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

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."

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