Quotations The Best Quotes About Absence  

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A list of the best absence quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous absence quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic absence quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational absence quotes from that same writer.

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Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire. François de La Rochefoucauld

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Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Tacitus

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The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension. Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less. Jean de La Bruyère

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Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer. Alexander Pope

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Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. Elizabeth Bowen

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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

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Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering. Walter Savage Landor

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The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse. Benjamin Franklin

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Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. William Cowper

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Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars --all the beauties of creation. Victor Hugo

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Absence of proof is not proof of absence. William Cowper

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It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change. Colette

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Absence -- that common cure of love. Miguel de Cervantes

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No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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A short absence is the safest. Ovid

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How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere! William Shakespeare

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Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance. Walter Benjamin

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Woman absent is woman dead. Ambrose Bierce

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The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart. Elizabeth Bowen

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Never find fault with the absent.

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When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind. Thomas à Kempis

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Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.

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Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her. Helen Rowland

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Achilles absent was Achilles still! Homer

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Parting is such sweet sorrow. William Shakespeare

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Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. Thomas Fuller