It is the height of absurdity to sow little but weeds in the first half of one's lifetime and expect to harvest a valuable crop in the second half.

Epictetus

All philosophy lies in two words: sustain and abstain

Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.

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

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.

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