Anyone who's ever been in a long distance relationship will tell you that long distance relationships are hard. Actually, anyone who's ever been in a long distance relationship will probably burst into tears and/or hysterical laughter if you ever try to ask them what it's like to be in a long distance relationship. So here are some excellent book quotes about long distance relationships, to help bridge that gap between skype dates.
Because sometimes, long distance is unavoidable. People get summer internships in other states, or incredible work opportunities in other countries, or they have to deal with family drama several continents away. But that's ok, because despite what most of the internet might tell you, long distance is doable (here's some great relationship advice from the internet: don't get all your relationship advice from the internet).
It sucks, and time zones are nonsense, but it's possible to survive even the longest of distance. It might even strengthen your relationship, because if you can schedule video chats from different hemispheres, you can do anything together. So if you're slogging through a rough patch of long distance right now, don't lose heart. These authors know exactly what you're going through:
1. Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and kindles the great.
— Roger de Bussy-Rabutin, Memoires of Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy
2. 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, Collected Poems Of Edna St. Vincent Millay
3. How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?
— A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
4. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.
― Emily Brontë, Wutherin g Heights
5. Henry was learning that time apart has a way of creating distance- more than mountains and time zone separating them. Real distance, the kind that makes you ache and stop wondering. Longing so bad that it begins to hurt to care so much.
― Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
6. 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 Hemmings, The Descendants
7. Missing you is worse than Pittsburgh.
― Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper
8. When I was young I didn't understand, but now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
9. I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.
― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
10. I miss you in the maddening noise of crowd, I hear your laughter at my folly with sweet indifference, I miss you like a frozen tear finding its course, I miss you in your presence inside me, I miss you in the every breath I take.
― Debatrayee Banerjee, A Whispering Leaf. . .
11. Sonny, don't you tell me what's worthwhile—true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that.
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride
12. Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.
― Toni Morrison, Jazz
13. It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.
― Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
14. Neither one of them could turn off their feelings, even with so much time and distance between them. The more they were apart, and the more they weren't allowed to be together, the more they loved each other.
― Donna Lynn Hope, Willow
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