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.