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Distance

'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,
And robes the mountain in its azure hue. ~ Thomas Campbell

Distance usually refers to numerical measures of how far apart or close together objects are, based on a standard physical length, or estimations based on other criteria (e.g. "two counties over"). In mathematics, a distance function or metric is a way of describing what it means for elements of some space to be "close to" or "far away from" each other, according to a specific set of rules. In a more general sense it can refer to differing ranges of similarity, diversity, complexity or conceptual dimensionality, beyond those distinguished by any simple linear or numerical measures.

QuotesEdit

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
From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
It's the heart of every man…
Sweetest melodies.
Are those that are by distance made more sweet. ~ William Wordsworth
  • 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, as quoted in Glimpses of Christian History Presents More Stories: Blessed Bliss (2007) by Thomas Corts.
  • 'T is distance lends enchantment to the view,
    And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
  • In notes by distance made more sweet.
  • As distant prospects please us, but when near
    We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.
  • From a distance we are instruments
    Marching in a common band

    Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace
    They're the songs of every man.
  • From a distance you look like my friend
    Even though we are at war
    From a distance I just cannot comprehend
    What all this war is for.
  • From a distance there is harmony
    And it echoes through the land
    And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
    It's the heart of every man
    (Every man).

    It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves
    This is the song of every man.

  • 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).
  • Distance sometimes endears friendship, and absence sweeteneth it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sweetest melodies.
    Are those that are by distance made more sweet.
  • Yon foaming flood seems motionless as ice;
    Its dizzy turbulence eludes the eye,
    Frozen by distance.
  • 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).

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