Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
And as we lose sight of the outspoken young man who hated society, and of the passionate lover, seeking some mysterious unity with his love and finding it miraculously, now here, now there, it is natural to abuse the system of patrons and patronage that thus seduced the most incorruptible of men.
lose sight of:
to be unable to see someone or something any more;
saying exactly what you think, even if this shock or offend people;