Charles Reade

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.

When a person is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.

The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.

François de La Rochefoucauld (

Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

John Henry Newman

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.

Edward Gibbon

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.


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