Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
Absence - that common cure of love.
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood
Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities
Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.
The heart may think it knows better: The senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends.
It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Since the essence of the soul is but a will to bestow, and all its manifestations and possessions are fulfillments of that will to bestow (...) therefore it is immortal and irreplaceable. The soul, with all its manifestations is eternal and exists forever. Absence does not apply to them upon the departure of the body. On the contrary, the absence of the corrupted form of the body, greatly strengthens it, thus enabling it to rise to the Heavens. Thus we have clearly shown that the persistence in no way depends upon the concepts it has acquired, as philosophers claim, but its eternality is in its very essence, meaning in its will to bestow, which is its essence. And the concepts it acquires are its reward, not its essence.
This hunger for novelty which makes sensuous love equally changeful and rapacious, which makes us seek the same emotion in other bodies which we cast off as fast as they fall turns life into an infernal succession of disenchantments, spites and scorn; and it is chiefly that hunger for novelty which leaves us a prey to unrealizable hope and irrevocable regret. Those lovers who persist in remaining together execute themselves; the name of their common death, which at first was Absence, becomes Presence.
Before people crow about the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction, I suggest they wait a bit.
Women are weak, easily swayed by passion, driven by desire, lust. He lit a fire in her body, a fire that still burned, even in his absence
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