Monochrome Photo pf Couple Holding Hands

170+ Best Long Distance Relationship Quotes to Stay Connected

Long-distance couples know better than anyone that a long-distance love is special and riddled with many highs and lows. However, despite the difficult times, there is nothing compared to the beautiful feeling of reuniting with a lover. The hardest part of making a long-distance relationship work is finding ways to stay connected with loved ones while so far apart and keep a great relationship alive. Use the long-distance quotes below to find inspirational quotes that curb pangs of sadness or a love quote to share with a boyfriend or girlfriend when missing them.

Encouraging Long-Distance Relationship Quotes

“In true love, the smallest distance is too great and the greatest distance can be bridged.”

-Hands Nouwens

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

-Steve Maraboli

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

-Unknown

“Be the success story you’re looking for. Be the ones to survive your long-distance relationship. Be the inspiration for others to follow.”

-Dee King

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

-Helen Keller

Love Quotes

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

-e.e. cummings

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

-Frank Lloyd Wright

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.”

-Kay Knudson

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder.”

-Thomas Haynes Bayly

“I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.”

-Julia Roberts

“If you found that one person who is really worth the sacrifices, pain, and hardships then your efforts will not go to waste.”

-Anna Agoncillo

“Ocean separates lands, not souls.”

-Munia Khan

“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.”

-Seneca Roy

“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.”

-Erica Jong

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

-Doug Fetherling

“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

“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

“Some people can be so close to you even if physically far, they walk with you and stay near in every moment of your life.”

-Senora Roy

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

-Helen Keller

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me… every day.”

-Nicholas Sparks

“Missing you gets easier every day because even though I am one day further from the last time I saw you, I am one day closer to the next time I will see you.”

-Unknown

“Happiness comes as the result of conflict, resolution, and growth— as the result of having to work at something.”

-Chrissy Stockton

Love Quotes

“In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart.”

-Unknown

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”

-Tennessee Williams

“I wonder why people still underestimate the authenticity of long-distance relationships. I fell in love with her soul before I could even touch her skin. If that isn’t true love, then please tell me what is.”

-Unknown

“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

“No matter how far you manage to go, distance will never be able to erase those beautiful memories. There is so much goodness that we shared together.”

-Lucy Aims

“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

“Distance cannot matter— ours is a friendship of the heart.”

-Mary Anne Radmacher

“Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.”

-Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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

-Munia Khan

“Distance is to love like wind is to fire…it extinguishes the small and kindles the great!”

-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

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

-Bernard Byer

“True love will triumph in the end— which may or may not be a lie, but if it is a lie, it’s the most beautiful lie we have.”

-John Green

“What’s meant to be will always find a way.”

-Trisha Yearwood

“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”

-Michael Bassey Johnson

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.”

-John Burroughs

“Even when you are miles away, if you love someone more than anything, you can feel them when you close your eyes as if your souls are together as one.”

-Karen Kostyla

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

-Dee King

“Can miles truly separate? If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?”

-Richard Bach

“We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”

-Cornel West

“Growth in love comes from a place of absence, where the imagination is left to its own devices and creates you to be much more than reality would ever allow.”

-Coco J. Ginger

“The road to a friend’s house is never too long.”

-Danish Proverb

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”

-Steven Wright

“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”

-Robert Southey

“There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.”

-Dodinsky

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”

-Victor Borge

“Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.”

-Aristotle

“A love that lasts a lifetime requires work for a lifetime.”

-Rosie Ravenstein

Love Quotes

“We only part to meet again.”

-John Gay

“There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound.”

-Diana Cortes

“Maybe, it’s not the distance that’s the problem, but how you handle it.”

-David Leviathan

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”

-Chinese Proverb

“Sorrow comes in great waves but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”

-Henry James

“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

-John Wooden

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.”

-Indian Proverb

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”

-Jean de La Bruyere

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

-Martin Luther King

“When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.”

-Malcolm S. Forbes

“Distance is a bad excuse for not having a good relationship with somebody. It’s the determination to keep it going or let it fall by the wayside; that’s the real reason that the relationships continue.”

-James McAvoy

“I want to be with you. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.”

-Charles Bukowski

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

-Art Williams

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

-John Lennon

“We were together even when we were apart.”

-Shannon A. Thompson

“Missing someone can hurt. But when you know they are yours forever, negativity it helps avert.”

-Trishna Damodar

“Come what sorrow can / It cannot countervail the exchange of joy / That one short minute gives me in her sight.”

-Shakespeare

“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”

-A.A. Milne

“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.”

-Simone Biles

Love Quotes

“The harder the fight, the greater the victory.”

-Chris Burkmenn

“Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.”

-Alexandra Stoddard

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

-Henry Ford

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

-Tom McNeal

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

-Albert Einstein

“Once trust is built, distance cannot kill it. Time and space alone cannot destroy authentic connection.”

-Vironika Tugaleva

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

-Unknown

“Being in a long-distance relationship forces you to learn to communicate well, and there is no other skill more essential to long-term relationship success.”

-Lisa McKay

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”

-Robert H. Schuller

Nostalgic Long-Distance Relationship Quotes

“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

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

-Edward Thomas

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

-Unknown

“Maybe they’re thinking about you too.”

-Connor Franta

Love Quotes

“No matter how painful distance can be, not having you in my life would be worse.”

-Unknown

“When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone.”

-Robert Brault

“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

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

-Andrew Davidson

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.”

-Claudia Adrienne Grandi

“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

“His eyes missed her as much as the rest of him.”

-Rainbow Rowell

“And if I cannot be in your life, then at least let me live in your heart.”

-Ranata Suzuki

“But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby.”

-Lemony Snicket

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.”

