Absence Quotes

Absence Quotes by Ilchi Lee, Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Sadiq Khan, Rush D. Holt, Jr., Linda Pastan and many others.

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Your mind creates everything. Your conscious mind has much greater power than you can ever imagine. Your mind can create blessings or disasters, can heal or harm, can bring abundance or absence. It is up to your mind whether the world looks hopeful or hopeless.
Ilchi Lee
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
It is a custom often practiced by seafaring people to throw a bottle overboard, with a paper, stating the time and place at which it is done. In the absence of other information as to currents, that afforded by these mute little navigators is of great value.
Matthew Fontaine Maury
Major miscarriages of justice have occurred because of the absence of proper legal representation.
Sadiq Khan
The concern now is whether policymakers even understand the meaning of evidence. Whether there is any truth to this descriptor of “fact-free era.” Whether policy is going to be made more and more in the absence of scientific input.
Rush D. Holt, Jr.
I have dreamed of our bed as if it were a shore where we would be washed up, not this striped mattress we must cover with sheets. [from “After an Absence”]
Linda Pastan
Cassius and Brutus were the more distinguished for that very circumstance that their portraits were absent.
[Lat., Praefulgebant Cassius atque Brutus eo ipso, quod effigies eorum non videbantur.]
Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.
John Peter Zenger
Will capitalist economies operate at full employment in the absence of routine intervention? Certainly not.
Janet Yellen
As far as my absence from the public eye is concerned, that’s because I’m publicity shy – something which is not considered good nowadays.
Priyanshu Chatterjee
I want people to see that all-important time in a different way-in the way it was. For of a number of reasons, including the absence of photographs, we tend to see the men and women of the Revolution as not quite real. And we have far too little sense of what they suffered.
David McCullough
Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to carry on with dignity in spite of it.
Scott Turow
The desert is a natural extension of the inner silence of the body. If humanity’s language, technology, and buildings are an extension of its constructive faculties, the desert alone is an extension of its capacity for absence, the ideal schema of humanity’s disappearance.
Jean Baudrillard
It is always painful fo part from people whom one has known for a very brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.
Oscar Wilde
Where God’s presence is no longer a tenable proposition and where his absence is no longer a felt, indeed overwhelming weight, certain dimensions of thought and creativity are no longer attainable.
Rudolf Steiner
This is the tragedy and woe of the hour–that we neglect the most important One who could possibly be in our midst–the Holy Spirit of God. Then, in order to make up for His absence, we have to do something to keep up our own spirits.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
We are natural partners [with Japan] in the world and the Far East, but the absence of a peace treaty does not allow us to develop the full range of our relations. Therefore, we will naturally strive to sign this treaty.
Vladimir Putin
Art is the absence of fear.
Erykah Badu
The strongest presence is so often an absence.
Steve Rasnic Tem
It is like being in the desert. At first you listen to the absence of sounds and call it silence. Then suddenly you may be taken by the presence of stillness where you are one with listening itself.
Jean Klein
And death? I don’t fear death. I dread the absence of it.
Robert Charles Wilson
If solitude deprives of the benefit of advice, it also excludes from the mischief of flattery. But the absence of others’ applause is generally supplied by the flattery of one’s own breast.
William Benton Clulow
The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion. Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom.
Ludwig von Mises
I went to Berlin for a year and a half, and that’s where I learned about culture and art and everything. Before that, I lived in total absence of culture. I come from a house where there was nothing like reading or art.
Lea Seydoux
The more he looked inside the more Piglet wasn’t there.
A. A. Milne
The bond forged between us was not one that could be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.
Stephenie Meyer
Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
William Cowper
The universal human laws – need, love for the beloved, fear, hunger, periodic exaltation, the kindness that rises up naturally in the absence of hunger/fear/pain – are constant, predictable, reliable, universal, and are merely ornamented with the details of local culture.
George Saunders
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
Samuel Butler
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Orson Welles
In the absence of good scientific data about the effects of artificial hallucinogens it’s good to stick to the natural ones.
Terence McKenna
Laughing faces do not mean that there is absence of sorrow!
But it means that they have the ability to deal with it
William Shakespeare
I boldly assert, in fact I think I know, that a lot of friendships and connections absolutely depend upon a sort of shared language, or slang. Not necessarily designed to exclude others, this can establish a certain comity and, even after a long absence, re-establish it in a second.
Christopher Hitchens
The Age of Reason has turned out to be the Age of Structure; a time when, in the absence of purpose, the drive for power as a value in itself has become the principal indicator of social approval. And the winning of power has become the measure of social merit.
John Ralston Saul
Gangs are born of a lethal absence of hope, and hope has an address: 130 W. Bruno St. in Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Greg Boyle
Racism is a system of power and in the absence of power you cannot be considered a racist.
Sister Souljah
Evil needs to be understood for what it is: the dynamic of the absence of Light. It is not something that one should prepare to battle, to run from, or to outlaw.
Gary Zukav
In the absence of a limitation on local enforcement powers, the states are bound by the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution to enforce violations of the federal immigration laws.
Russell Pearce
We must beware of one who is in a passion against us as of one who has once sought our life; for the fact that we still live is due to the absence of power to kill, – if looks could kill, we should have been dead long ago.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.
Charles Lamb
absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird
Audrey Niffenegger
Absolute hospitality would in no way amount to the absence of violence. To the contrary, it would enthrone violence precisely under the guise of nonviolence because it would leave the violators unchanged and the consequences of violence unremedied.
Miroslav Volf
We know that an object that is not consciously noticed at the time of a first visit can, by its absence during subsequent visits, provoke an indefinable impression: as a result of this sighting backward in time, the absence of the object becomes a presence one can feel.
Ivan Chtcheglov
Not every loss was confirmed by an officer at the door. Nor a telegram with the power to sink a fleet. Loss, often the worst kind, also arrived through the deafening quiet of an absence.
Kristina McMorris
Absence makes the heart grow fonder… or forgetful.
James M. Barrie
Peace is more than just an absence of war. True peace is justice, true peace is freedom, and true peace dictates the recognition of human rights.
Ronald Reagan
I’ve been cooking for a nine-year-old and her friends for the better part of seven or eight years. It’s how I cook today, it’s what makes me happy. I tend to overcompensate for my long absences when I’m home by cooking and it’s therapeutic to me – it’s how I express love for my daughter. It felt good to do.
Anthony Bourdain
The situation in the region is flammable and may explode at any moment, because of the crucial events and because of the absence of justice in executing the international legitimacy resolutions, regarding the Israeli Arab cause and the oppression on Palestinians by Israelis.
Ali Abdullah Saleh
The strength of your faith is not measured by the absence of doubt, but by the faithfulness of your life in the face of doubt.
Nicky Gumbel
Meditation is like light: when meditation comes, politics disappears. So you cannot be meditative and political. That is impossible: you are asking for the impossible. Meditation is not one pole: it is the absence of all conflict, all ambition, all ego trips.
