Never find fault with the absent.
Operas elucidate, in a way sometimes absent in other theatrical productions, the very human fact that in every hero, there is a thread of duplicity. In every villain, there is another side to consider: We don’t have to like him or her, but we are compelled to think about motivation.
Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.
The proposition that humans have mental characteristics wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.