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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
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In notes by distance made more sweet.
  • Sweetest melodies.
    Are those that are by distance made more sweet.

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.
  • 'T is distance lends enchantment to the view,
    And robes the mountain in its azure hue.

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