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100 Farewell Quotes and Messages for Colleague and Coworkers

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Whether your favorite co-worker is switching to a new job or moving to a different country, bidding a warm goodbye is only fair. These farewell Quotes and Messages for Colleagues and Coworkers might just help you out.

Importance of saying Goodbye 

Goodbyes are essential. Growth is the only constant.

But here’s the catch: goodbyes are also awkward.

An average employee changes their job 5 times in their career.

The number is only set to increase, as employees’ expectations are increasing. In fact, 26% of Indian employees are at risk of changing jobs in 2024.

In such a dynamic fluid workforce, farewell quotes and messages become rather important.

Goodbyes allow us to put words to feelings, shape how we remember someone, codify our choices, and frame distinct periods. It gives us a sense of closure as we move into the next phases of our lives.

Well, why not make farewells worth remembering? Because endings deserve the same ritual and respect as new beginnings.

So, we bring you some of the best farewell quotes for every occasion to make your office goodbyes memorable.

General Saying Goodbye Quotes  

  1. “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens 
  2. “Life is too short for goodbyes, stay in touch!”- Unknown 
  3. “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.” — Nicholas Sparks 
  4. “Be well, do-good work, and keep in touch.” — Garrison Keillor 
  5. “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.” — Eduardo Galeano 
  6. “The two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” — Moira Rogers 
  7. “So long, see you around, but never a final goodbye.” — Fred Flagler 
  8. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” — Oscar Wilde 
  9. Farewell has a sweet sound of reluctance. Good-by is short and final, a word with teeth sharp to bite through the string that ties past to the future.” ― John Steinbeck 
  10. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” — J.M. Barrie 
  11. “A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends.” ― Richard Bach 
  12. “There was something unfinished about not saying farewell, like a door left open in the chill night.” — Julie C. Dao 
  13. “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye.” ― Beyonce Knowles
  14. “As you embark on a new path we wish you nothing but all the luck and success for the bright future ahead.” — Unknown 
  15. Our band of awesome colleagues will fall one short with you gone. You were an integral part of our team; best of luck on all your future endeavors!” — Unknown 
  16. “Farewell or goodbye, it really doesn’t matter. It shows one magic. If you find it, you are a magician!” ― Deyth Banger 
  17. “It’s not the days in life we remember, rather the moments.” — Walt Disney 
  18. I’ve been in the same place for 10 years, and having to say goodbye and clean out the locker is the toughest part.” ― Roy Oswalt
  19. “Do what only you do best. Make good art. Make it on the good days, too.“― Neil Gaiman 
  20. “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh

Funny Farewell Quotes

21. “Farewell to the one who’s the heartbeat of this office. Thank you for always bringing your snacks and sense of humour! Best wishes for your future.”

22. “I wish I could do the last prank on you by tying you to your desk so that you are stuck here with us forever. It’s been a pleasure working with you. Farewell.”

23. “Farewell to the funniest colleague who made sure every lunch break would be awesome, and every dull meeting would be fun. I’m surely going to miss you a lot here. Take care!”

24. “Goodbye, it’s been real. Well, maybe not ‘real’ real, more like sitcom-real with a laugh track. Take care, and may your life be as drama-free as a sitcom finale!”

25. “Goodbye, and remember, life is short – smile while you still have teeth! Wishing you all the happiness in the world on your new path.”

26. “As you leave, take with you the gratitude of all those you’ve worked with. Your professionalism and positive spirit have made a lasting impression. Farewell, and may your journey be filled with triumphs!”

27. “As you say adios, keep in mind that life is like a box of chocolates – sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes it’s nuts, and occasionally, you get the one with coconut (nobody likes that one). Best of luck with your new assortment!”

28. “Saying farewell to a colleague as fantastic as you is not easy. Your hard work and camaraderie have left a lasting impact. Wishing you all the best in your next adventure!”

29. “Farewell! May your departure be as graceful as a cat knocking over a vase but with far fewer consequences. Here’s to hoping your new path is paved with fewer obstacles than a toddler’s Lego-free playroom.”

30. Goodbye to the “Gossip Girl” of the team, who will be missed by everyone here not just for the gossip but for her candour and calibre as well. Best Wishes and Farewell.”

Farewell Quotes for the team  

  1. “You’ve been an exceptional teammate, always going above and beyond. The office won’t be the same without you. Farewell, and stay amazing!” 
  2. “You’ve been an invaluable member of our team, and it won’t be the same without you. Wishing you nothing but success and happiness in your new job!” 
  3.  “Wishing you the best of luck on your new adventure! Your talent and hard work will surely take you far.” 
  4. “It’s been a pleasure working with you. You’ve made a significant impact here, and I know you’ll do the same in your new role.” 
  5.  “As you embark on this new chapter, may it bring you growth, success, and fulfillment. Farewell and stay in touch!” 
  6.  Farewell, my talented friend! Your future colleagues are lucky to have you, and we’ll miss your valuable contributions here. 
  7. “Goodbye to an incredible teammate cum friend. Your presence here will be greatly missed, but I’m excited to witness your continued growth in your new job!” 
  8.  “Working with you has been a privilege. Thank you for your friendship and professionalism. I wish you all the success in your new role.” 
  9. “Your departure leaves a void, but it also presents an opportunity for others to step up. We’ll miss you greatly, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!” 
  10. “Thank you for your hard work and support as an inspiring teammate. I’ll miss your guidance, but I know you’ll achieve great things in your future endeavours. All the best and please stay in touch.” 

