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Quotes of the Day for 17 April 2002 – Absence

On this day in 1194, King Richard I of England was crowned for the second time, due to an extended absence. Fans of the Robin Hood and Ivanhoe legends will recall this was the trip in which he lead the successful Third Crusade against Saladin and was held for ransom by Duke Leopold of Austria on his return, during which his brother Prince John seized the throne. But in reality, Richard was absent from England a great deal: He was raised in France and his holdings there were larger than England, he spent less than ten years of his life on English soil. Of his ten-year reign as king he spent only six months in England. So here's to Richard the Lionhearted, the absent king.

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The quotes:

When your absence has the authority of your presence, that is power.
     - Harriet Rubin

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
     - Salman Rushdie

Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
     - Walter S. Landor

Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one - as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame.
     - François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
     - George Gordon Byron, 1788 - 1824

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