Quotes: Absence, Separation

(Making the heart grow fonder—for someone else.)

absence (s) (noun), absences (pl)
1. A situation in which someone, or something, is not available: The teacher noted Sarah's absence from class for the third time this week.
2. The time during which someone is away: Manual has had an excessive number of absences from school this month.
3. That which is lacking or desired: Curtis was accused of having an absence of leadership as well as an absence of initiative.
4. A condition in which someone is inattentive or not paying attention: Catherine and Frances noticed that the periods of absences of their friend's mind seemed to be increasing.
5. Etymology: from Old Frence absence (14th century), from Latin absentia, absentem (nom. absens), present participle of abesse. "to be away from, to be absent"; from ab-, "away" + esse, "to be".
1. Detached, disconnected, or disjoined.
2. Unconnected; distinct; unique: "There were two separate questions."
3. Being or standing apart; distant or dispersed: "She owned two separate houses."


Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
—La Rochefoucauld [version 1]

Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind will blow out a candle, and blow in a fire.
—Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) [version 2]

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
—Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839)

Absence makes the heart grow fonder . . . for someone else.
—Author unknown

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