Farewell Quotes for Someone Retiring

  1. “You were a good boss because more than instructions, you gave us direction and inspiration. Happy retirement.”
  2. “The office won’t be the same without you, boss. You were our favorite person to annoy.” 
  3. “As you embark on this new journey of retirement, may you discover countless moments of joy and relaxation. Your years of dedication have served as a beacon of inspiration to us all.” 
  4. “As you retire, remember that you leave behind a legacy of achievement, a team of loyal colleagues, and countless lives touched by your kindness. May your years of retirement be as rewarding and fulfilling as your time with us.” 
  5. “Thank you for always creating a motivating atmosphere all around the office. I will always miss your presence here. Have a great life ahead! I hope you get to experience all the adventures you wanted to after retirement and hope you enjoy every bit of your life.” 
  6. “To one of the best people in the office, congratulations on your retirement!” 
  7. “You will always be remembered for your hard work throughout the years. Thank you for your dedication to the team. Enjoy your retirement!” 
  8. “Cherish every moment of this time and revel in this new stage of your life. Happy retirement!” 
  9. “Congratulations on your new freedom. Now we will get to see you more. Enjoy every moment of your new life.” 
  10. “Happy Retirement! It’s time to kick back and enjoy. You’ve earned it!” 

Farewell Quotes for A Coworker  

  1. “It won’t be the same without your [positive quality], but your new adventure is lucky to have it! Best wishes!” 
  2. “From brainstorming sessions to coffee breaks, your presence made the workday brighter. We’ll miss you, [coworker’s name]!” 
  3. “Thank you for being a teammate who always had my back. Your support and friendship are truly valued. Good luck in your next endeavors!” 
  4. “Saying goodbye isn’t easy, but watching you grow is inspiring. Go conquer your dreams and keep in touch!” 
  5. “You brought more than just your skills to this team, [coworker’s name]. Your humor and kindness created a lasting impact. We’ll miss you dearly!” 
  6. “Though our work paths may diverge, the memories we shared will stay connected. Farewell, and best of luck!” 
  7. “The office laughs won’t be the same without you, but I know you’ll bring joy wherever you go. Wishing you all the best!” 
  8. “Thank you for being a mentor who guided me through the ropes. Your advice will continue to shape my career. Best wishes!” 
  9. “They say change is the only constant, but it doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. Here’s to new beginnings and continued success, [coworker’s name]!” 
  10. “Your positive attitude and dedication were contagious, making work not only productive but also enjoyable. We’ll miss your light around here!” 
  11. “While we may not share the same office space anymore, the shared memories we made will always connect us. Farewell, and remember to visit!” 
  12. “Thank you for always being willing to lend a helping hand. Your collaborative spirit made a real difference on the team. Best of luck in your future endeavors!” 
  13. “Even though you’re moving on, you’ll always be a part of the [team name] family. We wish you happiness and success in all you do!” 
  14. “Your expertise and insights will be missed, but your contributions will leave a lasting legacy. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter!” 
  15. “They say goodbyes are never easy, but they pave the way for exciting new beginnings. We’ll miss you, [coworker’s name], but we’re thrilled for your future!” 
  16. “From coffee runs to brainstorming sessions, you were more than just a colleague, you were a friend. We’ll miss your presence around the office!” 
  17. “Thank you for your dedication and hard work. You consistently went above and beyond, and your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Best of luck in your future!” 
  18. “Though our paths may take us in different directions, the friendships forged here will remain strong. Farewell, and keep in touch!” 
  19. “You brought not only your skills but also your sunshine to the team. Your positive spirit will be greatly missed. Wishing you all the best!” 
  20. “Goodbyes are bittersweet, but watching you pursue your dreams fills us with joy. We’ll miss you, but we’re excited for what the future holds!” 

Farewell Quotes to a Friend

  1. “It’s hard to say goodbye to a close work friend, but remember, true friends will always find their way back to each other.”
  2. “The difficulty of saying goodbye reminds us of how much our work friends mean to us.”
  3. “There are many ways to express your feelings to your work friend as you say goodbye, and a heartfelt quote can be a perfect way to do so.”
  4. “Whether you choose a funny or sentimental quote, make sure it reflects your unique friendship with your work friend.”
  5. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean the end of your friendship, it simply means a new chapter is beginning.”
  6. “Even though you won’t be working together anymore, you can still cherish the memories you’ve made and stay in touch.”
  7. “As you move on to new opportunities, remember the special bond you shared with your work friend.”
  8. “This goodbye is a chance to express your gratitude for your work friend’s friendship and support.”
  9. “No matter where life takes you, your work friend will always hold a special place in your heart.”
  10. “Here’s to new beginnings and lasting friendships!”

