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Absence -- that common cure of love.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.


How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.


Greater things are believed of those who are absent.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her.

Helen Rowland (1875-1950) American journalist and humorist.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

A short absence is the safest.

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.