Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
They are good that are away.Scottish proverb
Ever absent, ever near. Still I see thee, still I hear. Yet I cannot reach thee, dear!Francis Kazinczy, Separation.
Absence and death are the same only that in death there is no suffering.Walter Savage Landor, letter to Robert Browning. Walter Savage Landor: Last Days, Letters and Conversations (1934), ed. Harry Christopher Minchin, p. 48.
The absent shall not be made heir.Latin proverb
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.Tacitus, Histories (A.D. 104-109).
'Tis said that absence conquers love, but oh believe it not! I've tried, alas, its power to prove, but thou art not forgot.Frederick William Thomas, Absence Conquers Love (1838).
Your absence of mind we have borne, till your presence of body came to be called in question by it.Charles Lamb, "Amicus Redivivus", Last Essays of Elia (1833).
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, The Captain, Earthly Paradise (1966).
The absent are always in the wrong.English proverb recorded in George Herbert's Jacula Prudentum (1651).
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