The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Absence and death are the same only that in death there is no suffering.
The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.