The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Never find fault with the absent.
Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
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.
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.
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.