Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
The history of Rome presents various men of greater genius than Scipio Aemilianus, but none equalling him in moral purity, in the utter absence of political selfishness, in generous love of his country, and none, perhaps, to whom destiny has assigned a more tragic part.
Some say economics has all kinds of good tools and techniques, but it has an absence of interesting problems. I look around the world, and I see all kinds of interesting, important problems we ought to solve with the tools we have.
Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence.