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  • Her fame was ephemeral.
  • Her enthusiasm was as ephemeral as the morning mist.
  • it was all as ephemeral as a rainbow
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • It was nothing but an ephemeral dream.

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  • What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart?
    Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman  --  Northern Exposure (TV sitcom), The Bumpy Road to Love (1991 episode)
  • ...contemplating with regret ... the ephemeral splendor of another afternoon that would never return.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • the ephemeral flower
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • a lot of people were concerned with ... the ephemeral nature of things.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He had so long since ceased to direct his course towards any ideal goal, and had confined himself to the pursuit of ephemeral satisfactions,
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But I am aware of our ephemeral passage.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves

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  • ...the floor produced an ephemeral optical illusion...
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In a soft voice, Lifaen said, "Once we were like you, bright, fleeting, and as ephemeral as the morning dew."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • In fact, if there could be any hope, it would be very ephemeral,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The flower will wither in a few moments and leave nothing save its brown seed vessels; but thence may be perpetuated a race as ephemeral as itself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Her companion, also in black, appeared as a well-formed young woman about eighteen, completely possessed of that ephemeral precious essence youth, which is itself beauty, irrespective of complexion or contour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • For how can we condemn something that is ephemeral, in transit?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Nicolas was also close to the little girl’s heart, but there was something ephemeral and volatile about him.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The ephemeral bloom of a sego lily peeks from the toe of a ninety-foot stone arch,
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Ephemeral as the flamelike budding leaves, men flourish on the ripe wheat of the grainland, then in spiritless age they waste and die.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The tearoom, called "the abode of fancy," is an ephemeral structure built to enclose a moment of poetic intuition.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • They were fragments of dreams-but solid, to be touched, to be felt, to be used-not ephemeral at all.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Kutuzov defeated Napoleon precisely because he was not swayed by the ephemeral and superficial values of the court, and made his decisions on a visceral understanding of his men and his people.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Of course, all that happened tonight was ephemeral,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • scenes ephemeral
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Now, they came in with deeper plantings — ephemerals...
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • As is usual with bright natures, the deity that lies ignominiously chained within an ephemeral human carcase shone out of him like a ray.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Kalden said, looking to her, his eyes seeming to want to get back to the place where Mae was something more than ephemeral.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She began to move infinitely slowly upwind across the swale, and I had the impression that both ears were cocked for the faintest sound, while I could see her nose wrinkling as she sifted the breeze for the most ephemeral scents.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • For some reason Meg felt that Mrs Which, despite her looks and ephemeral broomstick, was someone in whom one could put complete trust.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • He was about fifteen years old and looked faintly perturbed about being pulled out of class for a project so ephemeral and disorganized.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Her preoccupation with her sweetheart was maddening, and I could hardly bear the thought—thrust it into the back of my mind—that this precipitate passion she had for a few hot moments lavished on me was the result of a transfer of identity; that I was merely an instant surrogate Jozef, flesh to occupy space in an ephemeral fantasy.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It seems as though man’s lodging partook of his ephemeral character, and God’s house of his eternity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was during an access of this kind that I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys, sought in the magnificence, the eternity of such scenes, to forget myself and my ephemeral, because human, sorrows.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • And, of course, the most famous apparition of all, reported numerous times in the Capitol basement—an ephemeral black cat that prowled the substructure’s eerie maze of narrow passageways and cubicles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They talked on slight and ephemeral subjects, and when his tea was brought up he told the amazed little servant that a cup was to be set for Sue.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Another year’s instalment of flowers, leaves, nightingales, thrushes, finches, and such ephemeral creatures, took up their positions where only a year ago others had stood in their place when these were nothing more than germs and inorganic particles.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Her beauty itself was not the mere ephemeral possession it might have been in the hands of inexperience: her skill in enhancing it, the care she took of it, the use she made of it, seemed to give it a kind of permanence.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Isabel pronounced them with confidence "ephemeral," but she esteemed the courage, energy and good-humour of the writer, who, without parents and without property, had adopted three of the children of an infirm and widowed sister and was paying their school-bills out of the proceeds of her literary labour.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …from the task actually in hand, had no such kindly meaning, but like a ghostly roll of drums remorselessly beat the measure of life, made one think of the destruction of the island and its engulfment in the sea, and warned her whose day had slipped past in one quick doing after another that it was all ephemeral as a rainbow—this sound which had been obscured and concealed under the other sounds suddenly thundered hollow in her ears and made her look up with an impulse of terror.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Right through that ephemeral girl.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • We held on to our letters as on to all far-away or ephemeral things at that moment, to our secret hope or joy and our despair too, which she might require of us.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • But still the phrases flickered on as ephemeral and capricious as before, as thwarting-the abrupt and fragmentary glimpses of a figure passing behind the brief notches of parapets.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if everything were titular and ephemeral but he.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It is the only one of them all which can hope for immortality; but if it be connected with their ephemeral authority, it shares their fortunes, and may fall with those transient passions which supported them for a day.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Thus it is that the American at times steals an hour from himself; and laying aside for a while the petty passions which agitate his life, and the ephemeral interests which engross it, he strays at once into an ideal world, where all is great, eternal, and pure.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Almost as a rule, they are minor and ephemeral-a flight of ochre-colored steps leading down the hill, the small segment of a bridge otherwise hidden by palms, an undistinguished part of a villa, a brown awning, a horse cart passing through an opening in the Aurelian Wall.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It was so small, in fact, such a tiny, initial, ephemeral concentration of something immaterial—of something not yet matter, but related to matter—of energy, that one could not yet, or perhaps no longer, think of it as matter, but rather as both the medium and boundary between the material and immaterial.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Isabel pronounced them with confidence "ephemeral," but she esteemed the courage, energy and good-humour of the writer, who, without parents and without property, had adopted three of the children of an infirm and widowed sister and was paying their school-bills out of the proceeds of her literary labour.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid: and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed—love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.
    William Faulkner  --  Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Speech
  • These tinctured the silent bosom of the clouds above them and lit up their ephemeral caves, which seemed thenceforth to become scalding caldrons.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
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