distance lends enchantment (to the view)

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distance lends enchantment (to the view)

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.

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.
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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.
Perhaps that long-gone Scottish poet Thomas Campbell was right to say: ``Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.
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