Absent / Absence Quotes

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.

Charles Reade

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.

Benjamin Franklin

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never find fault with the absent.

Alexander Pope

Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.

Ambrose Bierce

Greater things are believed of those who are absent.


Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.

Thomas a Kempis

The loudest voice in the room, sometimes, is the absent voice of the silenced.

Andy Dunn

At dramatic rehearsals, the only author that’s better than an absent one is a dead one.

George S. Kaufman

My father was absent and he was a hero to me.

Greta Scacchi

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.    

Isaac Newton