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Cheerfulness is the friend and helper of all good graces, and the absence of it is certainly a vice. - Arthur Aughey
There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence. - Gamaliel Bailey
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. - T. H. Bayly, fully Thomas Haynes Bayly
The simple truth is, that there has lived on the earth, “appearing at intervals,” for thousands of years among ordinary men, the first faint beginnings of another race; walking the earth and breathing the air with us, but at the same time walking another earth and breathing another air of which we know little or nothing, but which is, all the same, our spiritual life, as its absence would be our spiritual death. This new race is in act of being born from us, and in the near future it will occupy and possess the earth. - Richard Maurice Bucke, often called Maurice Bucke
Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought. - G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Virtue is not the absence of vices or the voidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. - G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton
We communicate happiness to others not often by great acts of devotion and self-sacrifice, but by the absence of fault-finding and censure, by being ready to sympathize with their notions and feelings, instead of forcing them to sympathize with ours. - William Newton Clarke
The very nearest approach to domestic happiness on earth is in the cultivation on both sides of absolute unselfishness. Never both be angry at once. Never talk at one another, either alone or in company. Never speak loud to one another unless the house is on fire. Let each; one strive to yield oftenest to the wishes of the other. Let self-denial be the daily aim and practice of each. Never find fault unless it is perfectly certain that a fault has been committed, and always speak lovingly. Never taunt with a past mistake. Neglect the whole world besides rather than one another. Never allow a request to be repeated. Never make a remark at the expense of each other, it is a meanness. Never part for a day without loving words to think of during absence. Never meet without a loving welcome. Never let the sun go down upon any anger or grievance. Never let any fault you have committed go by until you have frankly confessed it and asked forgiveness. Never forget the happy hours of early love. Never sigh over what might have been, but make the best of what is. Never forget that marriage is ordained of God, and that His blessing alone can make it what it should ever be. Never be contented till you know you are both walking in the narrow way. Never let your hopes stop short of the eternal home. - Edward Watke, Jr.
We recognize the good only in its absence. - Alberico Gentili
The absence of temptation is the absence of virtue. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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