The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.Thomas Carlyle
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.