Quotations on Absence

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Life has become the ideology of its own absence.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: Life, Absence, Ideology)

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
(Keywords: Time, Work, Absence, Opium, Order, Present)

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.
- Elizabeth Ashley
(Keywords: Heart, Absence, Blood)

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
(Keywords: Men, Society, Discipline, Absence, Military)

Not longer loved or fostered by religion, beauty is lifted from its face as a mask, and its absence exposes features on that face which threaten to become incomprehensible to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Beauty, Religion, Absence, Man)

I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan
(Keywords: Death, Absence, Court)

Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: People, Absence, Friends)

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Keywords: People, Heart, Absence, Friends, May, Senses)

The question we all face is what sort of culture we will live in for the rest of our lives and then hand on to the next generation - one that embraces these most basic of values, or one that collapses because of their absence.
- Tammy Bruce
(Keywords: Values, Absence, Culture, Question, Rest, Will)

Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Absence, Grief)

With the absence of a flu vaccination last year, I did not take a flu shot; but there is still some immunity that carries over from year to year; but about every 30 years, there is a major change in the genetics of the flu virus.
- Michael Burgess
(Keywords: Change, Absence, Genetics, Years)

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Thought, Absence, Nothing)

Absence - that common cure of love.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Love, Absence, Cure)

Happiness is the absence of suffering. I think it's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in.
- Julie Christie
(Keywords: Happiness, Absence, Suffering, World)

So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational.
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Keywords: Discipline, Absence, Freedom)

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
- William Cowper
(Keywords: Love, Death, Hope, Absence, Despair)

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
(Keywords: Fear, Absence, Court, Punishment)

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
(Keywords: Sex, Absence, Attention, Forget, France, May, Woman)

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
- Edmond de Goncourt
(Keywords: Love, Absence, First, Today)

It is a sign of the times that the absence of meaningful ID requirements in many states leaves our voting process vulnerable to fraud and allows legal votes to be cancelled out by illegally cast ballots.
- Virgil Goode
(Keywords: Legal, Absence, Fraud, states, Voting)

I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Thomas Hardy
(Keywords: Death, Absence, Court)

We want to see Israel withdraw from our territory. But we don't want to be accountable vis-a-vis Israel on the security basis, because we don't see, in the absence of a peace agreement, that Lebanon can really be accountable to Israel if anything happens.
- Rafik Hariri
(Keywords: Peace, Absence, Agreement, Israel, Security, Want)

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Keywords: Belief, Absence, Illusion)

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning - in other words, of absurdity - the more energetically meaning is sought.
- Vaclav Havel
(Keywords: Experience, Absence, Absurdity, Meaning, Words)

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
(Keywords: Thought, Absence, Feeling, Information, Man, Passion)

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
(Keywords: Love, Fear, Absence, Questions, State)

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Friendship, Love, Absence, May)

There can be little doubt that absence from work, and inefficient work, are frequently due to intemperance.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Keywords: Work, Absence, Doubt, Intemperance)

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.
- Alice Koller
(Keywords: Achievement, Absence, Being, Choice, Solitude)

For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness, being by nature symbol only of an absence.
- Jacques Lacan
(Keywords: Nature, Absence, Being, Symbol, Uniqueness)

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
(Keywords: Love, Absence, Energy, Writing, Yearning)

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela
(Keywords: Fear, Courage, Absence, Man)

In the absence of any short term in common use to represent all desirable things, or things that satisfy human wants, we may use the term Goods for that purpose.
- Alfred Marshall
(Keywords: Purpose, Absence, May)

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
- Karl Marx
(Keywords: Peace, Absence, Meaning, Opposition, Socialism)

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
- Neal A. Maxwell
(Keywords: Courage, Absence, Discouragement)

Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
- Rollo May
(Keywords: Courage, Absence, Despair)

Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.
- John Stuart Mill
(Keywords: Happiness, Absence, Actions, Pain, Pleasure, Right, Wrong)

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
(Keywords: Love, Absence, Trials)

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
- Arthur Miller
(Keywords: Action, Absence, Choice, Paradise, Innocence)

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
(Keywords: Peace, War, Soul, People, Absence, Mind, Nations, Serenity, State)

For many Americans, including many who are employed, going to the doctor when they fall ill or become injured may not be an option because of the absence of health insurance.
- Ben Nelson
(Keywords: Health, Absence, Americans, May)

You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.
- Earl Nightingale
(Keywords: Idea, Absence, Boredom)

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
(Keywords: Father, Absence, Man)

In the absence of sound oversight,responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Financial, Absence, Environment, Harm, Sound)

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
(Keywords: Life, Absence, May, Will, Words)

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 Charles Polanyi
(Keywords: Science, Technology, Absence, Rights, Human rights, Oppression, Respect)

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.
- Roger de Rabutin
(Keywords: Love, Absence, Fire, Wind)

To me, its seems necessary to rediscover - and the energy to do so exists - that even the political and economic spheres need moral responsibility, a responsibility that is born in man's heart and, in the end, has to do with the presence or absence of God.
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Keywords: God, Heart, Absence, End, Energy, Man, Responsibility)

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
- Ronald Reagan
(Keywords: Peace, Ability, Absence, Conflict)

A month after the scandal broke, I tried to go back to work at the pharmaceutical company after a leave of absence. But because of all the publicity and resulting pressure and stress, I finally resigned.
- Donna Rice
(Keywords: Work, Absence, Company, Pressure, Publicity, Scandal, Stress)



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