- So long and thanks for all the fish.
the last ever dolphin message
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BBC radio, 1978) 1952–2001 English science fiction writer:
- I leave before being left. I decide.
Newsweek 5 March 1973 1934– French actress: in
- corbett: It's goodnight from me.
barker: And it's goodnight from him.
The Two Ronnies, 1971–87 BBC television series 1929–2005 and 1930–2016 English comedians: in
- Friends part
lost in cloud.
1644–94 Japanese poet: tr. Lucien Stryk
- Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.
And so, my brother, hail, and farewell evermore!
c.84–c.54 bc Roman poet: Carmina no. 101 (tr. Sir William Marris)
- Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.
1830–86 American poet: ‘My life closed twice before its close’
- Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part,
Nay, I have done: you get no more of me.
Idea (1619) Sonnet 61 1563–1631 English poet:
- If you can't leave in a taxi you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff.
Marx; written by Bert Kalmar (1884–1947), Harry Ruby (1895–1974), Arthur Sheekman (1891–1978), and Nat Perrin 1933 film: spoken by Groucho
- In every parting there is an image of death.
Scenes of Clerical Life (1858) ‘Amos Barton’ ch. 10 1819–80 English novelist:
- And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
The Prophet (1923) ‘The Coming of the Ship’ 1883–1931 Lebanese-born American writer and painter:
- You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave.
1947– and 1948–2016 American singers and songwriters: ‘Hotel California’ (1977 song)
- She said she always believed in the old addage, ‘Leave them while you're looking good.’
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) 1893–1981 American writer:
- We're drinking my friend,
To the end of a brief episode,
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road.
1909–76 American songwriter: ‘One For My Baby’ (1943 song)
- Fare well my dear child and pray for me, and I shall for you and all your friends that we may merrily meet in heaven. 1478–1535 English scholar and saint: last letter to his daughter Margaret Roper, 5 July 1535, on the eve of his execution
- Now this is the last day of our acquaintance.
1966– Irish singer and songwriter: ‘The Last Day of Our Acquaintance’ (1990 song)
- But how strange the change from major to minor
Every time we say goodbye.
1891–1964 American songwriter: ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ (1944 song)
- Don't have nightmares. Do sleep well.
Crimewatch (1984–) 1947– British television presenter: habitual closing words for BBC1's
- Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.
Romeo and Juliet (1595) act 2, sc. 2, l. 184 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.); some editions prefer act 2, sc. 1 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- I'll be back. 1984 film: spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger; written by James Cameron (1954–) and Gale Anne Hurd