The grass is greener on the other side.

Can you guys explain this sentence?

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It is a proverb:

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

People are never satisfied with their own situation; they always think others have it better.


The idiom derives from a more recent version of an ancient proverb and exists in many variations. The Roman poet Ovid, for example, cited the proverb “ferilor seges est alienis semper in agris,” meaning “the harvest is always more fruitful in another man’s field.” Although dozens of versions of the proverb can be found, “the grass is always greener” is the favorite American way of expressing the sentiment. It is speculated that the expression came from the habit of cattle of grazing through the fence on the grass of the adjacent field, or escaping from one pasture to another through a broken fence line, in search of new grass to eat.


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    I think it's like "I dont like my country. That country is better." but when he went to that country to live it's like "I miss my country. This country is too bad to live, I want to go back." Did I understand it? – sNexy Jan 3 at 8:06
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    @ÖzgünErdemCeylan - yes, it may express also that concept. It always comes down to the idea that others are in a better condition than you are. – user070221 Jan 3 at 8:08
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    well, it's a proverb that often said to remind someone that just because the situation of the other(s) might looks better than what they have, that doesn't mean it all is. Since it's often easier to envy what looks better about the other situation, than understanding what's worse about it. – LukStorms Jan 3 at 10:58
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    I like the cow grazing origin hypothesis, but I have always visualized this proverb in a suburban lawn-care setting. As in: "I water, I fertilize, I aerate, I pull up every dandelion as soon as I see it, I carefully mow and keep the mower's blades well honed. But somehow, someway, Dave-the-Neighbor's lawn always looks nicer. (Grumble grumble stupid Dave.)" Good or bad, it's a very American way of thinking. – cobaltduck Jan 3 at 12:35
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    @ÖzgünErdemCeylan No. The proverb doesn't really mean that on its own. Applied to that particular situation, it doesn't say the person has at some point been to that other country. It just means that one always thinks that others have it better. (But this is obviously an absurd sentiment because if everyone thinks that about everyone else...) – userr2684291 Jan 3 at 13:29

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