-Washington Irving

“And I can’t get you out of my mind, God knows how hard I’ve tried.”

-Toni Braxton

“She affected me, even when she was absent.”

-Shannon A. Thompson

“But I think of you. Sometimes. In the way that one might think of the summer sunshine on a winter night.”

-Sreesha Divakaran

“So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds its way back to you.”

-Ranata Suzuki

“What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you.”

-Richard Wilbur

“I missed talking to you, and playing with you, and touching you, and seeing your smile. I missed just… sitting next to you. I’ve never missed anyone or anything that much.”

Mila Ferrera

Love Quotes

“When your absence is felt, your presence is the essence and it makes a difference.”

-Michael Bassey Johnson

“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

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

-Margaret Atwood

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

-Sappho

“I miss you even more than I could have believed, and I was prepared to miss you a good deal.”

-Vita Sackville-West

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

-Alishah Khan

Powerful Long-Distance Love Quotes

“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

“The distance may be far and wide but my heart can cover them all. The space between us is so much more but you should know that I love you so!”

-Linda Roy

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

-Mahatma Gandhi

“If need be, you can live in my heart…rent-free…all utilities included.”

-Grace Nagar

“My heart is your home, wherever in the world you are – you will always have a place to stay.”

-K.A. Hill

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined, to strengthen each other, to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

-Unknown

“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.”

-Ting Stores

“If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”

-C.S. Lewis

Love Quotes

“This may be the last time I see you, but if you keep me in your heart, together we shall be eternal; if you believe, we shall never part.”

-Ben Harper

“I found that I missed him the more he was absent from my life, and the more I missed him, the more I loved him.”

-Donna Lynn Hope

“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

“I love no one but you, I have discovered, but you are far away and I am here alone. Then this is my life and maybe, however unlikely, I’ll find my way back there. Or maybe, one day, I’ll settle for second best. And on that same day, hell will freeze over, the sun will burn out and the stars will fall from the sky.”

-Lemony Snicket

“I know we loved each other, but distance can do strange things to people and before I was willing to tell you about it, I wanted to be certain that it would last.”

-Nicholas Sparks

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

-Emily Bronte

“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

“It is a risk to love. What if it doesn’t work out? Ah, but what if it does.”

-Peter McWilliams

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

-Khalil Gibran

“You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”

-Paul Walker

“Sometimes you have to be apart from the people you love but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.”

-Nicholas Sparks

“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

“I’m never going to forget you and I’m never going to stop talking about you. I love you, and it doesn’t matter that you’re gone, because I’m going to keep your memory alive.”

-Holly Riordan

Love Quotes

“Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”

-James Thurber

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

-C.S. Lewis

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

-Nicholas Sparks

“In many ways, the art of love is largely the art of persistence.”

-Albert Ellis

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

-Rafael Ortiz

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

-Colley Cibbe

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

-Lao Tzu

“Love knows no distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.”

-Gilbert Parker

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

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

-Unknown

“We may have started as individuals, but now we are as one.”

-Bryon Pulsifer

“Distance is temporary, but our love is permanent.”

-Unknown

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

-John Dryden

“Without a single thought, two hands collide and the world finally makes sense again.”

-Kayla Dawn

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

-Helen Keller

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.”

-Loretta Young

“That’s how you know you love someone, I guess, when you can’t experience anything without wishing the other person were there to see it too.”

-Kaui Hart

Love Quotes

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

-Lawrence Durrell

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

-Aristotle

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

-A.A. Milne

“But we by a love so much refined, / That our selves know not what it is, / Inter-assured of the mind, / Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss. / Our two souls therefore, which are one, / Though I must go, endure not yet / A breach, but an expansion, / Like gold to airy thinness beat.”

John Donne, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” Poem

“And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.”

-Pablo Neruda

“Love is begun by time / And time qualifies the spark and fire of it.”

-Shakespeare

Quotes on the Difficulties of Long-Distance Love

“Our lives were now worlds apart, separated by time, circumstance, and the unbridgeable chasm of money.”

-Travis Luedke

“This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles and mountains away.”

-Erica Jong

“The scariest thing about distance is you don’t know if they’ll miss you or forget about you.”

-Nicholas Sparks

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

-George Eliot

“I miss him in so many ways, but right now I miss him in the way you always miss someone… when you’re single among a room full of couples.”

-Emily Giffin

Love Quotes

“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

“That is when time stands still— when you watch the one you love, walk away.”

-Mallika Nawal

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

-Paulo Coelho

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

-Joseph Campbell

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

-Charles Dickens

“Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.”

-Lamartine

“You’re my closest friend and you’re thousands of miles away.”

-Anthony Horowitz

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

-Pam Brown

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

-Calla Quinn

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

-Charles M. Schulz

“Missing someone is the worst form of torture because it never goes away no matter where you are or what you do with your life.”

-Caroline George

Love Quotes

“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye that was the trouble; I wanted to kiss you goodnight. And there’s a lot of difference.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“The tough part of having a long-distance relationship is the fight. Normal people can fight and make up by talking face to face. That gets a lot more difficult in a long-distance relationship.”

-Darren Klee

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

-A.A. Milne

“I have made new friends and have many new people that I know. But hey, you will always be a special part of my heart because no one has been able to replace the space you left in it.”

-Stephen Lob

“It’s not the distance that’s the enemy, but the endless time I have to wait until I hold you in my arms.”

-Besski Levius

“Morning without you is dwindled dawn.”

-Emily Dicksonson

“When you come back, you will not be you. And I may not be I.”

-E.M. Forster

About the author
Katee is a lover of language and is in awe of the power it holds. Read more articles from Katee on Thought Catalog.

Learn more about Thought Catalog and our writers on our about page.

Related