Farewell Quotes for a Boss  

  1. “It’s an honor to have worked under your leadership, [Boss’s name]. Your guidance and support have been invaluable. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter!” 
  2. “Thank you for fostering a positive and productive work environment. Your encouragement and dedication to the team will be greatly missed. Best wishes for continued success!” 
  3. “While your leadership style may have been [positive quality], it certainly helped us achieve [positive outcome]. We learned a lot from you, and we wish you all the best!” 
  4. “From challenging us to reach our full potential to celebrating our achievements, you’ve been more than just a boss, you’ve been a mentor. Thank you for everything, and good luck in your future endeavors!” 
  5. “Your vision and strategic thinking have guided us through thick and thin. We appreciate your dedication to the company, and we wish you continued success in all you do.” 
  6. “Saying goodbye to a leader like you isn’t easy, but watching you take on new challenges is inspiring. We’ll miss your presence, but we’re excited for you!” 
  7. “Your ability to make tough decisions and navigate complex situations has been commendable. Thank you for your leadership, and best of luck in your next chapter.” 
  8. “We’ve learned so much from your [positive quality] approach to leadership. We will carry those lessons with us as we move forward. Best wishes in your future endeavors!” 
  9. “While we may not see you in the office anymore, your impact on the team will continue to be felt. Thank you for everything, and good luck!” 
  10. “Saying goodbye is never easy, but we’re grateful for the opportunity to have learned from you. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!” 

Farewell Quotes for Company  Job position 

  1. “It’s bittersweet to move on, but I’m grateful for the incredible experiences and growth I’ve had here. Thank you everyone, and best wishes for the future!”
  2. “While I’m excited for new challenges, I’ll cherish the memories and friendships made here. This chapter may be closing, but the connections remain.”
  3. “Thank you for the opportunities and support that have shaped my career. I’m proud of what we accomplished together, and I wish you all continued success.”
  4. “This journey has been filled with learning and growth. I’m thankful for the incredible team and the impact we made together.” 
  5. “Leaving [company name] is a difficult decision, but it’s a necessary step for my personal growth. I wish you all the best in the future.”
  6. “Though my time here comes to an end, the lessons learned, and relationships built will stay with me forever. Thank you, and farewell!”
  7. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to [company’s mission or values]. I wish the company continued success in the future.”
  8. “This is a steppingstone to new adventures, but the knowledge and skills I gained here will be invaluable. Thank you for everything!”
  9. “Saying goodbye doesn’t diminish the impact this experience has had on me. I’ll carry the memories and lessons learned with me.”
  10. “While I move on to pursue new opportunities, I’ll always remember the incredible people and experiences I had here. Thank you and all the best!”

Wrapping up 

Finding the right words to say farewell to a colleague can be challenging, especially if you have much on your mind. Occasionally, the easiest way to craft a genuine and heartfelt message is to reflect on your relationship with your colleagues and how they’ve impacted you or your team.  

The ideal length for a farewell message to a colleague is 100 to 300 words, depending on your relationship and the delivery method (email, cards, or gift note). But it’s better to keep it short, simple and sweet! 


1. What tone should I use in my farewell message? 

The tone in your message should depend on your relationship with the colleague. You can use a casual and personal tone for a close work friend. A more professional tone is appropriate for a colleague you have yet to work with closely. 

 2. What should I include in my farewell message? 

A personal touch: Mention something specific about the colleague or your experience working with them. This will make your message more meaningful. 

Gratitude: Express your appreciation for their contributions, support, or friendship. 

Best wishes: Wish them well in their future endeavors. 

Optional: You can also invite them to stay in touch. 

 3. What are some examples of good farewell messages? 

You can find many examples of farewell messages online, but it’s always best to personalize your message to fit the specific situation. 

4. What is the best way to send my farewell message? 

You can send your farewell message in several ways, such as: 

In-person: This is the most personal option, especially if you have a close relationship with a colleague. 

In an email: This is a good option if you don’t see the colleague in person or want to include a longer message. 

In a card: This is a nice option to send the colleague a physical memento. 

On a company social platform: This can be a good option if you want to share your message with a wider audience. 

 5. What should I avoid in my farewell message? 

Negativity: Avoid saying anything negative about the company or other colleagues. 

Gossip: Don’t share personal information about colleagues or their new job. 

Overly personal information: Keep the message work appropriate. 

Complaints: Don’t use the message as an opportunity to air any grievances.

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