2

It is said that Shakespeare and Hopkins used ‘out of sight is out of mind’.

But when was this phrase first used?

  • The OED has: "a1500 tr. Thomas à Kempis De Imitatione Christi (Trin. Dublin) (1893) 30 (MED), Whan man is oute of siȝt, sone he passiþ oute of mynde." But I don't know whether that's the first known usage. – Peter Shor Jan 9 '16 at 1:38
1

It says HERE that, even though the expression was already in use as early as the 13th Century, the first printed citation is from 1562:

The earliest printed citation of a link with memory and the sight of something is in John Heywood's Woorkes. A dialogue conteynyng prouerbes and epigrammes, 1562, as reprinted by the Spenser Society, 1867:

"Out of sight out of minde."

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.