It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones just as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire.
- La Rochefoucauld
Absent in body, but present in spirit.
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
- Alphonse de Lamartine
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
The absent are always wrong.
- English proverb
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly
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