Quotes regarding Absence.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly, Isle of Beauty.
- The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends.
- Wives in their husband's absences grow subtler,
And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
- Absence! is not the soul torn by it
From more than light, or life, or breath?
'Tis Lethe's gloom, but not its quiet,—
The pain without the peace of death!
- Thomas Campbell, "Absence", The poetical works of Thomas Campbell (1837).
- Friends, though absent, are still present.
- Cicero, De Amicitia ("On Friendship") (44 B.C.), Chapter 7.
- It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.
- Colette, The Captain, Earthly Paradise (1966).
- The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack July 1736.
- Cum autem sublatus fuerit ab oculis, etiam cito transit a mente.
- [To-day man is, and to-morrow he will be seen no more.] But when he (man) shall have been taken from sight, he quickly goes also out of mind.
- Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ (c .1418), Book I, Chapter XXIII. 1.
- Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
- Alphonse de Lamartine, Premieres Meditations Poetiques (1820).
- Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.
- Charles Lamb, "Amicus Redivivus", Last Essays of Elia (1833).
- Absence and death are the same—only that in death there is no suffering.
- Absentes tinnitu aurium præsentire sermones de se receptum est.
- It is generally admitted that the absent are warned by a ringing in the ears, when they are being talked about.
- Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia (c. 77–79), Book 28, Section 5.
- Absenti nemo ne nocuisse velit.
- The absent are like children; they are helpless to defend themselves.
- Charles Reade, Foul Play (1869) ch. 44.
- L'absence diminue les médiocres passions et augmente les grandes, comme le vent éteint les bougies et allume le feu.
- Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1665), #276.
- As 'tis ever common
That men are merriest when they are from home.
- Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque (1881).
- Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
- Tacitus, Histories (A.D. 104-109).
- Conspicuous by his absence.
- Tacitus, Annals (117), Book III, 76.
- 'Tis said that absence conquers love;
But oh believe it not!
I've tried, alas! its power to prove,
But thou art not forgot.
- Frederick William Thomas, Absence Conquers Love (1838).
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations 
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 2-3.
- Absent in body, but present in spirit.
- I Corinthians, V, 3.
- 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 (1764), line 7.
- In the hope to meet
Shortly again, and make our absence sweet.
- Ben Jonson, Underwoods (1640), 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 Kemble, Absence.
- 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, Oxford in the Vacation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Attributed to W. J. Mickle, There's Nae Luck Aboot the House, Ballad of Cumnor Hall. Claimed for Jean Adam. Evidence in favor of Mickle. Claimed also for MacPherson. Manuscript copy found among his papers after his death.
- 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!
- Condemned whole years in absence to deplore,
And image charms he must behold no more.
- Alexander Pope, Eloise to Abelard (1717), line 361.
- 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.
- Among the defects of the bill [Lord Derby's] which are numerous, one provision is conspicuous by its presence and another by its absence.
- I dote on his very absence, and I wish them a fair departure.
- All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XLIII.
- 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.
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVII.
- Præfulgebant Cassius atque
Brutus eo ipso, quod effigies eorum non videbantur.
- Cassius and Brutus were the more distinguished for that very circumstance that their portraits were absent.
- Tacitus, Annals, Book III, Chapter 76; from the funeral of Junia, wife of Cassius and sister to Brutus, when the insignia of twenty illustrious families were carried in the procession.
- Since you have waned from us,
Fairest of women!
I am a darkened cage
Songs cannot hymn in.
My songs have followed you,
Like birds the summer;
Ah! bring them back to me,
Swiftly, dear comer!
Her to hymn,
Might leave their portals;
And at my feet learn
The harping of mortals!
- Francis Thompson, A Carrier Song.
- The absent are always in the wrong.