Absence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old absence quotes, absence sayings, and absence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Benjamin Franklin

The absence of happiness doesn't mean unhappiness.     

Praveen Sighal

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.     

Thomas Haynes Bayly

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.     

William Cowper

Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.     

Ambrose Bierce

Absence - that common cure of love.     

Lord Byron

But the absence of tears wasn’t the same as an absence of feeling.     

Lisa Kleypas

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.     

Benjamin Franklin

Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.     

Pablo Neruda

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

Ouida

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.     

Thomas a Kempis

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.     

Salman Rushdie

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.     

Henry A. Kissinger

Absence from whom we love is worse than death.     

William Cowper

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire.     

Francois de la Rouchefoucauld

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

Roger de Rabutin

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.     

John Steinbeck

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.     

Roger de Rabutin de Bussy

Don't struggle to make your presence noticed. Just make your absence felt.     

Tinku Razoria

The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But even a momentary separation from anyone to whom one has just been introduced is almost unbearable.     

Oscar Wilde

There is a time in life when you expect the world to be always full of new things. And then comes a day when you realise that is not how it will be at all. You see that life will become a thing made of holes. Absences. Losses. Things that were there and are no longer. And you realise, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps, [...]     

Helen Macdonald

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.     

Isaac Newton

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

Aleister Crowley

You can decorate absence however you want- but your still gonna feel what’s missing.     

Siobhan Vivian

Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it; the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.     

William Shakespeare

Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.     

Theodore Roosevelt

A short absence is the safest.     

Ovid