In the absence of specific solutions or evidence that we have people in Washington, D.C., who can make a significant difference… people will cling to those who at least speak to their frustrations.
Todd Young
The greatest fault of the day is the absence of stillness.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
If there is one thing fundamental to the life of the spirit it is the absence of force.
Harold Laski
Children know by instinct that hell is an absence of love, and they can pick out theirs without missing.
Flannery O’Connor
The absence of consistent biblical worldview thinking is a key mark of spiritual immaturity.
Albert Mohler
Hear this if you can: If you want to reach him You have to go beyond yourself And when you finally arrive at the land of absence Be silent Don’t say a thing Ecstasy, not words, is the language spoken there
If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
Anais Nin
It’s not that hard to imagine the natural world recovering it’s health in our absence: it’s more difficult, and more necessary, to imagine it recovering its health in our presence.
Alex Steffen
Peace does not mean the absence of war, peace means the presence of harmony, love, satisfaction and oneness. Peace means a flood of love in the world family.
Sri Chinmoy
Many are the fools who say that Jesus stood in His own path and opposed Himself; that He knew not His own mind, and in the absence of that knowledge confounded Himself.
Khalil Gibran
You will touch this joy and you will suddenly know it is what you were looking for your whole life, but you were afraid to even acknowledge the absence because the hunger for it was so encompassing.
Eve Ensler
Masculinity is part of a binary and requires its opposite, since, in the absence of femininity, masculinity would have no meaning.
Sheila Jeffreys
It was no longer her absence that wounded me, but my growing indifference to it. Forgetting, however calming, was also a reminder of infidelity to what I had at one time held so dear.
Alain de Botton
Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it.
Oscar Wilde
I despair of the Republic! Such dreariness, such whining sallow women, such utter absence of the amenities, such crass food, crass manners, crass landscape!! What a horror it is for a whole nation to be developing without the sense of beauty, and eating bananas for breakfast.
Edith Wharton
Class has always been a staple of British comedy. We’ve always been able to laugh at it. When British shows are translated to America, the absence of the equivalent class structure there often causes them to fail. But over here we’ve always got comic mileage out of it.
Dick Clement
But what I found most interesting was that Aaron had apparently found a way to pass the time without her. Beside him, holding his hand, was a Moroi girl who looked about eleven but had to be older, unless he’d become a pedophile during our absence.
Richelle Mead
Father’s silence is not merely the absence of sound. It’s a creature with a life of its own. It chokes you. It pinches you small as a grain of rice. It twists in your gut like a worm. Silence clawed at my throat. It left a taste of burnt matches.
Franny Billingsley
If you had only truth, goodness, and harmony on your side, and the complete absence of the other, there would be no creative impulse.
Deepak Chopra
Tyranny is usually tempered with assassination, and Democracy must be tempered with culture. In the absence of this, it turns into a representation of collective folly.
John Stuart Mackenzie
Greek culture is pleasant to contemplate because of its great simplicity and naturalness, and because of the absence of gadgets, each of which is sooner or later a cause of servitude.
George Sarton
The absence of a peace treaty [with Japan] is an anachronism we inherited from the past and it must be removed. However, how to do this is a complicated issue.
Vladimir Putin
There is no need to struggle to be free; the absence of struggle is in itself freedom.
Chogyam Trungpa
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
John Polanyi
To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home.
Hal Borland
Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
To return after long years of painful absence to some place which has been the scene of our former joys, and whence the force of circumstance, and not choice, has driven us, is oppressive to the heart.
Samuel Lover
The absence of doll babies in my toy chest didn’t seriously influence my later decision not to become a mother; rather, I disdained Hasbro’s Baby Alive wetting doll because I was already the kind of girl who would grow up to be childless by choice.
Lionel Shriver
You lose respect for a person who says things about you in your absence.
Urfi Javed
The absence of risk is a sure sign of mediocrity.
Charles de Foucauld
I dote on his very absence.
William Shakespeare
Capitalism has taught us that markets are always more efficient than hierarchical managerial coordination. But in a situation where those three conditions aren’t met, I can’t outsource or partner with you because markets don’t function in the absence of sufficient information.
Clayton Christensen
Wives in their husbands’ absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
Lord Byron
The human soul has need of security and also of risk. The fear of violence or of hunger or of any other extreme evil is a sickness of the soul. The boredom produced by a complete absence of risk is also a sickness of the soul.
Simone Weil
I never, even for a moment, doubted what they’d told me. This is why it is that adults and even parents can, unwittingly, be cruel: they cannot imagine doubt’s complete absence. They have forgotten.
David Foster Wallace
You try to be faithful And sometimes you’re cruel. You are mine. Then, you leave. Without you, I can’t cope. And when you take the lead, I become your footstep. Your absence leaves a void. Without you, I can’t cope. You have disturbed my sleep, You have wrecked my image. You have set me apart. Without you, I can’t cope.
True love isn’t the kind that endures through long years of absence, but the kind that endures through long years of propinquity.
Helen Rowland
Just as darkness is born of the absence of light, the shadow side of our collective experience is born of ignorance of the underlying truth of the unity of life.
John Hagelin
What freezings I have felt, what dark days seen,
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
William Shakespeare
Banish (the onion) from the kitchen and the pleasure flies with it. Its presence lends color and enchantment to the most modest dish; its absence reduces the rarest delicacy to hopeless insipidity, and dinner to despair.
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The absence of diverse voices leads to policies and programs that adversely impact African-Americans.
Marcia Fudge
The absence of the will to live is, alas, not sufficient to make one want to die.
Michel Houellebecq
And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope-nothing else.
Patti Davis
It is not badness, it is the absence of goodness, which, in Art as in Life, is so depressing.
Freya Stark
Keto is the only diet that heals you internally because absence of carbs means no sugar in your body, as carb transforms into sugar. It is the diet which was followed by our ancestors and they lived a healthy and a happy life.
Zareen Khan
Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men.
Milton Friedman
There is By my leaning over the precipice Of your presence and your absence in hopeless fusion My finding the secret Of loving you Always for the first time
Andre Breton
Woman absent is woman dead.
Ambrose Bierce
The collapse of good conscience and the absence of accountability and public scrutiny have led to crimes against humanity and violations of international law.
Nelson Mandela
Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.
Henry Adams
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the recognition that some things are more important than fear – and what’s more important to me is faith.
Irshad Manji
Everything that belonged to her husband made her weep again: his tasseled slippers, his pajamas under the pillow, the space of his absence in the dressing table mirror, his own odor on her skin. A vague thought made her shudder: “The people one loves should take all their things with them when they die.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Insecurity exists in the absence of knowledge. All security derives from knowledge.
L. Ron Hubbard
I have been long a sleeper; but I trust
My absence doth neglect no great design
Which by my presence might have been concluded.
