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date: 08 July 2020


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  1. So long and thanks for all the fish.
    the last ever dolphin message
    Douglas Adams 1952–2001 English science fiction writer: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BBC radio, 1978)
  2. I leave before being left. I decide.
    Brigitte Bardot 1934–  French actress: in Newsweek 5 March 1973
  3. corbett: It's goodnight from me.
    barker: And it's goodnight from him.
    Ronnie Barker 1929–2005 and Ronnie Corbett 1930–2016 English comedians: in The Two Ronnies, 1971–87 BBC television series
  4. Friends part
    forever—wild geese
    lost in cloud.
    Matsuo Basho 1644–94 Japanese poet: tr. Lucien Stryk
  5. Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.
    And so, my brother, hail, and farewell evermore!
    Catullus c.84–c.54 bc Roman poet: Carmina no. 101 (tr. Sir William Marris)
  6. Parting is all we know of heaven,
    And all we need of hell.
    Emily Dickinson 1830–86 American poet: ‘My life closed twice before its close’
  7. Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part,
    Nay, I have done: you get no more of me.
    Michael Drayton 1563–1631 English poet: Idea (1619) Sonnet 61
  8. 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.
    Duck Soup 1933 film: spoken by Groucho Marx; written by Bert Kalmar (1884–1947), Harry Ruby (1895–1974), Arthur Sheekman (1891–1978), and Nat Perrin
  9. In every parting there is an image of death.
    George Eliot 1819–80 English novelist: Scenes of Clerical Life (1858) ‘Amos Barton’ ch. 10
  10. And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
    Kahlil Gibran 1883–1931 Lebanese-born American writer and painter: The Prophet (1923) ‘The Coming of the Ship’
  11. You can check out any time you like,
    But you can never leave.
    Don Henley 1947–  and Glenn Frey 1948–2016 American singers and songwriters: ‘Hotel California’ (1977 song)
  12. She said she always believed in the old addage, ‘Leave them while you're looking good.’
    Anita Loos 1893–1981 American writer: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925)
  13. We're drinking my friend,
    To the end of a brief episode,
    Make it one for my baby
    And one more for the road.
    Johnny Mercer 1909–76 American songwriter: ‘One For My Baby’ (1943 song)
  14. 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.
    Thomas More 1478–1535 English scholar and saint: last letter to his daughter Margaret Roper, 5 July 1535, on the eve of his execution
  15. Now this is the last day of our acquaintance.
    Sinéad O'Connor 1966–  Irish singer and songwriter: ‘The Last Day of Our Acquaintance’ (1990 song)
  16. But how strange the change from major to minor
    Every time we say goodbye.
    Cole Porter 1891–1964 American songwriter: ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ (1944 song)
  17. Don't have nightmares. Do sleep well.
    Nick Ross 1947–  British television presenter: habitual closing words for BBC1's Crimewatch (1984–)
  18. Good-night, good-night! parting is such sweet sorrow
    That I shall say good-night till it be morrow.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Romeo and Juliet (1595) act 2, sc. 2, l. 184 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.); some editions prefer act 2, sc. 1
  19. I'll be back.
    The Terminator 1984 film: spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger; written by James Cameron (1954–) and Gale Anne Hurd