Favorite Quotations ~  Absence First, Break All the Rules

"Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated."
~ Alphonse Marie Lamartine

My Portrait by Richard Barlett

Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld

Absence makes the heart go wander. ~ Betsy Barr

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

The heart may think it knows better; the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. ~ Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart, 1966

When my self is not with you, it is nowhere. ~ Heloise

Is not absence death to those who love? ~ Alexander Pope

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

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

Our most memorable days are marked by an absence of control. ~ Patricia Smith

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights of our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. ~ Earl Nightingale

A man in a desert can hold absence in his cupped hands, knowing it is something that feeds him more than water. ~ Michael Ondaatje, English Patient

Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. ~ Elizabeth Bowen

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. ~ Thomas Haynes Bayly, Isle of Beauty

Achilles absent was Achilles still. ~ Homer