There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.Benjamin Franklin
Distance is the quality of objects being physically separated from one another.
- Yon foaming flood seems motionless as ice;
Its dizzy turbulence eludes the eye,
Frozen by distance.
- William Wordsworth, Address to Kilchurn Castle.
- I see not a step before me as I tread on another year;
But I've left the Past in God's keeping,—the Future
His mercy shall clear;
And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.
- Mary Gardiner Brainard, Not knowing, published in The Congregationalist, March 1869, and set to music as a hymn by Philip Paul Bliss in the 1870s. Thomas Corts, Glimpses of Christian History Presents More Stories: Blessed Bliss, 2007.
- By this time, like one who had set out on his way by night, and travelled through a region of smooth or idle dreams, our history now arrives on the confines, where daylight and truth meet us with a clear dawn, representing to our view, though at a far distance, true colours and shapes.
- John Milton, The History of England, Book i.
- Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
- Charles Lindbergh, as quoted in Lindbergh: Flight's Enigmatic Hero (2002) by Von Hardesty
Distance makes things more sweet
- Distance sometimes endears friendship, and absence sweeteneth it.
- James Howell, Familiar Letters, book i, section i, No. 6.
- In notes by distance made more sweet.
- William Collins, The Passions, an Ode for Music (1747), line 60.
- Sweetest melodies.
Are those that are by distance made more sweet.
- William Wordsworth, Personal Talk, stanza 2.
Distant things appear better
- Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,
But look'd too near have neither heat nor light.
- Love is like a landscape which doth stand
Smooth at a distance, rough at hand.
- Robert Hegge, On Love, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- We're charm'd with distant views of happiness,
But near approaches make the prospect less.
- Thomas Yalden, Against Enjoyment, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- As distant prospects please us, but when near
We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.
- Samuel Garth, The Dispensatory, canto iii, line 27.
- 'T is distance lends enchantment to the view,
And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
- Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, part i, line 7.