Quotes about Absence

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

Baruch Spinoza

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. -Jawaharlal Nehru.

Jawaharlal Nehru

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

Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God.

Bryan Appleyard

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

William Cowper

Freedom...refer[s] to a social relationship among people- namely, the absence of force as a prospective instrument of decision making. Freedom is reduced whenever a decision is made under threat of force, whether or not force actually materializes or is evident in retrospect.

Thomas Sowell

And oft the pangs of absence to remove By letters, soft interpreters of love.

Matthew Prior

It is generally recognized that creativity requires leisure, an absence of rush, time for the mind and imagination to float and wander and roam, time for the individual to descend into the depths of his or her psyche, to be available to barely audible signals rustling for attention. Long periods of time may pass in which nothing seems to be happening. But we know that kind of space must be created if the mind is to leap out of its accustomed ruts, to part from the mechanical, the known, the familiar, the standard, and generate a leap into the new.

Nathaniel Branden

Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.

Eric Hoffer

Rudeness luxuriates in the absence of self-respect.

Eric Hoffer

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.

Lord Peter Wimsey

Darkness is the absence of light. Absences do not exist. Sin does not exist -Rajneesh- (Love's Light is the only reality.. says the unified field theory of physics.. God is the only Doer).

Raoul De Rajneesh

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

Alfred North Whitehead

In man's life, the absence of an essential component usually leads to the adoption of a substitute. The substitute is usually embraced with vehemence and extremism, for we have to convince ourselves that what we took as second choice is the best there ever was. Thus blind faith is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves; insatiable desire a substitute for hope; accumulation a substitute for growth; fervent hustling a substitute for purposeful action; and pride a substitute for an unattainable self-respect.

Eric Hoffer

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. •John Muir Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. •William Cowper No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned. •Jean Paul Sundays, quiet islands on the tossing seas of life. •S. W. Duffield Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. •Plutarch I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! •Louise A. Bogan A friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. •Walter Winchell One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him. •Chinese Proverb How beautiful is it to do nothing, and then rest afterward. •Proverb The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest till it has gained a hearing.

John Muir

Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

Henry Brooks Adams

Absence lessens half-hearted passions, and increases great ones, as the wind puts out candles and yet stirs up the fire.

Duc de la Rouchefoucauld

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.

Jean Pierre Claris De Goncourt

Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.

William Cowper

I dote on his very absence. -The Merchant of Venice. Act i. Sc. 2.

William Shakespeare

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents.

William Gillmore Simms

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents.

William Gillmore Simms

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

Charles Haddon Ouida

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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