C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Why should we hesitate to say good-by to each other? Are we not Pagans, to think that a word has power over Gods quiet purposes, and that saying good-by smells of death? Must men die intestate because they think that making their wills is cutting out their shrouds? If we were old Romans, who thought vale! meant forever, we might be shy of such a word, but good-by, even if it should be for the last time on earth, is only the difference between good-night and good-morning. Say it, then, like a Christian, and, if it still comes hesitatingly, stretch it out into the loveliest of wishes, God be with you.