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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Thomas à Kempis. (1379 or 1380–1471)
 
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    Man proposes, but God disposes. 1
          Imitation of Christ. Book i. Chap. 19.
60
    And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind. 2
          Imitation of Christ. Book i. Chap. 23.
61
    Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. 3
          Imitation of Christ. Book iii. Chap. 12.
 
Sir John Fortescue. (c. 1394–1476)
 
62
    Moche Crye and no Wull. 4
          De Laudibus Leg. Angliæ. Chap. x.
63
    Comparisons are odious. 5
          De Laudibus Leg. Angliæ. Chap. xix.
 
Note 1.
This expression is of much greater antiquity. It appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, p. 27 (Lower’s translation), and in The Vision of Piers Ploughman, line 13994. ed. 1550.

A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.—Proverbs xvi. 9. [back]
Note 2.
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]
Note 3.
See Chaucer, Quotation 43. [back]
Note 4.
All cry and no wool.—Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto i. line 852. [back]
Note 5.
Cervantes: Don Quixote (Lockhart’s ed.), part ii. chap. i. John Lyly: Euphues, 1580. Christopher Marlowe: Lust’s Dominion, act iii. sc. 4. Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 3. Thomas Heywood: A Woman killed with Kindness (first ed. in l607), act i. sc. 1. Dr. John Donne: Elegy, viii. George Herbert: Jacula Prudentum. Grange: Golden Aphrodite.

Comparisons are odorous.—William Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing, act iii. sc. 5. [back]
 

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