Quotes About Absence

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John Steinbeck
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Manon, Ballerina

Rick Riordan
“It's okay,” he said. “We're together.” He didn't say you're okay, or we're alive. After all they'd been through over the last year, he knew that the most important thing was that they were together. She loved him for saying that.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Rick Riordan
“And,” Annabeth continued, “it reminds me how long we’ve known each other. We were twelve, Percy. Can you believe that?”
“No, he admitted. “So…you knew you liked me from that moment?”
She smirked. “I hated you at first. You annoyed me. Then I tolerated you for a few years. Then—”
“Okay, fine.”
She leaned in and kissed: him a good, proper kiss without anyone watching—no Romans anywhere, no screaming satyr chaperones.
She pulled away. “I missed you, Percy.”
Percy wanted to tell her the same thing, but it seemed too small a comment. While he had been on the Roman side, he’d kept himself alive almost solely by thinking of Annabeth. I missed you didn’t really cover that.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

James Dashner
“i felt her absence. it was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth. you wouldn't need to run to the mirror to know they were gone”
James Dashner, The Scorch Trials

Siobhan Vivian
“You can decorate absence however you want- but your still gonna feel what’s missing.”
Siobhan Vivian, Same Difference

Roger de Rabutin de Bussy
“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.”
Roger de Rabutin de Bussy

Maya Angelou
“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Coco J. Ginger
“Growth in love comes from a place of absence, where the imagination is left to it’s own devices and creates you to be much more then reality would ever allow.”
Coco J. Ginger

Dark Jar Tin Zoo
“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
”
Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

Criss Jami
“Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Helen Macdonald
“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, H is for Hawk

Héloïse d'Argenteuil
“If the portraits of our absent friends are pleasant to us, which renew our memory of them and relieve our regret for their absence by a false and empty consolation, how much more pleasant are letters which bring us the written characters of the absent friend.”
Héloïse d'Argenteuil, The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse

Ally Carter
“I mean she's Cleopatra... shouldn't she and Antony have known better? They were so different..."
"Variety is the spice of life"
"And from a thousand miles apart"
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder”
Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals

Jalaluddin Rumi
“Your body is away from me,
but there is a window open
from my heart to yours.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

E.L. Konigsburg
“How can you know what is missing if you’ve never met it? You must know of something’s existence before you can notice its absence. ”
E.L. Konigsburg, The View from Saturday

Audrey Niffenegger
“But now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Doctors most commonly get mixed up between absence of evidence and evidence of abense”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Mark Z. Danielewski
“Because the enormous narcissism of their parents deprived Will and Tom of suitable role models, both brothers learned to identify with absence. Consequently, even if something beneficial fortuitously entered their lives they immediately treated it as temporary. By the time they were teenagers they were already accustomed to a discontinuous lifestyle marked by constant threats of abandonment and the lack of any emotional stability. Unfortunately, "accustomed to" here is really synonymous with "damaged by.”
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

Héloïse d'Argenteuil
“Would that thy love, beloved, had less trust in me, that it might be more anxious!”
Héloïse d'Argenteuil, The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse

Idries Shah
“Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the Sun?”
Idries Shah, Reflections

“Detachment is not the absence of emotion, it is the process of becoming one with the Oneness that is the Universe. To be detached, is to realize that the fullness of all there is, is too much to react to with just one emotion, one thought, or any bias. To be detached, is to acknowledge all, without owning any of it. To be detached, is to summon forth the whole entirety of understanding, to the fragment that is the void.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

“YOU YOU YOU

your eyes, thick as a high school scrapbook
crackling and yellow, curling at the edges
a book of myths
in which i do not appear.”
Clint Catalyst, Caresses Soft as Sandpaper

Ann Brashares
“Sex could be a blissful communion,. But it could also be a weapon, and its absence, sometimes, was required for the establishment of peace.”
Ann Brashares, Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood

Yvonne Woon
“With Dante gone, time seemed to stand still around me; the mornings just as cloudy and dark as the evenings, as if the sun had never decided to rise. There was no wind, like the world was holding its breath along with me, waiting for him to return.”
Yvonne Woon, Life Eternal

Audrey Niffenegger
“Martin said, "It feels as though part of my self has detached and gone to Amsterdam, where it—she—is waiting for me. Do you know about phantom-limb syndrome?" Julia nodded. "There's pain where she ought to be. It's feeding the other pain, the thing that makes me wash and count and all that. So her absence is stopping me from going to find her. Do you see?”
Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

“Tonight, It's not about You, Tonight It's about Me,
It's about How Your absence, troubles me,
It's about How i hide all of this Hurt .
Tonight it's not about Love, Tonight it's about separations,
it's about How i write, to remember You,
it's about How i remember You, through all of Myself .”
Syed Murtaza Haroon

Margaret Peterson Haddix
“Oh, Myr," he chokes out. "I hate having to ask this of you..."
He glances towards the car again, and I crouch down in the shadows, hoping it's too dark for him to see whether the window is open or closed. The woman pats his arm, cradling her hand against his elbow.
"You know I'd do anything for you and Hil," she says. I like her voice. It's throaty and rich.
"You'd do anything?" my father repeats numbly. "Even now? After -?"
"Even now," the woman says firmly.”
Margaret Peterson Haddix, Double Identity

Carlos Drummond de Andrade
“Always in my love, sudden night.
Always in myself, my enemy.
And always in my always, the same absence.”
Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Multitudinous Heart: Selected Poems: A Bilingual Edition

Toba Beta
“Smartass Disciple: Master, where is exactly the edge of this universe ?
Master of Stupidity: Edge is wherever the absence of universal gravity.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

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