Transitory Quotes

Transitory Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frederick Lenz, Seth Shostak, Zygmunt Bauman, George Santayana and many others.

All that is transitory is but a metaphor.

All that is transitory is but a metaphor.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Human beings affix themselves to things that are of little or no importance. They affix themselves to the transitory, to things that are impermanent, and in doing so, they get all upset
Frederick Lenz
Odors can be highly transitory, depending on the air currents. If this is happening in your house, ask if there are any possessions of that deceased loved one still around. If it happens elsewhere, consider just how many millions of people use the same perfume or smoke the same brand of cigar as someone you knew.
Seth Shostak
Today’s youth have been cast in a condition of liminal drift, with no way of knowing whether it is transitory or permanent.
Zygmunt Bauman
Learn to accept the transitory nature of existence of the body and the mind; see eternity in everything, this world, the other worlds, and nirvana.
Frederick Lenz
Mortality has its compensations; one is that all evils are transitory, another that better times may come.
George Santayana
We examine everything in existence and we come to see that everything is transitory and temporal, that which is left over is God, is eternity, is the Self.
Frederick Lenz
One of the most important revelations about a period comes in its theory of language, for that informs us whether language is viewed as a bridge to the noumenal or as a body of fictions convenient for grappling with transitory phenomena.
Richard M. Weaver
Every design is a rigorous attempt to capture a concrete moment of a transitory image in all its nuances. The extent to which this transitory quality is captured, is reflected in the designs: the more precise they are, the more vulnerable.
Alvaro Siza Vieira
Action is transitory, a step, a blow,
The motion of a muscle, this way or that,
‘Tis done–And in the after-vacancy,
We wonder at ourselves, like men betrayed.
William Wordsworth
Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected.
Charles Baudelaire
We mourn the transitory things and fret under the yoke of the immutable ones.
Paul Eldridge
Plato … teaches the separation of the human soul from its ” home ” in the realm of pure essences. Man is estranged from what he essentially is. His existence in a transitory world contradicts his essential participation in the eternal world of ideas .
Paul Tillich
It is not true that the perfection of police power is the result of the state’s Machiavellianism or of some transitory influence. The whole structure of society implies it, of necessity. The more we mobilize the forces of nature, the more must we mobilize men and the more do we require order.
Jacques Ellul
[The] vain and transitory scenes of human greatness are unworthy of a serious thought.
Edward Gibbon
Orthodox theologians insisted that the rest of humankind were only transitory creatures, lost in sin – a view that would support what would become their dominant teaching about salvation, offered only through Christ, and, in particular, through the church they claimed to represent.
Elaine Pagels
Man, so far as natural science by itself is able to teach us, is no longer the final cause of the universe, the Heaven-descended heir of all the ages. His very existence is an accident, his story a brief and transitory episode in the life of one of the meanest of the planets.
Arthur Balfour
But when reason and the study of history began revealing the irrationality, the limitations, and the merely transitory nature of the capitalist order, bourgeois ideology as a whole and with it bourgeois economics began abandoning both reason and history.
Paul A. Baran
You are quite, quite wrong if you think that … I find your happiness painful. What matters is that happiness – the golden day – should exist in the world, not much to whom it comes. For all of us it is so transitory a thing, how could one not draw joy from its arrival?
Winifred Holtby
Rash, angry words, and spoken out of season, When passion has usurp’d the throne of reason, Have ruin’d many. Passion is unjust, And for an idle, transitory gust Of gratified revenge, dooms us to pay With long repentance at a later day.
Theognis of Megara
Our pleasance here is all vain glory, This false world is but transitory.
William Dunbar
I try desperately to conquer the transitory nature of my existence, to trap moments before they evenesce, to untangle the confusion of my past. Every instant disappears in a breath and immediately becomes the past; reality is ephemeral and changing, pure longing.
Isabel Allende
The individual man is transitory, but the pulse of life and of growth goes on after he is gone, buried under a wreath of magnolia leaves.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
When considering marriage one should ask oneself this question; ‘will I be able to talk with this person into old age?’ Everything else is transitory, the most time is spent in conversation.
Bertrand Russell
Christianity is not engrossed by this transitory world, but measures all things by the thought of eternity.
John Gresham Machen
Let us leave our old friend in one of those moments of unmixed happiness which, if we seek them, there are ever some, to cheer our transitory existence here. There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
Charles Dickens
Both Proust and Joyce record the ways in which human perspectives can be transformed. In Portrait, Stephen Dedalus is constantly undergoing epiphanies, but their effects are transitory: the new synthetic complex quickly falls apart. Proust’s characters, by contrast, often achieve lasting changes of perspective.
Philip Kitcher
God alone is truth, everything else is transitory and illusory.
Mahatma Gandhi
Things aren’t all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life
Rainer Maria Rilke
The aims of scientific thought are to see the general in the particular and the eternal in the transitory.
Alfred North Whitehead
Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.
Charles Caleb Colton
The things which we hold in our hands, which we see with our eyes, and which our avarice hugs, are transitory, they may be taken from us by ill luck or by violence; but a kindness lasts even after the loss of that by means of which it was bestowed; for it is a good deed, which no violence can undo.
Seneca the Younger
Affection may be abiding and love may be abiding, but the state of being in love is transitory.
Jo Coudert
I’m not always really calm, but I try not to get taken away by things that are incredibly transitory.
Jennifer Beals
Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket.
Oliver Goldsmith
