friendship, Bill Clinton
The absent are like children; they are helpless to defend themselves.
Foul Play (1869) ch. 44
When you're not there, it doesn't matter.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Poor Richard's Almanack
The absent shall not be made heir.
They are good that are away.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, And frustrate hope severer than despair.
"Hope, like the short-lived ray that gleams awhile", line 35
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Histories (A.D. 104-109)
The absent are always in the wrong.
English proverb recorded in George Herbert's Jacula Prudentum (1651)
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