William Shakespeare
Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
Leo Rosten
Funk is the absence of any and everything you can think of, but the very essence of all that is. And saying that, I’m saying funk is anything that we create in our minds that we want to do, what we want to be, but we don’t have the resources.
Bootsy Collins
You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence, or in absence. Both mourn, the angels, the prophets, and this sadness I feel has taken from me the taste of language, so that I cannot say the flavor of my being apart.
An inward sincerity will of course influence the outward deportment; but where the one is wanting, there is great reason to suspect the absence of the other.
Laurence Sterne
Just as darkness is sometimes defined as the absence of light, so age is defined as the absence of youth.
Betty Friedan
There were a lot of rumors spread about me. Of course, I didn’t show up to defend myself, so my absence helped create even more.
Sean Young
The heart of man does not tolerate an absence of the excellent and supreme.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
Dorothy Thompson
Perhaps there is no gift of nature that requires as little exertion on the part of the owner as personal beauty. I am not certain but that it is this very absence of effort which excites our admiration.
Bret Harte
No mistake, I shall regret the absence of your keen mind; unfortunately, it is inseparable from an extremely disturbing body.
Gary Cooper
All problems exist in the absence of a good conversation.
Thomas Leonard
From the point of view of enlightenment, none of this has ever even been. All time and space, all the conditions that are apparent in the absence of enlightenment are unreal.
Frederick Lenz
The complete absence of the story – that was the best thing about this whole thing, because you know that nothing’s going to happen and everything’s going to happen. It’s just the gaze. You create your own zone.
Marina Abramovic
When money disappears, we soon understand the power of absence.
Mason Cooley
When you have the president arguing that there was mass voter fraud in the absence of any evidence whatsoever – I mean, literally zero – what’s to stop anyone from saying so-and-so’s a so-and-so?
John Fetterman
Just the absence of loneliness. That’s love enough.
John Rechy
It is definitely true that the fundamental enabling technology for electric cars is lithium-ion as a cell chemistry technology. In the absence of that, I don’t think it’s possible to make an electric car that is competitive with a gasoline car.
Elon Musk
Wellness seeks more than the absence of illness; it searches for new levels of excellence. Beyond any disease-free neutral point, wellness dedicates its efforts to our total well-being – in body, mind, and spirit.
Greg Anderson
Absence of Quality is the essence of squareness.
Robert M. Pirsig
Would a soul continually eye His everlasting tenderness and compassion…[then] it could not bear an hour’s absence from Him; whereas now, perhaps, it cannot watch with him one hour.
John Owen
The ‘peace’ the gospel brings is never the absence of conflict, but an ineffable divine reassurance within the heart of conflict; a peace that surpasses understanding.
Walter Wink
Inasmuch as society cannot go on without discipline of some kind, men were constrained, in the absence of any other form of discipline, to turn to discipline of the military type.
Irving Babbitt
The hoax is the very absence of truth, which usually means art is absent, too – hoaxes regularly substitute claims of reality for imagination, facts for form, acting as if artifice is the antithesis of art.
Kevin Young
I’m constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism.
Liam Neeson
The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
Anais Nin
All flowers will droop in the absence of the sun that waked their sweets.
John Dryden
You say, The sensed absence of God and the sensed presence amount to much the same thing, only in reverse.
Margaret Atwood
The riches of successful entrepreneurs is not the cause of anybody’s poverty; it is the consequence of the fact that the consumers are better supplied than they would have been in the absence of the entrepreneur’s efforts.
Ludwig von Mises
Western dictionaries define secularism as absence of religion but Indian secularism does not mean irreligiousness.It means profusion of religions.
Shashi Tharoor
True Joy is not the absence of pain but the sanctifying, sustaining presence of the Lord Jesus in the midst of the pain
Nancy Leigh DeMoss
There are a couple of strategies for writing about an absence or writing about a loss. One can create the person that was lost, develop the character of the fiancee. There’s another strategy that one can employ, maybe riskier… Make the reader suffer the loss of the character in a more literal way.
Junot Diaz
Toxic thoughts leave no room for truth to flourish. And in the absence of truth, lies reign. Spend some time soaking in your favorite verses from Scripture tonight. The more we read God’s truths and let truth fill our minds, the less time we’ll spend contemplating untruths and toxic thoughts.
Lysa TerKeurst
Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
Rollo May
In the absence of a natural disaster we are left again to our own uneasy devices.
Joan Didion
Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.
Pope John Paul II
Peace is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind.
Jawaharlal Nehru
Although I am an anarch, I am not anti-authoritarian. Quite the opposite: I need authority, although I do not believe in it. My critical faculties are sharpened by the absence of the credibility that I ask for. As a historian, I know what can be offered.
Ernst Junger
What I sometimes mistake for ecstasy is simply the absence of grief.
Sarah Kane
Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.
William Shakespeare
In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.
Elijah Wood
The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business-tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Bertrand Russell
Spiritual growth thrives in the midst of our problems, not in their absence. Spiritual growth occurs in the trenches of life, not in the classroom.
Mike Yaconelli
Bravery is not the absence of fear but the forging ahead despite being afraid
Robert Liparulo
Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.
Jeffrey Zeldman
The problem with death is absence
Roger Rosenblatt
for in the absence of God he had found Man. Man killing man, man helping man, both of them anonymous: the scourge and the blessing.
Guillermo del Toro
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We talk much more about individualism and liberty than our ancestors. But as so often happens, when anything becomes conscious, the consciousness is compensatory for absence in practice.
John Dewey
In the absence of fear there is little faith.
Michael Palin
Bravery is not the absence of fear. Bravery is the ability to operate effectively even while totally terrified.
Stuart Wilde
True friends don’t say good-bye, they just take extended leaves of absences from each other.
Chris’ absence is very much felt. There’s just a huge void in our home life.
Dana Reeve
The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination
C. S. Lewis
American popular culture has long been marked by an absence of empathy for American Indians. Westerns doubled as a campaign against so-called savages in a way that desensitized us to the savages we’d become.
Wesley Morris
Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.
Michael Crichton
For me, it’s not necessarily interesting to play a strong, fearless woman. It’s interesting to play a woman who is terrified and then overcomes that fear. It’s about the journey. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it.
Natalie Dormer
I was born in a suburb outside of Philadelphia called Lower Merion. After taking many leaves of absence, I just received my BA from NYU in Art History. I initially gravitated towards singing. Acting sort of sprang out of that as a means to participate in musicals.
Gideon Glick
Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement.
Gerald Jampolsky
‘T is 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
Mythological subjects always new. Modern subjects difficult because of the absence of the nude and the wretchedness of modern costume.
Eugene Delacroix
Indeed, men never know how to love. nothing satisfies them. All they know is to dream, to imagine new duties, to look for new countries and new homes. While we women, we know that we must hasten to love, to share the same bed, hold hands, and fear absence. When we women love, we dream of nothing.
