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absence makes the heart grow fonder

absence makes the heart grow fonder in Culture

Absence makes the heart grow fonder definition


Persons, places, or things become dearer to us when they are absent.

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absence makes the heart grow fonder

Separation intensifies love, as in After a year in another country she accepted his proposal, so I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder , or, used ironically, The boss leaves earlier every day; oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder . Although versions of this saying date from Roman times, it only became popular after Thomas Haynes Bayly used it as the last line of a song in The Isle of Beauty (1850). The opposite sentiment is expressed by familiarity breeds contempt
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