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Definition of Absence


  1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.
  2. Want; destitution; withdrawal.
  3. Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.

Absence Quotations

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I dote on his very absence.
William Shakespeare

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Ronald Reagan
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Absence Translations

absence in Dutch is afwezigheid, absentie, mangel
absence in German is Abwesenheit {f}, Abwesenheit {f}, Fehlen {n}
absence in Italian is mancare, assenza
absence in Spanish is ausencia, falta

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