List of Absence Quotes in English with Images

I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.

- Brendan F. Behan 1923 - 1964, Irish Writer Download or Share

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

- Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer) Download or Share

Absence blots people out.  We really have no absent friends.

- Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973, Anglo - Irish Novelist Download or Share

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.

- Thomas Fuller 1608 - 1661, British Clergyman, Author Download or Share

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quiet commonplace.

- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749 - 1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist Download or Share

Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

- Sir Matthew Hale 1609-1676, British Judge Download or Share

Achilles absent was Achilles still!

- Homer c.850 - ? BC, Greek Epic Poet Download or Share

Now man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.

- Jean De La BruyFre 1645-1696, French Classical Writer Download or Share

Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.

- Walter Benjamin 1982 - 1940, German Critic, Philosopher Download or Share

Woman absent is woman dead.

-Ambrose Bierce 1842 - 1914, America Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary" Download or Share

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

- Comte DeBussy-Rabutin Download or Share

Absence - that common cure of love.

- Miguel De Cervantes 1547 - 1616, Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet Download or Share

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

-  Elizabeth Ashley American Actress

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

- Elizabeth Ashley American Actress Download or Share

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

-  Thomas Haynes Bayly

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

- Absence Quotes by Thomas Haynes Bayly 1791-1839, British Writer, Poet Download or Share

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches. 

- Colley Cibber

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

- Colley Cibber 1671 - 1757, British Actor-Manager, Playwright Download or Share

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

- William Cowper 1731 - 1800, British Poet

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

-Michael Crichton 1942 American Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Director, Producer

The absent are never without fault.  Nor the present without excuse.

- Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.

- Thomas p Kempis 1379 - 1471, German Monk, Mystic, Religious Writer

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

-Francois De La Rochefoucauld 1613 - 1680, French Classical Writer

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

- Ouida 1838 - 1908, British Writer

A short absence is the safest.

-Ovid BC 43-18 AD, Roman Poet

Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.


Never find fault with absent.


Parting is such sweet sorrow.

- Absence Quotes by William Shakespeare 1564 - 1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

- Publius Cornelius Tacitus 55 - 117 AD

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.

-Helen Rowland 1875-1950, American Journalist

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.

- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette 1873-1954, French Author

No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to riving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving. 

-Lord Byron 1788-1824, British Poet

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 1892 - 1950, American Poet

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.

-Alexander Pope 1688-1744,

When delicate and felling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.

-Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751 - 1816, Anglo-Irish Dramatist

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 1564 - 1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

The heart may think it known better: the senses known that absence blots people out.  We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however Unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.

- Elizabeth Bowen 1899 - 1973, Anglo - Irish Novelist

Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality.  They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars - all the beauties of creation.

- Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885, French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist