I have to admit, I never really thought I’d be writing about long distance relationships. However, I could also argue that I never thought I’d get divorced, try to date in the middle of a pandemic, and then fall in love with someone I’ve known for over a decade… who lived across the country.
Oh, wait. Did I say country? That would’ve seemed easy compared to what we’re doing now. Nick moved across the ocean to Bulgaria right after we decided we wanted to give our relationship a real shot last summer.
Going the Distance
Talk about a long distance relationship. We have 5,500 miles in between us. But somehow, we’re committed and we’re making it work. During the pandemic, he’s had to travel back and forth from Bulgaria to Florida a lot more than I’ve been able to go to Bulgaria, but regardless, we cherish our time together – both physically and on Facetime.
I totally believe that the Universe does this thing where it gives us exactly what we didn’t know we needed. For me, it was him. For me, it was diving into a relationship and having to be extra vulnerable so the distance could make us grow stronger, rather than apart.
I love to write what I know. And after navigating a long distance relationship with Nick for the last year+, it feels like it’s become a little piece of who I am. After all, our love and partnership is a huge part of our lives.
So, not only did I pull together some of the very best long distance relationship quotes, but I also had my talented friend, Sarah, write half of the quotes in her beautiful calligraphy. (Let me know in the comments if I should have her write them all!)
18 of the Best Long Distance Relationship Quotes
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“Distance means so little when someone means so much.”
It’s a classic quote and oh so true. The heart wants what the heart wants, and often, it doesn’t care if it’s geographically convenient to you.
“Ocean separates lands, not souls.” – Munia Khan
This is probably one of my absolute favorite among the long distance relationship quotes. It describes my life with Nick perfectly. Even with the entire Atlantic Ocean and several countries in between us, we are connected. Our love is greater than that enormous distance.
“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” — Thomas Fuller
Let’s look at it this way. We get the excitement of absence. The time apart sharpens your communication, daily effort, and love. Then when you get to be together, the relationship is strengthened through all of these things happening while you’re present together.
“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
I absolutely adore Disney and Winnie the Pooh quotes because there’s so much wisdom wrapped up in a fictional character. [You can also find Quotes from Christopher Robin on this post!]
I love to think of this as a long distance relationship quote because the distance can be such an adventure. Whether you met your person while both out of town or you had to dive into long distance for a job, think of it as a grand adventure that so many other relationships never get to experience.
“Love is not just being with someone. Love is feeling someone even if miles separate you.” — Wordions
The most successful long distance relationships find comfort in knowing that even though you can’t be together physically right now, there’s nothing stopping you from being together emotionally and mentally all day, every day.
“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
This has to be one of the most romantic and dramatic long distance relationship quotes out there. It reminds me of a long distance Romeo and Juliet kind of love. The love where life simply doesn’t make sense without your person, so going through the distance and heartache seems easy compared to the alternative of nothing at all.
“You know you’ve found true love when you catch yourself falling in love with the same person over and over again despite them being miles away from you.”
If you’re in a long distance relationship then you feel this. You’re probably smiling just thinking about how powerful your love must be if you find ways to keep falling in love again and again.
“When it feels like something is missing in your life, it’s probably someone.”
Long distance love can be a rollercoaster. One minute you’re going about your day, totally fine, because you’re familiar with the time away from your partner. The next minute you’re overcome with a wave of emotion. Often, you can mistake missing something in your life when it’s really just your person that’s left that hole in your heart.
“Loving someone you don’t see every day is not a bad thing. It’s just proof that love is not in sight but in the heart.”
There’s nothing quite like feeling love without needing the physical proof of it surrounding you every day.
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens
This. I feel this every time Nick and I have to hug goodbye. That pain is heavy, but it’s temporary. Then the excitement comes as we count down the days to seeing each other again. The joy that the anticipation brings is so much more powerful than pain. Then the joy of actually seeing each other in person again is overwhelmingly perfect.
“Distance can hurt but love will still bring us together.”
Long distance relationship or not, it’s the love that holds it together. And with love comes trust, respect, communication, and everything else that creates a happy and healthy relationship. It can be so easy to get hung up on the distance in between you and your love, but that’s just the smallest obstacle in the big picture.
“Long distance love is not for daydreamers, it’s for believers like us, we believe in this love.” – Anonymous
If you’re committed to a long distance relationship, then you’re a believer that some of the greatest things in life don’t come easily. Love is not about convenience. It’s a conscious decision to believe that what you have with your partner is worth the struggle of being apart.
“In true love, the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.” — Hans Nouwens
It’s true. When you’re in love, the smallest distance apart can feel like too much. Whether your long distance is a two hour drive apart or a 12 hour flight apart, it feels like too much. However,
“The best connections don’t fade. They burn brighter and hotter with time.” – J Iron Word
I tried to pull some quotes that aren’t found on every other blog out there. I loved this one because it’s a reminder that time and distance mean nothing when it comes to true connection. A little space between you and your partner can actually be the fuel for a brighter and hotter connection. Let the long distance be to your advantage in your love story.
“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
This quote felt heavy yet raw and real. Long distance relationship quotes seem to all have an underlying tone of something really important in relationships: patience and understanding.
In long distance love, you know the juice is worth the squeeze. You know that you’d rather have a little bit of something great rather than a whole lot of something mediocre. And one day, it’ll all pay off when you do get to see that great thing every single day.
“Souls tend to go back to who feels like home.” — N.R. Hart
I think that long distance relationships learn the very quickest that home is not a place, it’s where your heart is. We all know that feeling of going “home” to your person.
“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
The time in between hugs can be incredibly difficult, but at the end of the day, the distance is not the enemy in your relationship. It’s something that you just have to tackle together as a team.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
I couldn’t think of any better words to wrap up some of the best long distance relationship quotes. Those of us that have to kiss goodbye for weeks or months at a time, we’re the lucky ones that get to have something we love so much.
There are dozens of beautiful long distance relationship quotes out there…
But in my opinion, these are a few of the very best. It’s a solid mix of romance and drama. You can take so many lovely quotes and have them resonate with your personal situation. Overall, I believe staying optimistic and grateful is the best way to go through the distance.