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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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