The aim and end of war is murder; the weapons employed in war are espionage, treachery and the encouragement of treachery, the ruining of a country, the plundering and robbing of its inhabitants for the maintenance of the army, and trickery and lying which all appear under the heading of the art of war. The military world is characterized by the absence of freedom – in other words, a rigorous discipline – enforced inactivity, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness.

Temperance is not the absence of passion, but is the transfiguring of passion into wholeness. Without it... you will have the senses usurping sovereignty and excluding the spirit; you will have them deciding good and evil and excluding God.

Freedom is not only the absence of external restraints. It also is the absence of irresistible internal compulsions, unmanageable passions and uncensorable appetites. From the need to resist, manage and censor the passions there flows the need to do so in the interest of some ends rather than others. Hence freedom requires reflective choice about the ends of life.

Respect is not fear and awe; it...is the ability to see a person as he is, to be aware of his unique individuality. Respect, thus, implies the absence of exploitation. I want the loved person to grow and unfold for his own sake, and in his own ways, and not for the purpose of serving me.

Anger is not only inevitable, it is necessary. Its absence means indifference - the most disastrous of all human failings.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence ... Simply because you do not have evidence that something exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist.

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

The happiness of a man in this life does not consists in the absence but in the mastery of passions.

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.

The absence of vices adds so little to the sum of one's virtues.

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?

Friends are made and kept three ways. First, by honoring them in their presence. Second, by saying good of them in their absence. Third, by serving them in their needs.

Peace is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

Peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character.

There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement that would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts.

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.