Albert Camus
The best thing about science is that hard, empirical answers are always there if you look hard enough. The best thing about religion is that the very absence of that certainty is what requires – and gives rise to – deep feelings of faith.
Jeffrey Kluger
Better not to invent her in her absence. Better to wait until she’s actually here. Then he can make her up as she goes along.
Margaret Atwood
Dialogue cannot exist, however, in the absence of a profound love for the world and its people.
Paulo Freire
Dullness is more than a religious issue, it is a cultural issue. Our entire culture has become dull. Dullness is the absence of the light of our souls. Look around. We have lost the sparkle in our eyes, the passion in our marriages, the meaning in our work, the joy of our faith.
Mike Yaconelli
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is action in spite of fear. Courageous people never really overcome their fears. They just become determined to push through them and to use that adrenaline to their advantage.
Jeff Myers
Freedom is not the absence of obligation or restraint, but the freedom of movement within healthy, chosen parameters.
Kristin Armstrong
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence. Time and distance blur the edges; then suddenly the beloved has arrived, and it’s noon with its merciless light, and every spot and pore and wrinkle and bristle stands clear.
Margaret Atwood
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza
Every age fraught with discord and danger seems to spawn a leader meant only for that age, a political giant whose absence, in retrospect, seems inconceivable when the history of that age is written.
Dan Simmons
I find this in all these places I’ve been travelling – from India to China, to Japan and Europe and to Brazil – there is a frustration with the terms of public discourse, with a kind of absence of discussion of questions of justice and ethics and of values.
Michael Sandel
Many are observing Ferguson and witnessing the anger, demonstrations, looting and vandalism and calling for quiet. But quiet isn’t enough. The absence of noise isn’t the presence of justice – and we must demand justice in Ferguson and the other ‘Fergusons’ around America.
Jesse Jackson
We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.
John McCain
Prayer and a holy life are one. They mutually act and react. Neither can survive alone. The absence of the one is the absence of the other.
Edward McKendree Bounds
Love is a funny thing, isn’t it? The presence of it can bring you to save a foe, the absence of it can make you hurt your own flesh.
Stefanie Schneider
: There are only two on-buttons for fear, in any permutation you want. One is when something that shouldn’t be is, meaning a presence. And, the other one is an absence.
Guillermo del Toro
There is hardly any contact more depressing to a young ardent creature than that of a mind in which years full of knowledge seem to have issued in a blank absence of interest or sympathy.
George Eliot
Many people believe that evil is the presence of something. I think it’s the absence of something.
Lisa Unger
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.
Gautama Buddha
The coalition government made it clear from the outset that it would proceed with defendant anonymity in rape cases only if the evidence justifying it was clear and sound. In the absence of any such finding, it has reached the conclusion that the proposal does not stand on its merits.
Crispin Blunt
Awareness is key. In the absence of information, none of us know what is happening and what could be jeopardizing our health, our water supply, and our planet.
Erin Brockovich
It’s been easier to convince people to hand over half their income, their children to war, and their freedoms in perpetuity – than to engage them in seriously considering how roads might function in the absence of taxation.
Stefan Molyneux
Achilles absent was Achilles still!
Absence cools moderate passions, and inflames violent ones; just as the wind blows out candles, but kindles fires.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
An empty shell. Those were the first words that sprang to mind. …. Something incredibly important – .. – had disappeared from Miu for good. Leaving behind not life, but its absence
Haruki Murakami
We declare that love is the cause of the existence of all phenomena and that the absence of love is the cause of disintegration or non-existence.
We may feel fear but we do not have to give in to it. We can do whatever we need and want to do, even if we have to “do it afraid.” Courage is not the absence of fear; it is action in the presence of fear.
Joyce Meyer
Joy was more than just an absence of discomfort.
Brandon Sanderson
I think about freedom as not only as the absence of oppression but also the presence of justice and joy.
DeRay Mckesson
i will show you fear in a handful of dust.” t.s. eliot we don’t actually fear death, we fear that no one will notice our absence, that we will disappear without a trace.
T. S. Eliot
It is the essence of the institutions of liberty that it be recognized that guilt is personal and cannot be attributed to the holding of opinions or to mere intent in the absence of overt acts.
Charles Evans Hughes
Absence of pain makes anything possible
Nicole Blackman
Asceticism is the trifling of an enthusiast with his power, a puerile coquetting with his selfishness or his vanity, in the absence of any sufficiently great object to employ the first or overcome the last.
Florence Nightingale
Back in pre-Revolutionary America cruel and unusual punishment meant the rack and burning at the stake… in more recent rulings it has been taken to mean the absence of cable television and denial of sex-change operations, or just overcrowding in the prisons.
Tom Clancy
Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.
Eric Hoffer
Average human nature is very coarse, and its ideals must necessarily be average. The world never loved perfect poise. What the world does love is commonly absence of poise, for it has to be amused.
Henry Adams
Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is not the absence of fear and pain, but the affirmation of life despite fear and pain.
Earl A Grollman
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it
Mahatma Gandhi
True humility is not in the absence of confidence but strength restrained.
Bill Johnson
You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.
Neil Gaiman
Rudeness luxuriates in the absence of self-respect.
Eric Hoffer
L’absence diminue les mediocres passions, et augmente les grandes,comme le vent eteint les bougies, et allume le feu. Absence diminishes commonplace passions, and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
… freedom isn’t the absence of boundaries; it’s the ability to operate successfully and happily within boundaries.
Shirley Boone
In youth, the absense of pleasure is pain, in old age, the absence of pain is pleasure.
Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
The absence of political personalities in the government will help rather than hinder a solid base of support for the government in parliament and in the political parties because it will remove one ground for disagreement.
Mario Monti
The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
Havelock Ellis
The greatest gift for an individual or a nation… was abhaya, fearlessness, not merely bodily courage but absence of fear from the mind.
Aung San Suu Kyi
The problem with secret crushes: in the absence of requital the love turns bitter.
Paul Monette
People imagine that missing a loved one works kind of like missing cigarettes,’ he said. ‘The first day is really hard but the next day is less hard and so forth, easier and easier the longer you go on. But instead it’s like missing water. Every day, you notice the person’s absence more.
Anne Tyler
It is only love that has already fallen sick that is killed by absence.
Diane de Poitiers
For in hope’s absence, a miracle arrived
Cameron Dokey
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Ronald Reagan
Let there be an end to the arrogance of the big powers who miss no opportunity to put the rights of the people in question. Africa’s absence from the club of those who have the right to veto is unjust and should be ended.
Thomas Sankara
But in our experience, man is cheap and friendship wants its deep sense. We affect to dwell with our friends in their absence, but we do not; when deed, word, or letter comes not, they let us go.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This peace is not the absence of anything. Real peace is the presence of something beautiful. Both peace and the thirst for it have been in the heart of every human being in every century and every civilization.
