absence makes the heart grow fonder

absence makes the heart grow fonder
also, distance makes the heart grow fonder


  • to miss and love someone more when they are not around
  • to think of someone more when they are not near you
  • to miss someone and realize their worth in life
  • absence of something in life increasing the desire to have it

Example Sentences

  1. The couple reunited after almost a year and understood that the absence had made their hearts grow fonder.
  2. I did not believe in the concept of loving someone so dearly but his absence in my life had made my heart grown fond of him.
  3. Their story is absurd because they fought so much when they met and yet absence made their heart grow fonder.
  4. Would you believe that your absence has made my heart grow fonder of you?
  5. My mother always waits for dad to come back from his overseas trips, absence does make the heart grow fonder.
  6. When I was with her she always fought with me but now she cries for me on phone. I think that distance made her heart grow fonder.


The phrase originated in ancient Rome with a poet by the name of Sextus Propertius using it in his work Elegies. The more contemporary way of using the phrase was seen in the work titled “The Pocket Magazine of Classic and Polite Literature” by an author known as Miss Stickland in the year 1832.


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