An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.


Ruth Bader Ginsberg


The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.


John Paul II (1920, Polish-born Italian pope)


The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Dread not infanticide; the crime is imaginary: we are always mistress of what we carry in our womb, and we do no more harm in destroying this kind of matter than in evacuating another, by medicines, when we feel the need.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


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


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.


Elizabeth Ashley (American actress)


Absence makes the hear grow fonder.  Prolonged absence makes the heart forget.


Thomas Haynes Bayly (1791-1839, British writer, poet)


I was court-martial in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.


Brendan F. Behan (1923-1964, Irish writer)


Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Woman absent is woman dead.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Sometimes I need what only you can provide, your absence™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.


Comte De Bussy-Rabutin


No more we meet in yonder bowers. Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, have found monotony in loving.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Absence -- that common cure of love.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.


Colley Cibber (1671-1757, British actor-manager, playwright)


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 change.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Absence of proof is not proof of absence.


Michael Crichton (1942-, American writer, novelist, screenwriter, director, producer)


Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.


Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676, British judge)


Achilles absent was Achilles still!


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


A short absence is the safest.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Parting is such sweet sorrow.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Greater things are believed of those who are absent.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


Absence and a friendly neighbor washes away love.


Author Unknown


Never find fault with the absent.


Author Unknown


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