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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

60 Thomas &agrave Kempis 1379 or 1380-1471 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Thomas à Kempis (1379 or 1380–1471)
QUOTATION:And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Imitation of Christ. Book i. Chap. 23.
Note 1.
Out of syght, out of mynd.—Googe: Eglogs. 1563.

And out of mind as soon as out of sight.
Lord Brooke: Sonnet lvi.

Fer from eze, fer from herte,
Quoth Hendyng.
Hendyng: Proverbs, MSS. Circa 1320.

I do perceive that the old proverbis be not alwaies trew, for I do finde that the absence of my Nath. doth breede in me the more continuall remembrance of him.—Anne Lady Bacon to Jane Lady Cornwallis, 1613.

On page 19 of The Private Correspondence of Lady Cornwallis, Sir Nathaniel Bacon speaks of the owlde proverbe, “Out of sighte, out of mynde.” [back]