absence Quotes

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

However much you have been wanting and hoping and dreaming of meeting the person of your dreams, it is only when you meet them that you will start missing them. It seems that the presence of an object is required to make its absence felt (or to make the absence of something felt). A kind of longing may have preceded their arrival, but you have to meet in order to feel the full force of your frustration in their absence.

- Adam Phillips, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

First and most importantly, death is just the absence of life—oh, and for human beings, the absence of consciousness, too, but not just the absence of consciousness, the absence of the capacity for consciousness.

- Charles Stross, Accelerando

But the absence of tears wasn't the same as an absence of feeling.

- Lisa Kleypas, Mine Till Midnight

Where there is kashay, they are all considered heaps of parigraha (worldly possessiveness); whether one is living in the Himalayas or in a cave. Where there is absence of kashays, there is absence of possessiveness; even if one is then living in a palace!

- Dada Bhagwan

they comedifferent and the samewith each it is different and the samewith each the absence of love is differentwith each the absence of love is the same

- Samuel Beckett, Selected Poems 1930-1988

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but absence also dulls the memory and then we tend to forget who we were missing in the first place.

- Anthony T. Hincks

Courage is not the absence of fear. Hope is not the absence of trouble. Joy is not the absence of pain. Love is not the absence of obstacles.

- Matshona Dhliwayo

Isabel’s indelible absence is now an organ in our bodies whose sole function is a continuous secretion of sorrow.

- Aleksandar Hemon, The Book of My Lives

The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence

- Mantra

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.