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

But when he (man) shall have been taken from sight, he quickly goes also out of mind.
  [Lat., Cum autem sublatus fuerit ab oculis, etiam cito transit a mente.]
      - Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
         (bk. I, ch. XXIII, 1)

Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Amicus Redivivus

For with G.D., to be absent from the body is sometimes (not to speak it profanely) to be present with the Lord.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Oxford in the Vacation

Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind will blow out a candle and blow in a fire.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Absence lessens moderate passions and increases great ones; as the wind extinguishes the taper, but kindles the burning dwelling.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
  [Fr., L'absence diminue les mediocres passions et augmente les grandes, comme le vent eteint les bougies et allume le feu.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (276)

Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
  When stars illume the sky,
    I gaze upon each orb of light,
      And wish that thou wert by.
      - George Linley, Song

Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream.
  And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.
      - George Linley, Thou Art Gone

There's little pleasure in the house
  When our gudeman's aya.
      - William Julius Mickle

For there's nae luck about the house;
  There's nae luck at aw;
    There's little pleasure in the house
      When our gudeman's awa.
      - William Julius Mickle,
        There's Nae Luck About the House--Ballad of Cumnor Hall

Short absence quickens love; long absence kills it.
      - Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti

Thinking of thee, still sthee, till thought grew pain.
      - Thomas Moore

With what a deep devotedness of woe
  I wept thy absence--o'er and o'er again
    Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
      And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
        Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.
      - Hannah More

Condemned whole years in absence to deplore,
  And image charms he must behold no more.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloise to Abelard (l. 361)

Ye flowers that droop, forsaken by the spring,
  Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing,
    Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove,
      Say, is not absence death to those who love?
      - Alexander Pope, Pastorals--Autumn (l. 27)

Among absent lovers, ardor always fares better.
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.
  [Lat., Absenti nemo ne nocuisse velit.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (II, 19, 32)

Judicious absence is a weapon.
      - Charles Reade

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.
      - Charles Reade

Days of absence, sad and dreary,
  Clothed in sorrow's dark array,--
    Days of absence, I am weary;
      She I love is far away.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Days of Absence

The joys of meeting pay the pags of absence,
  Else who could bear it?
      - Nicholas Rowe

Among the defects of the bill [Lord Derby's] which are numerous, one provision is conspicuous by its presence and another by its absence.
      - John Russell (1),
        in an address to the Electors of the City of London

Absence from those we love is self from self--a deadly banishment.
      - William Shakespeare

O thou who dost inhabit in my breast;
  Leave not the mansion so long tenantless;
    Lest growing ruinous the building fall,
      And leave no memory of what it was.
      - William Shakespeare


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