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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 "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler) Quotes , Source: Absence

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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) Quotes , Source: Amicus Redivivus

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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 Quotes , Source: Maximes (276)

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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 Quotes , Source: Song

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Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream. And I seek then in vain by the meadow and stream.

George Linley Quotes , Source: Thou Art Gone

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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 Quotes , Source: Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

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Condemned whole years in absence to deplore, And image charms he must behold no more.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Eloise to Abelard (l. 361)

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Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent. [Lat., Absenti nemo ne nocuisse velit.]

Sextus Propertius Quotes , Source: Elegioe (II, 19, 32)

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Among the defects of the bill [Lord Derby's] which are numerous, one provision is conspicuous by its presence and another by its absence.

Lord John Russell (1) Quotes , Source: in an address to the Electors of the City of London

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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 Quotes , Source: Sonnet XCVII

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All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Sonnet XLIII

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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.]

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) Quotes , Source: Annales (bk. III, ch. 76), from the funeral of Junia

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Sometimes I need what only you can provide - your absence.

Ashleigh Brilliant Quotes

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I dote on his very absence.

William Shakespeare Quotes

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Isle of Beauty, Fare thee well!

Thomas Haynes Bayly Quotes

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The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends.

Elizabeth E. Bowen Quotes

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Absence, that common cure of love.

Miguel de Cervantes Quotes

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Absence from whom we love is worse than death.

William Cowper Quotes

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Absence is to love what wind is to a fire; it puts out the little, it kindles the great.

Roger de Bussy-Rabutin Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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'Presents,' I often say, 'endear absents.'

Charles Lam Quotes

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The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.

Charles Reade Quotes

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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 Quotes

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

Thomas a Kempis Quotes

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Is not absence death to those who love?

Alexander Pope Quotes

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