Anything that confirms for me the transitory nature of reality isn’t bad. It’s a good lesson in human hubris.
Richard Linklater
As you learn to accept that the body is transitory, as you watch it with love, but without attachment, the body will develop purity.
Frederick Lenz
All things are only transitory.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Man is a transitory being, and his designs must partake of the imperfections their author.
Samuel Johnson
Romantic poses aside, let us recognize that “falling in love”…is an inferior state of mind, a form of transitory imbecility.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
The past is history written in stone that can’t be altered. The future is transitory and never guaranteed. Today is the only thing you can alter for certain. Make the most of it.
Sherrilyn Kenyon
I have little taste for fashionable dissipations, cards, and dancing; the theatre and tea parties are my aversion, and I look with little envy on those who find their enjoyment in such transitory delights, if delights they may be called.
Dorothea Dix
Selfless giving reminds us that there is an eternally present spirit in all of us, that when revealed, liberates us from both the transitory and the eternal – both of which ultimatly can be attachments.
Frederick Lenz
I’ve never cared that much for cementing my place in history. Sports is so transitory, so ephemeral. It just seems like so much nonsense comparing me to Helen Wills Moody or Suzanne Lenglen or anybody else from some other time. One lesson you learn from sports is that life goes on without you.
Billie Jean King
Our moods and insights are transitory. This current is a flow of grace moving us to our right livelihood, companions, destiny.
Julia Cameron
But it is not that easy, is it? I seek a lasting relationship, something permanent in a world of change, in which all is transitory, ephemeral, and full of pain.
Eldridge Cleaver
The truth wears longer than all the gods; for it is only in the truth’s service, and for love of it, that people have overthrown the gods and at last God himself. “The truth” outlasts the downfall of the world of gods, for it is the immortal soul of this transitory world of gods; it is Deity itself.
Max Stirner
Belief is so valuable and living that it infuses with life everything it enters! It transforms the fleeting glimmer of transitory life into eternal life, dispelling the transience in it.
Said Nursi
Mature striving is linked to long-range goals. Thus, the process of becoming is largely a matter of organizing transitory impulses into a pattern of striving and interest in which the element of self-awareness plays a large part.
Gordon W. Allport
The glory of the world is transitory, and we should not measure our lives by it, but by the choice we make to follow our personal legend, to believe in our utopias, and to fight for our dreams.
Paulo Coelho
Toleration ought in reality to be merely a transitory mood. It must lead to recognition. To tolerate is to affront.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Ask what Time is, it is nothing else but something of eternal duration become finite, measurable and transitory.
William Law
Human progress planned as alternatives (to God’s plan) introduce in justice, evil and violence rising against the divine plan of justice and salvation. And despite transitory and apparent successes, they are reduced to simple machinations destined to dissolution and failure.
Pope John Paul II
Everything transitory is but an image.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
This false warld is but transitory.
William Dunbar
Let the Lord your God be your hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself.
Saint Augustine
I recognise a distinction between dream life and real life, between appearances and actualities. I confess to an over-powering desire to know whether I am asleep or awake–whether the environment and laws which affect me are external and permanent, or the transitory products of my own brain.
H. P. Lovecraft
Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.
Edmund Burke
He saw all these forms and faces in a thousand relationships become newly born. Each one was mortal, a passionate, painful example of all that is transitory. Yet none of them died, they only changed, were always reborn, continually had a new face: only time stood between one face and another.
Hermann Hesse
Taoism shows us how to deal with life and death by realizing everything here is transitory but its substance is eternal.
Frederick Lenz
You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. Imagine how happy I felt when I got relief from bladder pressure. How long did that happiness last?
Frederick Salomon Perls
To see what is general in what is particular, and what is permanent in what is transitory, is the aim of scientific thought.
Alfred North Whitehead
At the beginning of a marriage ask yourself whether this woman will be interesting to talk to from now until old age. Everything else in marriage is transitory: most of the time is spent in conversation.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
Socrates
The transitoriness of our existence in now way makes it meaningless. But it does constitute our responsibleness; for everything hinges upon our realizing the essentially transitory possibilities.
Viktor E. Frankl
The ego is a false perception of self. It’s an idea, a transitory identity that we’ve picked up.
Frederick Lenz
Advanced Courses [in Scientology] are the most valuable service on the planet. Life insurance, houses, cars, stocks, bonds, college savings, all are transitory and impermanent… There is nothing to compare with Advanced Courses. They are infinitely valuable and transcend time itself.
L. Ron Hubbard
Life is a frail and transitory thing, but it has been given a higher purpose and dignity through the revelation of God’s Teaching to Israel, and the resulting dedication of an entire people to God’s service.
Joseph Hertz
By the side of the everlasting Why there is a Yes–a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes.
E. M. Forster
I came to feel very, very sentimental about those sets, which is ludicrous, because they represent everything which is transitory and insubstantial. It’s absurd that one should feel sentimental about timber and canvas.
Patrick Stewart
Tantric Zen is for the individual who is in love with both the finite and the infinite, who gets a kick out of this weird transitory world and at the same time, wants to step beyond it.
Frederick Lenz
It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.
Milan Kundera
Unfortunately, little darlings, there is no such thing as a simple love story.The most transitory puppy crush is complex to the extent of lying beyond the far reaches of the brain’s understanding.
Tom Robbins