Quotes of Ephemeral

“ Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! ”

- Walter Landor

“ Time is not a thing, thus nothing which is, and yet it remains constant in its passing away without being something temporal like the beings in time. ”

- Martin Heidegger

“ All is ephemeral — fame and the famous as well. ”

- Marcus Aurelius

“ Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame, A grave to rest in, and a fading name! ”

- William Winter

“ Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! ”

- Walter Savage Landor

“ Passing beauties are only the fugitive reflectios of the eternal. ”

- Eliphas Levi

“ I like to see flowers growing, but when they are gathered, they cease to please. I look on them as things rootless and perishable; their likeness to life makes me sad. ”

- Charlotte Bronte

“ Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation. ”

- Sid Taylor

“ Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. ”

- Denis Diderot

“ No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing. ”

- Mario Vargas Llosa

“ Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories… but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted deja vu. ”

- Florence E. King

“ We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused — in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery — by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press — their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner. ”

- Edgar Allan Poe

“ Legislation, both statutory and constitutional, is enacted, it is true, from an experience of evils but its general language should not, therefore, be necessarily confined to the form that evil had theretofore taken. Time works changes, brings into existence new conditions and purposes… ”

- Joseph McKenna

“ For the camera, the creative moment is brief - a compelling, ephemeral collision of event and artist. Extreme awareness combined with unobtrusiveness becomes the contest the photographer must work within. ”

- Ken Ruth

“ In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality. The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral. ”

- George Santayana

“ Identity is a bag and a gag. Yet it exists for me with all the force of a fatal disease. Obviously I am here, a mind and a body. To say there's no proof my body exists would be arty and specious and if my mind is more ephemeral, less provable, the solution of being a writer with solid books is as close as anyone has come to a perfect answer. ”

- Judith Rossner

“ How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do. ”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

“ How frail and ephemeral is the material substance of letters, which makes their very survival so hazardous. Print has a permanence of its own, though it may not be much worth preserving, but a letter! Conveyed by uncertain transportation, over which the sender has no control; committed to a single individual who may be careless or inappreciative; left to the mercy of future generations, of families maybe anxious to suppress the past, of the accidents of removals and house-cleanings, or of mere ignorance… ”

- Elizabeth Drew

“ Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance. ”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

“ A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him… ”

- James Allen
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