quote by Leo Rosten

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.

— Leo Rosten

Devotion Fonder quotations

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and tears are only rain to make love grow.

I understand that absinthe makes the tart grow fonder.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son.

But, well, if you lose a son, its possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon.


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

I cannot here avoid giving my most decided sufferage in favour of the moral qualities of maniacs. I have no where met, excepting in romances, with fonder husbands, more affectionate parents, more impassioned . . . than in the lunatic asylum, during their intervals of calmness and reason.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

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


Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it;

the one brings fuel, the other blows it till it burns clear.

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers.

If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

We are fonder of visiting our friends in health than in sickness.

We judge less favorably of their characters when any misfortune happens to them; and a lucky hit, either in business or reputation, improves even their personal appearance in our eyes.

The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don't forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.


God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder… or forgetful.

Absence doth sharpen love, presence strengthens it.

I mean she's Cleopatra... shouldn't she and Antony have known better? They were so different..." "Variety is the spice of life" "And from a thousand miles apart" "Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Aye, well, he'll be wed a long time," he said callously.

"Do him no harm to keep his breeches on for one night. And they do say that abstinence makes the heart grow firmer, no?" "Absence," I said, dodging the spoon for a moment. "AND fonder. If anything's growing firmer from abstinence, it wouldn't be his heart.


We prefer a person with vivacity and high spirits, though bordering upon insolence, to the timid and pusillanimous; we are fonder of wit joined to malice than of dullness without it.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

What is called liberality is often no more than the vanity of giving, of which some persons are fonder than of what they give.

I'm growing fonder of my staff; I'm growing dimmer in the eyes; I'm growing fainter in my laugh; I'm growing deeper in my sighs; I'm growing careless of my dress; I'm growing frugal of my gold; I'm growing wise; I'm growing yes, I'm growing old!

When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest upon;What would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwell?Absence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!


Western progress (from one damned thing to another) seems to be essentially the MO of nowhere fast. But, on the other hand, the don't-set-foot-outside-your-own-village/cave ideal or injunction that you find in Buddhism and even in the Daoism of which I'm fonder, seems . . . defeatist. And more than that, it is in contradiction to what nature actually does. Somewhere, somehow, I feel as if these two opposing principles have to be reconciled.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, a little bit, but there's a certain maturity level that just comes with experience and growing up.

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

Nonsense makes the heart grow fonder.

The fonder you are of your ideals, the greater your heartbreaks.


A man in love prefers his passion to every other consideration, and is fonder of his mistress than he is of virtue. Should she prove vicious, she makes vice lovely in his eyes.

Absence really can make the heart grow fonder, even when the [man's] feet wander.

Absence makes the heart grow frozen, not fonder.

People always get tired of one another.

I grow tired of myself whenever I am left alone for ten minutes, and I am certain that I am fonder of myself than anyone can be of another person.

Absence may or may not make the heart grow fonder, but it certainly freshens the eye.