idiom about not smelling the garbage

Albert Schlef

Senior Member
In my country/langauge we say "one who lives in excrements doesn't smell it". It means that people get used to living in some bad state of affairs and don't realize how miserable they are.

Is there a similar idiom/proverb in English?
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  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The only remotely related idea I can think of is casting pearls before swine. It suggests that some people, unkindly characterized as swine, cannot appreciate some higher experiences.

    suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    We say "happy as a pig in muck" but that is not the same idea as yours, that is about being really happy with the way things are!
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