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ABSENCE
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[ Also see Absent Banishment Companionship Distance Farewell Forgetfulness Home Letters Meeting Memory Parting Solitude ]

In my Lucia's absence
  Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden;
    I am ten times undone, while hope, and fear,
      And grief, and rage and love rise up at once,
        And with variety of pain distract me.
      - Joseph Addison

As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delight of presence best known by the torments of absence.
      - Alcibiades

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.
      - Elizabeth Ashley

Absence makes the heart grow fonder;
  Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Isle of Beauty,
        phrase first found in anonymous poem within F. Davison's Poetical Rhapsody (1602)

Absence is all love's crime.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

For I verily, absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, . . .
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. V, v. 3)

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
  And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
  And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 22)

The absent feel and fear every ill.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The absent fell and fear every ill.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

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

Not to understand a treasure's worth till time has stole away the slighted good, is cause of half the poverty we feel, and makes the world the wilderness it is.
      - William Cowper

I believe absence is a great element of charm.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
      - John Dryden

Distance of time and place generally cure what they seem to aggravate; and taking leave of our friends resembles taking leave of the world, of which it has been said, that it is not death, but dying, which is terrible.
      - Henry Fielding

Absence, like death, sets a seal on the image of those we love: we cannot realize the intervening changes which time may have effected.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
  My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee;
    Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
      And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 7)

Achilles absent, was Achilles still.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. 22, l. 415), (Pope's translation)

I find that absence still increases love.
      - Charles Hopkins, To C.C.

It is absence that tries fidelity.
      - Anne Home Hunter (Mrs. John Hunter)

Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In the hope to meet
  Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Underwoods--Miscellaneous Poems (LIX)

Ever absent, ever near;
  Still I see thee, still I hear;
    Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!
      - Francis Kazinczy, Separation

What shall I do with all the days and hours
  That must be counted ere I see thy face?
    How shall I charm the interval that lowers
      Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
      - Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler),
        Absence


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