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Absence Quotes

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author

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

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

Author: Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676)

Profession: British Judge

Achilles absent was Achilles still!

Author: Homer

Profession: Greek Epic Poet

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.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

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

Author: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

Profession: British Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Profession: American Poet

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

Author: Ouida (1838-1908)

Profession: British Writer

A short absence is the safest.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

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.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.

Author: Proverb


Never find fault with the absent.

Author: Proverb


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.

Author: Helen Rowland (1875-1950)

Profession: American Journalist

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!

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor