For you I will go through the distance and the heartaches. You are my one and only.” — Montana Lee

10. “Morning without you is dwindled dawn.” — Emily Dickinson

11. “All the while, believe me, I prayed our night would last twice as long.” — Sappho

12. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” — Mahatma Gandhi

13. "I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love in the years we were apart." — Nicholas Sparks

14. "The value of love is slowly lost when we have way too much. There is just no time to appreciate it. It is in times of separation and distance that you truly understand the meaning of love." — Tiffany Health

15. "Being close is the first and last desire of lovers, but being far and loving each other without an inch’s difference is the characteristic of real love." — Senora Ray

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Relatable long distance relationship quotes

16. “The scariest thing about distance is you don’t know if they’ll miss you or forget about you.” — Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook"

17. "I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance." ― Steve Maraboli

18. "Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age." — John Dryden​

19. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

20. "If love cannot stand the test of time, then it has failed the test of love." — Bernard Byer

21. "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

22. "Love is what you’ve been through with somebody." — James Thurber

23. “Sometimes I just sit in front of the computer dreaming. I have food in front of me but no appetite to eat it. All because my heart misses you and my mind is dreaming about you.” — Sandra Toms

24. "That is when time stands still – when you watch the one you love, walk away." — Mallika Nawal

25. “Does distance really matter? You love your favorite actor, drool for your favorite singer and await patiently for the next art from your favorite artist or writer. Why not the one you love?” — Jane Morsel

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Quotes on making long distance relationships work

26. "Contrary to what the cynics say, 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." — Meghan Daum

27. "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

28. "Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it." ― Aristotle

29. "Our separation of each other is an optical illusion of consciousness." — Albert Einstein

30. "Waiting does not bother me, nor does the distance that is cropping up between us. All I want is a true commitment and to know that your heart will never change." — Unknown

31. "In true love, the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged." — Hans Nouwens

32. "Absence sharpens love. Presence strengthens it." — Thomas Fuller

33. "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. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough." — Meghan Daum

34. "In many ways, the art of love is largely the art of persistence." — Albert Ellis

35. "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." — Saint-Exupery

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Missing you quotes for couples in long distance relationships

36. "And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." — Khalil Gibran

37. "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

38. "This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles and mountains away." — Erica Jong​

39. "Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches." — Miguel de Cervantes

40. "I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal." — Vita Sackville-West

41. "As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence." — Alcibiades

42. "Some of the toughest things in this world are to really want someone and not have them around you. Those are the times when you don't know what to do. All you can do is wait." — Unknown

43. "It’s not the distance that’s the enemy, but the endless time I have to wait to hold you in my arms." — Livius Besski

44. "The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence." — Edward Thomas

45. "But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby." — Lemony Snicket

46. "Time is the longest distance between two places." — Tennesse Williams

47. "I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him." — Jodi Picoult

48. "When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone." — Robert Brault

49. "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

50. "I want to be with you. It’s as simple, as as complicated as that." — Charles Bukowski

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