wordy wednesday: absence makes the heart grow fonder

Today’s idiom: absence makes the heart grow fonder

Meaning: being away from something makes it more desirable

Origin: One source states that it comes from the Roman poet Sextus Propertius, who was born somewhere in 50-45 BC and died in 15 BC.  In his Elegies he wrote: “Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows.”  The more familiar phrasing as it is heard today was written in 1832 by Miss Stickland in The Pocket Magazine of Classic and Polite Literature.

Sources: phrases.  wikipedia.


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