Prem Rawat
I have my husband and children near me in Rome, and I feel this is where we are temporarily belonging. But personally, all my life, I have felt the absence of a sense of history.
Jhumpa Lahiri
The peace we seek and need means much more than mere absence of war. It means the acceptance of law, and the fostering of justice, in all the world.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Life has become the ideology of its own absence.
Theodor W. Adorno
I regard gratitude as an asset and its absence a major interpersonal flaw.
Marshall Goldsmith
Perhaps the greatest lesson [Huxley] learned from reading Carlyle was that real religion, that emotive feeling for Truth and Beauty, could flourish in the absence of an idolatrous theology.
Adrian Desmond
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
William Cowper
The greatest single cause of a poor self-image is the absence of unconditional love.
Zig Ziglar
The military world is characterized by the absence of freedom – in other words, a rigorous discipline-enforced inactivity, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery and drunkenness.
Leo Tolstoy
Love has no value in the absence of truth.
C. J. Anderson
Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is acting in spite of fear.
James Neil Hollingworth
Every characteristic absence of spirituality, every piece of common vulgarity, is due to an inability to resist a stimulus – you have to react, you follow every impulse.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Money does not bring happiness’ – only the wherewithal, perhaps, to endure its absence.
Barbara Ehrenreich
To find love in Paris you must go down among those classes where the absence of education and of vanity, and the struggle for bare necessities, have allowed more energy to survive.
Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.
Antonio Porchia
Tensions and violence in cities across America are reminders of how quickly communities can erupt with an absence of social trust.
Stanley A. McChrystal
Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.
Anthony de Mello
We communicate happiness to others not often by great acts of devotion and self-sacrifice, but by the absence of fault-finding and censure, by being ready to sympathize with their notions and feelings, instead of forcing them to sympathize with ours.
Adam Clarke
Atheism is the absence of religion. We don’t really need atheism. We just need to get rid of religion.
Penn Jillette
Sometimes the crowd is the madness – at others it’s the absence of the crowd that is.
Will Self
The attachment to a rationalistic, teleological notion of progress indicates the absence of true progress; he whose life does not unfold satisfyingly under its own momentum is driven to moralize it, to set up goals and rationalize their achievement as progress.
John Carroll
The test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins. Foreign policy is the art of establishing priorities. Demonization is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one. The test is not absolute satisfaction but balanced dissatisfaction.
Henry A. Kissinger
No woman need fear the effect of absence upon the man who honestly loves her. The needle of the compass, regardless of intervening seas, points forever toward the north. Pitiful indeed is she who fails to be a magnet and blindly becomes a chain.
Myrtle Reed
We have wandered into a state of prolonged neurosis because of the absence of a direct pipeline to the unconscious and we have then fallen victim to priestcraft of every conceivable sort.
Terence McKenna
Perfection in any endeavor is an aiming point. Let the desire for it push you, but don’t let the absence of it stop you.
Ralph Marston
But I still always felt the absence of a mother.
Marcel Carne
Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
There are absolute atheists … Absolute atheism is in no way a mere absence of belief in God. It is rather a refusal of God, a fight against God, a challenge to God.
Jacques Maritain
One thing I knew about the novelist’s task: when in doubt, write; when empty, write; when afraid, write. Nothing is more impenetrable than the blank page. The blank page is the void, the absence of sense and feeling, the white light of literary death.
Philip Sington
And in the absence of facts, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history.
Stacy Schiff
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Prolonged absence makes the heart forget.
Thomas Haynes Bayly
The surest way to lose democracy is to take it for granted. Every citizen must contribute to its advancement in some way. No nation or culture can long survive the absence of transcendent values and absolutes.
Carl F. H. Henry
Inner silence is not just the absence of thoughts. No! Silence is the blossoming of our indomitable inner will. Silence is our inner wisdom-light.
Sri Chinmoy
Sister Carlotta, I’m on a leave of absence right now. That means I’ve been sacked, in case you don’t understand how the I.F. handles these things.” “Sacked! A miscarriage of justice. You ought to be shot.
Orson Scott Card
I wish you to inform the Court that my absence, though deliberate, is not intended in any way to be disrespectful. Nor is it prompted by any fear of the punishment which might be inflicted on me.
Bram Fischer
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
Henry Kissinger
Anything whose presence or absence makes no discernible difference is no essential part of the whole.
When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan
The astonishment of life is the absence of any appearances of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I want to play roles where my absence should be felt. It may not necessarily be a lead role, but my character should be crucial to the show.
Hiten Tejwani
Commitment is a word invented in our abstract modernity to signify the absence of any real motives in the soul for moral dedication.
Allan Bloom
Faith is one of the forces by which men live, and the total absence of it means collapse
William James
Being a dad is like – there’s nothing more important. So the exploration of that in stories, with parents and fathers and brothers, siblings, I just think that you’re always in the terrain of love, whether it’s absence of love or the giving of love or the desire for love.
Gavin O’Connor
It is partly the absence of recorded history which sends women now to the lives of women past for the detailed documentation of their daily lives.
Dale Spender
it is inconceivable that poverty eradication can make much headway in the absence of major advances in literacy.
Koichiro Matsuura
Purity means lack of hatred, jealousy, fear, greed and lust – the absence of anything that can stain consciousness.
Frederick Lenz
The world sees peace as the absence of conflict or pain, but Jesus offers us solace despite our suffering.
David E. Sorensen
The human animal, like others, is adapted to a certain amount of struggle for life [and] the mere absence of effort from his life removes an essential ingredient of happiness. [. . .] He forgets that to be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell
Parting is such sweet sorrow
William Shakespeare
With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair, she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband’s absences at conventions, dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office.
Louis Auchincloss
What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Donald E. Williams, Jr.
Contractile movements arise, sometimes at the instigation of external stimuli but sometimes also in the absence of any apparent external influence.
Wilhelm Wundt
In the absence of a magnetic field the period of all these oscillations is the same. But as soon as the electron is exposed to the effect of a magnetic field, its motion changes.
Pieter Zeeman
I think there are enough professional actors to fill in for me in my absence. I enjoyed it, but I can’t imagine a role that would be interesting beyond playing myself.
Lou Dobbs
Sometimes, patients with serious mental illness, just as with other serious medical illnesses, require hospitalization. In the absence of available public or private hospital beds, there are few options.
Thomas R. Insel
In France, a woman may forget that she is neither young nor handsome; for the absence of these claims to attention does not expose her to be neglected by the male sex.
Marguerite Gardiner
The absence of words is the absence of intimacy. There are experiences that are starved for language.
Andrew Solomon
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
Jean Paul
The fault I find with most American newspapers is not the absence of dissent. it is the absence of news. With a dozen or so honorable exceptions, most American newspapers carry very little news. Their main concern is advertising.
I. F. Stone
You know music and sound design can be very powerful with how you use it but also the absence of sound can say a lot as well.
James Wan
In the absence of federal leadership, Coloradans should take our rightful role as leaders seriously and work with other states and countries to reduce carbon emissions.
Jared Polis
Spaniards were condemned for appeasing terrorism by voting for withdrawing troops from Iraq in the absence of U.N. authorization – that is, for taking a stand rather like that of 70 percent of Americans, who called for the U.N. to take the leading role in Iraq.
Noam Chomsky
Absence becomes the greatest Presence.
May Sarton
What we call pleasure, and rightly so is the absence of all pain.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants. A genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow man. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.
G. M Gilbert
Success is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.
Aisha Tyler
The mere absence of war is not peace.
John F. Kennedy
If Bill Finger created Batman, where is Bill Finger’s byline on my strip? It is conspicuous by its absence.
Bob Kane
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
Wole Soyinka
For I am every dead thing In whom love wrought new alchemy For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness He ruined me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death; things which are not.
John Donne
I’d excluded New York from my writing, and then I came back and I fell in love with it all over again. The energy comes from an absence, that yearning for New York when you are not there.
Jonathan Lethem
I believe the only reality is how we treat each other. The morality comes from the absence of any grander scheme, not from the presence of any grander scheme.
Joss Whedon
Inspiration leads to invention. Tenacity is the breeding ground for inspiration. There can be no invention in the absence of tenacity.
Momofuku Ando
Redneck is: the glorious absence of sophistication
Jeff Foxworthy
Women need to see ourselves as individuals capable of creating change. That is what political and economic power is all about: having a voice, being able to shape the future. Women’s absence from decision-making positions has deprived the country of a necessary perspective.
Madeleine M. Kunin
Whatever sense of professional competence we feel in adult life is less the sum of accomplishment than the absence of impossibility: it’s really our relief at no longer having to do things we were never good at doing in the first place – relief at never again having to dissect a frog or memorize the periodic table.
Adam Gopnik
Here you are, you’re a liberal, probably define peace as the absence of conflict. I define peace as the ability to defend yourself and blow your enemies into smithereens.
Sean Hannity
Bipartisan democracy presupposes the individual, whose welfare is identical with that of the community in which he lives, the absence of coherent social classes, a basic uniformity of interest throughout.
Learned Hand
For me, synchronicity is a way of confirming the rightness of action. It is only in its absence that I realize I’m out of kilter with, for want of a better term, the collective unconscious.
Nick Bantock
Absence of proof isn’t proof of absence.
Robert Buettner
Rhage exhaled slowly, air easing out of his nose. As he sank into his skin, he reveled in the perfection of peace. The heavenly silence. The great roaring absence.
J.R. Ward
As an artist I would like to eliminate the symbolic pretty much, for black is interesting not as a color but as a non-color and as the absence of color.
Ad Reinhardt
Life has become the ideology of its own absence.
Theodor Adorno
The orgy of thieving in Iraq has more to do with the character of the people than the absence of restraining troops. And to think that good, decent, law-abiding young British and American men and women laid down their lives to liberate this thieving mob.
Robert Kilroy-Silk
Some say economics has all kinds of good tools and techniques, but it has an absence of interesting problems. I look around the world, and I see all kinds of interesting, important problems we ought to solve with the tools we have.
Alvin E. Roth
Bravery is fearlessness-the absence of fear. The merest dolt may be brave because he lacks the mentality to appreciate his danger.
Napoleon Hill
I am truly horrified by modern man. Such absence of feeling, such narrowness of outlook, such lack of passion and information, such feebleness of thought.
Alexander Herzen
What we call evil is the absence of Light, of love, in all cases.
Gary Zukav
If, by happiness, you mean the absence of adversity I and all fabricants are the happiest stratum in corpocracy as genomicists insist. However, if happiness means the conquest of adversity or a sense of purpose, or the xercise of one’s will to power, then of all Nea So Copros’s slaves we surely are the most miserable.
David Mitchell
All human desire is poised on an axis of paradox, absence and presence its poles, love and hate its motive energies.
Anne Carson
The absence of disease is not health.
Shawn Achor
In the absence of observers, our universe is dead
Andrei Linde
Immortality,’ said Crake, ‘ is a concept. If you take ‘mortality’ as being, not death, but the foreknowledge of it and the fear of it, then ‘immortality’ is the absence of such fear. Babies are immortal. Edit out the fear, and you’ll be.
Margaret Atwood
In you is the illusion of each day. You arrive like the dew to the cupped flowers. You undermine the horizon with your absence. Eternally in flight like the wave.
Pablo Neruda
All the arts are based on the presence of man, only photography derives an advantage from his absence. Photography affects us like a phenomenon in nature, like a flower or a snowflake whose vegetable or earthly origins are an inseparable part of their beauty.
Andre Bazin
I am an advocate for awareness, the truth, and a person’s right to know. I believe that in the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health, which is the greatest gift we have.
Erin Brockovich
I used to say, ‘There is a God-shaped hole in me.’ For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
Salman Rushdie
Boredom is not a thing. It’s not a feeling or a condition. It is the absence of feelings, things and conditions.
A. A. Gill
Peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict. Only a just peace based on the inherent rights and dignity of every individual can truly be lasting.
Barack Obama
Some said the original evil was the vacuum caused by the Fairy Queen Lurline leaving us alone here. When goodness removes itself, the space it occupies corrodes and becomes evil and maybe slpits apart and multiplies. So every evil thing is a sign of the absence of deity
Gregory Maguire
True net-heads sometimes resort to punctuation cartoons to get around the absence of inflection.
Barton Gellman
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.
Thomas Moore
Our lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior. We are nourished by expressions like ‘excuse me’ and other such simple courtesies…Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.
Edward M Hays
No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving.
Lord Byron
Courage is not the absence of fear, it is taking a step forward when you are afraid.
Ken McGrath
Love can isolate us from everything around us. But in its absence, we can be filled with the fear that something comparable exists.
Carlos Fuentes
There is in Aristotle an almost complete absence of what may be called benevolence or philanthropy. The sufferings of mankind . . . there is no evidence that they cause him unhappiness except when the sufferers happen to be his friends.
Bertrand Russell
In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred – everything is for sale.
Oren Lyons
And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope – nothing else.
Patti Davis
Love’s absence ailed me. I could not imagine loving my husband. He was a superior and I did not know how to love and be subservient together. Nor had he ever thought of me as a human being, let alone a woman. For no reason had he ever softened towards me, I had stirred him that little.
Tehmina Durrani
But I have long loved the written word, and come to see in it the power of the sleeping lion. This is my name. This is who I am. This is how I got here. In the absence of an audience, I will write down my story so that it waits like a restful beast with lungs breathing and heart beating.
Lawrence Hill
It is possible to rise to the lofty standard set by the Lord for priesthood holders in making decisions in quorums. It is possible when there is great faith and love and the absence of contention.
Henry B. Eyring
We know that Las Vegas is junk, but at the same time I think that exactly the same process and ultimately also, perhaps the same logic, attaches itself to or underlies our masterpieces. We live in an amazing era when in spite of an absence of masters there is an explosion of masterpieces.
Rem Koolhaas
Leadership is an elusive concept, hard to describe and impossible to prescribe. It is more evident in its absence, so that when leadership is needed, its lack is sorely felt.
Patrick Dodson
In the absence of a subject with which you are passionately involved, and without the excitement that drives you to grasp it and exhaust it, you may take some beautiful pictures, but not a photographic oeuvre.
I always miss my mom. Mother’s Day would be just one more day I’d feel her absence but for the relentless commercialization. Thanks to that, this day is even harder to deal with.
M. J. Rose
Meditation is humility – the absence of thought, doubt, and ego.
Frederick Lenz
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
The clear and simple words of common usage are always better than those of erudition. The jargon of the philosophers not seldom conceals an absence of thought.
Andre Maurois
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.
Antonin Artaud
I am spoken to not in words, which come to me quaint and veiled, but in signs, in conformations of face and hands, in postures of shoulders and feet, in nuances of tune and tone, in gaps and absences whose grammar has never been recorded.
J. M. Coetzee
He had no idea of how long his life would one day seem to have gone on; how daily present the absence of love would come to feel. “Just watch me,” he said.
Michael Chabon
I said peace is sometimes narrowly interpreted; it’s the absence of conflict between nations or something. But peace is more inherent, more basic to human life, human beings, what we feel about each other, what we feel about life around us and what we see in our future.
Muhammad Yunus
Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
Neal A. Maxwell
By the deficiency or absence of one necessary constituent, all the others being present, the soil is rendered barren for all those crops to the life of which that one constituent is indispensable.
Justus von Liebig
He who rejoices even at the stake triumphs not over pain but over the absence of pain where he had anticipated feeling it. A parable.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Peace is more than just absence of war. It is rather a state in which no people of any country, in fact no group of people of any kind live in fear or in need.
Poul Hartling
I make the other’s absence responsible for my worldliness.
Roland Barthes
Let me say for now that we knew once the Creation was broken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don’t misunderstand me, both are needed- but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence
William P. Young
Your clothes smell heavily of clothing. Your den is filled with low-hanging palls of fresh air. The only rattle in your car is the sound of toll change in the ashtray. The absence of telltale tobacco stains on your shirt collar tells the tale – you’ve licked the smoking habit.
Robert Breault
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
Helen Keller
In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touched starved. Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.
Diane Ackerman
In the absence of hope we must still struggle to survive, and so we do-by the skin of our teeth.
William Styron
Emotional well-being is more than the absence of a mental illness. It’s that resource within each of us which allows us to reach ever closer to our full potential, and which also enables us to be resilient in the face of adversity.
Vivek Murthy
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
William Cowper
An absence of credible information prevents citizens from participating in public decision-making, particularly on key issues of concern such as education, health, and governance.
Ory Okolloh
These were everyday sounds magnified by darkness. And darkness was nothing – it was not a substance, it was not a presence, it was no more than an absence of light.
Ian Mcewan
The near cousin of optimism is hope: knowing the steps needed to get to a goal and having the energy to pursue those steps. It is a primal motivating force, and its absence is paralyzing.
Daniel Goleman
In the absence of that, I am happy to play solo, but I don’t think there is any comparison.
Derek Bailey
Persecution always acts as a jell for members of cults; it proves to them, in the absence of history, liturgy, tradition, and doctrine, that they are God’s chosen.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Peace can be threatening because peace is the absence of problems and conflict. There is something, perhaps in the personal you, that does not want freedom or peace, or the absence of problems. There’s something that wants the opposite.
Eckhart Tolle
Since you went the sun refuses to shine The sky joins me in weeping for your absence All our pleasure is gone with you … Silence reigns everywhere … Oh come back! Already the shepherds and their flocks call for you! Come back soon, or it will be winter in May.
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz
I had to let go of him. But I knew that as long as I lived, I would feel the phantompain of his absence.
Lisa Kleypas
A woman can slip on a pair of embellished cage heels one night and a pair of streamlined, lightweight sneakers the next day. The beauty of modern luxury is the absence of rules.
Giuseppe Zanotti
I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.
Jodi Picoult
Absence of thought is indeed a powerful factor in human affairs, statistically speaking the most powerful, not just in the conduct of the many but in the conduct of all.
Hannah Arendt
Assuredly, meeting after absence, is one of – ah, no! – it is life’s most delicious feeling.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
If you know with a complete absence of doubt that what you are doing is consistent with your own purpose and that you are involved in accomplishing a great affair, then you are at peace with yourself and in harmony with your own heroic mission.
Wayne Dyer
In architecture, space was a material to be shaped, even created. For these men, the material was silence. Silence like water in which you could drown, the absence of talk as constricting as the absence of air.
Amy Waldman
When a person disappears, everything becomes impregnated with that person’s presence. Every single object as well as every space becomes a reminder of absence, as if absence were more important than presence.
Doris Salcedo
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
Dalai Lama
In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails.
Robert Fritz
Politics is too big a game to feel the absence of a Kamal Haasan.
Kamal Haasan
He couldn’t bear to live, but he couldn’t bear to die. He couldn’t bear the thought of he making love to someone else, but neither could he bear the absence of the thought. And as for the note, he couldn’t bear to keep it, but he couldn’t bear to destroy it either.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Neymar has the capability to be a leader in the absence of Leo. He’s one of those players who can make the team feel better.
Sergio Busquets
Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience upon which primordial shamanism is based is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.
Terence McKenna
The secret of life is balance, and the absence of balance is life’s destruction.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
I hoped my absence made them happy or at least made them forget that they weren’t happy and never will be.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I think there is no way to write about being alone. To write is to tell something to somebody to communicate to others. . . . Solitude is noncommunication, the absence of others, the presence of a self sufficient to itself.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Anger and violence in Gaza and among Gazans is completely predictable. In a situation like ours, the absence of violence and anger would be abnormal. All of of us feel angry at least occasionally.
Izzeldin Abuelaish
Absence may or may not make the heart grow fonder, but it certainly freshens the eye.
Stephen King
All wealth is relative; and so is its absence.
Sybille Bedford
I’m busy, man, too busy. There’s a lamentable absence of free time.
Juan Pablo Montoya
She thought of what it would be like to grow up without the one certainty that every baby deseved – when I’m hurt or cold or scared, someone will come and care for me – and how that absence could warp you so that you’d lash out at the people you loved, driving them away when all you wanted to do was pull them closer.
Jennifer Weiner
Faith is the acknowledgment of the entire absence of all goodness in us, and the recognition of the cross as the substitute for all the want on our part. Faith saves, because it owns the complete salvation of another, and not because it contributes anything to that salvation.
