Quotes of the Day for 28 March 2004 – Absence
As many of you know, I make the bulk of my income from keeping computers running properly on Whidbey Island. There are a few computers that I keep running properly without getting paid, and there are a few computers that I maintain that aren't on Whidbey. Tonight I am absent from my post because I'm dealing with my mother's computer - which would be the rare system that isn't on Whidbey and I don't get paid for it. This is a little awkward for getting quotes out, and I am not at my desk where I can deal with subscription changes, but I'm going to give it a try. The theme will be Absence.
I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my
absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
- Brendan Francis Behan, 1923 - 1964
It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our
thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to
- Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine (Colette), 1873 - 1954
L'absence est a l'amour ce qu'est au feu le vent; Il eteint le petit,
il allume le grand. (Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it
extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.)
- Comte de Bussy-Rabutin, 1618 - 1693
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
- George Gordon Noel Byron, 1788 - 1824
To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three
men, two of whom are absent.
- Robert Copeland
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
- Salman Rushdie
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