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Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
by Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones,
as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Related topics: Love Romantic Sad Feeling-Down

No persons are more frequently wrong,
than those who will not admit they are wrong.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

However rare true love may be,
it is less so than true friendship.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

True love is like ghosts,
which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

Unless they share our opinions,
we seldom find people sensible.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones,
as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

All the passions make us commit faults;
love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything,
let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words,
so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret
desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words,
so lesser minds have a talent of talking much,
and saying nothing.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the
law which is most strictly observed.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against
being cheated by a man of wit.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern.
Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its
end but in the nascent state,
and this state is constant.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Every one speaks well of his own heart,
but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings,
and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good,
to the praise that deceives them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect
and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance,
as is every other life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light
is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A happy life consists not in the absence,
but in the mastery of hardships.
- Helen Keller

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

Sadness is nothing more than the absence of joy
in the same way that darkness
is nothing more than the absence of light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Today I offer a prayer of forgiveness:
forgive the pettiness of my ingratitude...
the absence of profound thankfulness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.
- Khalil Gibran

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

Happiness blooms
in the presence of self-respect,
and the absence of ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi

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

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell

If what Proust says is true,
that happiness is the absence of fever,
then I will never know happiness.
For I am possessed by a fever
for knowledge, experience, and creation.
- Anais Nin

In the absence of the gold standard,
there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation.
There is no safe store of value.
- Alan Greenspan

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- Saint Augustine

Security is not the absence of danger,
but the presence of God,
no matter what the danger.
- Anonymous

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Of all the bewildering things about a new country,
the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.
- Willa Cather

For peace is not mere absence of war,
but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind,
a disposition for benevolence, confidence,
justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Judicious absence is a weapon.
- Charles Reade

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist
in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state,
not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state;
and the absence of this,
that makes it a northern state.
- William H. Seward

I used to say, 'There is a God-shaped hole in me.'
For a long time I stressed the absence,
the hole.
Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
- Salman Rushdie

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

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
- William Cowper

I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner
because of the absence of falling coal.
- Peter Cook

In the absence of evidence, superstition.
It's a Middle Ages thing.
That's my theory anyway.
- Tucker Carlson

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in
my absence and sentenced to death in my absence,
so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Behan

In the absence of a magnetic field the period of all
these oscillations is the same.
But as soon as the electron is exposed to the effect of a magnetic field,
its motion changes.
- Pieter Zeeman

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
- Orson Welles

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought,
unless it be the entire absence of thought.
- Samuel Butler

In dreams the truth is learned that all good works
are done in the absence of a caress.
- Leonard Cohen

Courage is not the absence of despair;
it is,
rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
- Rollo May

There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest
moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence.
- Philip James Bailey

There can be little doubt that absence from work,
and inefficient work, are frequently due to intemperance.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King


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