Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Absence of occupation is not rest; / A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death.
The heart may think it knows better: The senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite that fear.
So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
With reference to the narrative of events, far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand, I did not even trust my own impressions, but it rests partly on what I saw myself, partly on what others saw for me, the accuracy of the report being always tried by the most severe and detailed tests possible. My conclusions have cost me some labor from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eyewitnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but I shall be content if it is judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it. My history has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Absence lessens half-hearted passions, and increases great ones, as the wind puts out candles and yet stirs up the fire.
Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
Sometimes I need what only you can provide -- your absence.
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions
Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
Absence is the enemy of love
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair