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Achilles absent, was Achilles still.

As the presence of those we love is as a double life, so absence, in its anxious longing and sense of vacancy, is as a foretaste of death.

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.

Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her.

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

Is not absence death to those who love?

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.

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.

Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.

The absent are always wrong.

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

The joy of meeting pays the pangs of absence; else who could bear it?

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.


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