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Absence is to love what wind is to fire;
by Roger de Rabutin

Absence is to love what wind is to fire;
it extinguishes the small,
it enkindles the great.
- Roger de Rabutin

As you know, God is usually on the side of the big
squadrons against the small.
- Roger de Rabutin

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Absence - that common cure of love.
- Lord Byron

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

But I still always felt the absence of a mother.
- Marcel Carne

This is a big deal.
My wife and I sat in our home and we watched those
young men get slaughtered on the streets of Mogadishu
in the absence of a plan.
It broke our heart.
- Dick Armey

In the absence of willpower the most complete collection
of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.
- Aleister Crowley

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
- Henry Ellis

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

My dear, the duty that devolved wholly on you in my
absence of guiding and expanding the minds of our dear
children is a laborious one and a responsible one.
- Ezra Cornell

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
- Karl Marx

For the signifier is a unit in its very uniqueness,
being by nature symbol only of an absence.
- Jacques Lacan

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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

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

While formal schooling is an important advantage,
it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
- Ray Kroc

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
- Salman Rushdie

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

It would be hard to ignore the absence of democracy in any Arab nation.
- Jack Schwartz

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

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

In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence
of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.
- Earl Nightingale

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
- Henry A. Kissinger

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

There is a movement to get an international criminal court in the world,
voted for by hundreds of states-but with the noticeable
absence of the United States of America.
- Harold Pinter

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
- William Cowper

The heart may think it knows better:
the senses know that absence blots people out.
We really have no absent friends.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of
obstacles to the realization of desires.
- Bertrand Russell

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

The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask
them as inexorably as I can.
And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.
- Arthur Miller

In general, if signs of sectarianism do appear in a Socialist Party,
these are only the products of the absence of a broad
Labour movement in the country.
- Karl Radek

Judicious absence is a weapon.
- Charles Reade

Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and
its absence can never be compensated for.
- Pierre de Coubertin

Absence blots people out.
We really have no absent friends.
- Ambrose Bierce

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
- Wayne Dyer

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
- Neal A. Maxwell

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

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

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


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