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Quotations for Deployment
and Returning Home



For there we loved, and where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts...
~Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894), "Homesick in Heaven," 1872


Let us thank God... that we can love our friends, our brothers and our sisters, and weep when they are gone, and smile at their return. It is indeed a joy which we are blest to know. ~Emily Dickinson, letter to brother, 1854


He who abides far away from his home,
Is ever longing for the day he shall return.
~Rumi, translated by Edward Henry Whinfield


Kindred hearts no distance parts. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Love reckons hours for months, and days for years:
And every little absence is an age.
~John Dryden, Amphitryon, 1690


In addition to the magic of love which moves the human heart, there is yet another magic which can remove mountains. That, of course, is faith. Lucky is he who has both... ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, "I believe, yes, I believe," A View from the Hill, 1957


Where is the good in goodbye?...
Tell me what can be fair in farewell, dear
While one single star shines above...
~Meredith Willson, "Sincere," The Music Man, 1957 ♫


...when you are out of town the whole world seems depopulated... ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox, "One Man and One Woman," Mal Moulée, 1886


Thomas Wolfe warned in the title of America's great novel that "You Can't Go Home Again." I enjoyed the book but I never agreed with the title. I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of ones eyes and possibly in the gristle of the ear lobe. ~Maya Angelou, "Home," Letter to My Daughter, 2008


Men's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell; like the glaciers, which are transparent and rosy-hued only at sunrise and sunset... ~Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763–1825)


What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?...
~Frances Anne Kemble, "Absence"


Weave in faith and God will find the thread. ~Proverb


First, freedom is never free; in fact, it has always been bought at great cost, whether on the battlefield, in the legislative assembly, in the law courts, in the schoolroom, or in synagogues, temples or churches. Also, it is never self-perpetuating, but has had to be rewon again and again... ~Author unknown, 1960s


So sweetly she bade me adieu,
I thought that she bade me return.
~William Shenstone, "Absence," 1743


[M]emory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose. ~Bob Brush


Let me kiss off that falling Tear,
We only part to meet again.
~John Gay (1685–1732), "Black-ey'd Susan"


Good-bye, dear love. This cruel time is such a torture, and each second seems a heart's eternity. ~Laura L. Livingstone (Herbert Dickinson Ward), Lauriel: The Love Letters of an American Girl, 1901


I dream
of
giving birth
to
a child
who will ask
"Mother,
what was war?"
~Eve Merriam (1916–1992), "Fantasia," Finding a Poem, 1970


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~Captain C. C. Scott, as quoted in Forbes, 1932


How powerful is the spell of home! ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Home, Sweet Home," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905


...every reunion is a type of heaven. ~Amelia B. Edwards, My Brother's Wife, 1855





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