We have these adjective meanings:
1. far apart; far distant in space.
2. out-of-the-way; secluded: a remote village.
3. distant in time, relationship, connection, etc.: remote antiquity; a remote ancestor.
4. far off; abstracted; removed: principles remote from actions.
5. not direct or primary; not directly involved or influential: the remote causes of the war.
6. slight or faint; unlikely: a remote chance.
7. reserved and distant in manner.
8. operating or controlled from a distance, as by remote control.
1. far off or apart in space; remote.
2. apart or far off in time.
3. remote in any respect: a distant relative.
4. reserved or aloof; not familiar or cordial.
5. arriving from or going to a distance.
I can't understand the difference between “remote” and “distant“?
When do I use remote and distant? For me they are identical.
Next examples don't give a grasp for me (I took them from my self-education):
1. He might know a remote capability of lying but that was useless.
2. I'm not sorry to be as remote from these things as I am.
1. The hobbits looked anxiously at the distant hills. (Why? Can I say "remote"?)
2. He looked north across a line of rocks, studying a distant escarpment.
3. Light clouds came up out of the sea in the distant South and were blown away upon the breeze.
4. Soon he was beyond the reach of the last rays from the faint and distant Sun.
I think these examples aren't the best.