distance lends enchantment (to the view)

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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.'
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"?
Distance lends enchantment to the view. The Fisher Government is regarded with reverent approval, the Hawke Government with some suspicion.
Perhaps that long-gone Scottish poet Thomas Campbell was right to say: ``Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.'' But then, perhaps we should attempt to survey our planet - as I say our only home - from a distance that puts our petty posturing into perspective.
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