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

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 firmer quote

Now, I do think when we move into 2012 and '13 when, presumably, the economy is on firmer ground, I would allow the tax rates for upper-income individuals to revert back to where they were before the cuts in the 1990s. I think at that point it makes perfect sense.
— Mark Zandi

He makes a great mistake... who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.
— Terence

The closer the bird is to the surface of the water, the firmer and more inelastic is the uplift of the rising air. The bird appears to almost feel the surface with the tip of its weather wing.
— Lawrence Hargrave