what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over

what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over
Cf. ST. BERNARD Sermon v. All Saints, vulgo dicitur: Quod non videt oculus cor non dolet, it is commonly said: what the eye sees not, the heart does not grieve at; early 14th-cent. Fr. car on dit que ce que on ne voit au cueur ne deult, for it is said that what one does not see does not harm the heart.

1545 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages (ed. 2) 13 That the eye seeth not, the hart rueth not.

1576 G. PETTIE Petit Palace 145 As the sence of seeinge is most sharp, so is that paine most pinching, to see the thing one seeketh, and can not possesse it... And as the common saying is, that which the eye seeth, the hart greeueth.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 341 What the Eye sees not, the Heart rues not. Men may have Losses, but if they be unknown to them they give them no Trouble.

1830 J. L. BURCKHARDT Arabic Proverbs 109 When the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve.

1883 C. S. BURNE Shropshire Folklore xxxvi. These..seem to be popular legal maxims... What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve.

1939 G. HEYER No Wind of Blame iii. Anyone knows what men are, and what the eye doesn’t see the heart won’t grieve over.

1986 ‘J. GREENWOOD’ Mists Over Mosley (1987) xix. 122 ‘But they have a saying in these parts. “What the eye don’t see, the heart don’t grieve,” and I’ve always said to myself, that’s not a bad motto for a man.’


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