Distance lends enchantment

distance lends enchantment (to the view)

proverb When one is removed from something, it becomes deceptively appealing. But you hated that rickety old house when we lived there! Remember that distance lends enchantment to the view.
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Distance lends enchantment (to the view).

Prov. Things that are far away from you appear better than they really are. Jill: High school was the happiest time of my life. Jane: But that was fifteen years ago. I think distance lends enchantment to the view.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'In times for ever fled Arthur,' returned Mrs Finching, 'pray excuse me Doyce and Clennam infinitely more correct and though unquestionably distant still 'tis distance lends enchantment to the view, at least I don't mean that and if I did I suppose it would depend considerably on the nature of the view, but I'm running on again and you put it all out of my head.'
However, it's a case of distance lends enchantment today.
Of course distance lends enchantment (the carrots your grandma grew and cooked always tasted delicious) but it is undeniably true that a lot of old varieties were revered for their taste.
Apparently, distance lends enchantment. But some disagree and say that the relationship thrives because it isn't tested by the nitty-gritty of living with somebody on a daily basis.
I suppose in some cases, "distance lends enchantment" while elsewhere it might possibly have something to do with the Plaid Leadership election.
"Distance lends enchantment. The further back you go, the sun always shone.
The old adage that distance lends enchantment does have an influence; however those were halcyon days (and nights).
HAS your correspondent Charles Harris of Ryal, Northumberland (Voice of the North, February 24) heard the old saying that "distance lends enchantment to the view"?
Maybe distance lends enchantment and there were a lot of ordinary players in my playing days.
For the gift from afar confers, legitimates and even hallows power, just as distance lends enchantment to strangers and sanctity to pilgrims.
At the end of the explanation, he just said, 'That was years ago, and distance lends enchantment.' "So when I'm on a zimmer frame, I'll say winning the Swedish championship in 1976 was my greatest achievement."
But distance lends enchantment and a trip to the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans provides a fascinating way of seeing granny in action before rushing back to the comforting surroundings of Laura Ashley and Habitat.
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