Horatius Bonar
It’s about me, or people wouldn’t be so anxious to keep me from knowing about it. The absence of information is information. ~ Ender
Orson Scott Card
My stroller of choice is the Graco Classic. It’s the ’70s Buick of strollers, bulky with a complete absence of style. There are no good lines on the Graco. Yes, it has cup holders, like any self-respecting car or stroller does these days, but the luxuries stop there.
Shawn Amos
Every now and then she looked around for tangible evidence of his having ever been there. Where were the butterflies? the blueberries? the whistling reed? She could find nothing, for he had left nothing but his stunning absence.
Toni Morrison
In the mountains, worldly attachments are left behind, and in the absence of material distractions, we are opened up to spiritual thought. We should be attempting to carry the spiritual experience of the mountains with us everywhere.
Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Of all the ills that circumstance forces upon man, separation from a beloved object is, perhaps, the most salutary. Separation is the crucible wherein love undergoes the test absolute; in the fire of loss, grief softens to indifference or hardens to enduring need.
Katherine Cecil Thurston
Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.
Milan Kundera
I’m not making a problem out of a personal question; I make of a personal question an absence of a problem.
Michel Foucault
Invoking the letters of God’s Name without presence of mind is invocation of the tongue; invoking with presence of mind is invocation of the heart; and invoking with an absence of self-awareness because of absorption in the Invoked is the invocation of the Self – this is the hidden invocation!
Ibn Ata Allah
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). We may imagine we want a thousand different things, but God is the one we really long for. His presence brings satisfaction; his absence brings thirst and longing.
Randy Alcorn
Patience is the absence of expectation.
Shinichi Suzuki
Failure is not the absence of success. Failure is the neglect of trying.
Myles Munroe
If wine were to disappear from human production, I believe it would cause an absence, a failure in health and intellect, a void much more terrifying than all the recesses and the deviations for which wine is regarded as responsible.
Charles Baudelaire
Peace is not merely the absence of visible conflict.
Barack Obama
Joy is not necessarily the absence of suffering, it is the presence of God.
Sam Storms
Peace must be more than the absence of war.
Helmut Kohl
I may worship the image of the Lord; but that act is worthless if it is not accompanied with devotion. In the absence of devotion, the idol will just be a piece of stone, and so shall I; and the worship will only mean that a stone is facing a stone!
Vinoba Bhave
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
Being oppressed means the absence of choices
Bell Hooks
I was a shy, awkward sort of a boy and my fathers frequent absences from home, along with my hero worship for him, made me even shyer.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The absence of vices adds so little to the sum of one’s virtues.
Antonio Machado
I wish you could invent some means to make me at all happy without you. Every hour I am more and more concentrated in you; everything else tastes like chaff in my mouth.
John Keats
Mere unorthodoxy or dissent from the prevailing mores is not to be condemned. The absence of such voices would be a symptom of grave illness to our society.
Earl Warren
The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant.
George Washington
I just want to make a point that it’s not just great teachers that sometimes shape your life. Sometimes it’s the absence of great teachers that shapes your life and being ignored can be just as good for a person as being lauded.
Julia Roberts
Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness
Terence McKenna
It’s impossible to defend oneself in the absence of goodwill
Franz Kafka
You don’t realize how much a dog’s presence defines the contours of your home until, in its absence, the walls seem to relocate themselves.
Meghan Daum
Great leadership isn’t shaped in the absence of opposition but in the presence of it. Great leaders draw us together by our universal humanity; they galvanize the wills of the willing; they draw clarity from the spigot of chaos.
Charles M. Blow
I’ve been fascinated by the idea that evil is the absence of empathy.
John Connolly
Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even especially the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts.
Allan Bloom
Happiness is found in the absence of expectation and a continuous focus on appreciation.
Tony Robbins
A True friend is one who sees a fault, gives you advice and who defends you in your absence.
Ali ibn Abi Talib
Sometimes you can only feel something by its absence. By the empty spaces it leaves behind.
Gayle Forman
Ever absent, ever near;
Still I see thee, still I hear;
Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!
Ferenc Kazinczy
The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words, of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought.
Vaclav Havel
The job is to ask questions – it always was – and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
Arthur Miller
Still, a prince should make himself feared in such a way that if he does not gain love, he at any rate avoids hatred; for fear and the absence of hatred may well go together, and will be always attained by one who abstains from interfering with the property of his citizens and subjects or with their women.
Niccolo Machiavelli
There is one pain, I often feel, which you will never know. It’s caused by the absence of you.
Ashleigh Brilliant
True peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God and will be deep and passing all understanding in the exact measure in which we live in and partake of the love of God.
Alexander MacLaren
It’s so much a part of me that it’s almost hard to describe myself in the absence of it. I know that for me it means asking for guidance, and that in the toughest times there’s a personal savior that I can rely on. And I’m very grateful to my parents for giving me that.
Condoleezza Rice
I didn’t anticipate the primal quality of my pleasure, the raw physicality of it, the way my whole body leaps forward when I see my grandsons after a few days’ absence.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Day of Absence is a tradition at Evergreen.
Bret Weinstein
The saddest human experience is to view alone the scenes one has viewed through other eyes – to walk solitary where one has walked in company – to have its particular barbed shaft aimed at one from every stick and stone that mark familiar ways.
Katherine Cecil Thurston
True heroics, obviously, is not the absence of fear, but having that fear and doing something anyway.
Martin Freeman
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
Alfred North Whitehead
All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
History will help to remedy intellectual faults such as excessive concentration on one line of thought, absence of understanding for other points of view, belief in simple solutions, lack of balance of mind, absence of an imaginative understanding.
Geoffrey Elton
Wellness is not the absence of pain ….. But the absence of limitation
Pete Egoscue
Death is a dramatic accomplishment of absence; language may be almost as effective.
Janet Frame
The alarming thing in China is the almost total absence of primary care. Even in cities, there are no independent doctors’ offices or neighborhood clinics, so people have to go to the hospital for every health care need.
Nancy Travis
In a field I am the absence of field.That is always the case. Wherever I am, I am what is missing. When I walk I part the air and always the air moves in to fill the space where my body has been. We all have reasons for moving. I move to keep things whole.
Mark Strand
I could have been a Judge, but I never had the Latin for the judgin’. I never had it, so I’d had it, as far as being a judge was concerned… I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal.
Peter Cook
Ignorance is of a peculiar nature; once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant.
Thomas Paine
We have parts of our system which are overwhelmed by regulation. It wasn’t the absence of regulation that was the problem. It was despite the presence of regulation you got huge risks built up.
Timothy Geithner
Without feeling abashed by my ignorance, I confess that I am absolutely unable to say. In the absence of an appearance of learning, my answer has at least one merit, that of perfect sincerity.
Jean-Henri Fabre
In business, the earning of profit is something more than an incident of success. It is an essential condition of success. It is an essential condition of success because the continued absence of profit itself spells failure.
Louis D. Brandeis