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  • I try to capture the evanescent beauty of the sunset in my photographs.
  • An infinite distress possessed Razumov, annihilated his energy, and before his eyes everything appeared confused and as if evanescent.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • There is nothing more beautiful, I think, than the evanescent fleeting images and sentiments presented by a language one is just becoming familiar with—ideas that flit across the mental sky, shaped and tinted by capricious fancy.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • A book not so much full of birds as full of evanescence, of blue-winged, trumpeting mysteries.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • And as we stood rubbing our noses and jabbering in the street, Popper looking up at us curiously, the wonderfulness of New York seemed right on the tip of my tongue, an evanescence possible to convey.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • At multiple depths, as far as I could see, there were evanescent trails of phosphorescent green bubbles, the wake of speeding fish.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In times of strong emotion mankind disdain all base considerations; but such times are evanescent.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had thought he loved her to distraction; he had regarded his passion as adoration; and behold it was only a poor little evanescent partiality.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • There was a knock at the door, and that connection between them-evanescent as a butterfly that lands on your hand-broke.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • She was ladylike, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days; characterised by a certain state and dignity, rather than by the delicate, evanescent, and indescribable grace which is now recognised as its indication.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waist-coat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • So evanescent and unstable are men’s works in this world!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Looking past that mad helmsman, who was shaking the empty rifle and yelling at the shore, I saw vague forms of men running bent double, leaping, gliding, distinct, incomplete, evanescent.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • What, then, would it avail the reader to know their names, or the evanescent symbols of their martial rank!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But this was an evanescence, and quickly repented of, as it were, by an immitigable look, pinching and shrivelling the visage into the momentary semblance of a wrinkled walnut.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • There was something evanescent about Morel, she thought, something shifting and false.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • She examined me intently, and I could detect a curious shifting and shading of feelings on her face, too evanescent and ambiguous for definition.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Silvery dancing strands that seemed the pure play of light , light as evanescent news, ideas borne on light.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • My feelings are not quite so evanescent, nor my memory of the past under such easy dominion as one finds to be the case with men of the world.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescent, one colour melting into another like the colours on a butterfly’s wing; but beneath the fabric must be clamped together with bolts of iron.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • He will be wise, no doubt, to make a very moderate use of the privileges here stated, and, especially, to mingle the Marvelous rather as a slight, delicate, and evanescent flavor, than as any portion of the actual substance of the dish offered to the public.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Occasionally a figure dressed for evening appeared at the railings, the glitter of jewels at her throat, her perfume adding a lush evanescent spice to the flowers in the air.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • She was immediately angry at having betrayed even to herself the possible evanescence of her passion for him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Centuries telescoped into one evanescent moment.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Upon the whole she felt gratified, even though such a limited and evanescent triumph should involve her daughter’s reputation; it might end in marriage yet, and in the warmth of her responsiveness to their admiration she invited her visitors to stay to tea.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • A mirror inlaid with lovely colours divides the lovers, delicate stars of pink and grey interpose, exquisite nebulae, shadings fainter than the tail of a comet or the midday moon, all the evanescent life of the granite, only here visible.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Where, however, happy circumstance permits its development, the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death—that love which many waters cannot quench, nor the floods drown, beside which the passion usually called by the name is evanescent as steam.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Each evanescent picture touched the vision-building faculty in Selden, leading him so far down the vistas of fancy that even Gerty Farish’s running commentary—"Oh, how lovely Lulu Melson looks!" or: "That must be Kate Corby, to the right there, in purple"—did not break the spell of the illusion.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • A fervor glowed in her whole aspect and beamed upon Giovanni’s consciousness like the light of truth itself; but while she spoke there was a fragrance in the atmosphere around her, rich and delightful, though evanescent, yet which the young man, from an indefinable reluctance, scarcely dared to draw into his lungs.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • In the postcards that he sent from the way stations he would describe with shouts the instantaneous images that he had seen from the window of his coach, and it was as if he were tearing up and throwing into oblivion some long, evanescent poem: the chimerical Negroes in the cotton fields of Louisiana, the winged horses in the bluegrass of Kentucky, the Greek lovers in the infernal sunsets of Arizona, the girl in the red sweater painting watercolors by a lake in Michigan who waved at…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • …when it sparkled beneath the lilies in the kaleidoscope of a happiness silent, restless, and alert, and towards evening, when it was filled like a distant heaven with the roseate dreams of the setting sun, incessantly changing and ever remaining in harmony, about the more permanent colour of the flowers themselves, with the utmost profundity, evanescence, and mystery—with a quiet suggestion of infinity; afternoon or evening, it seemed to have set them flowering in the heart of the sky.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Conversation is an evanescent relation,—no more.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Withers tells me it is a country of rainbows, both in the evanescent air and in the changeless stone.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Although this event failed not of a vivid effect upon my disordered imagination, yet was it evanescent as vivid.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • The girl, silk-stockinged, feathered, evanescent, but not to him particularly attractive (for he had had his fling), alighted.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • His breath an evanescent plume, he hurried toward it, splashing in hidden puddles, his toes curling down against the rising chill.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Fashionable ladies threw in their last season’s bonnets, together with heaps of ribbons, yellow lace, and much other half-worn milliner’s ware, all of which proved even more evanescent in the fire than it had been in the fashion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • It was a comrade bending over the house, strength and adventure in its roots, but in its utmost fingers tenderness, and the girth, that a dozen men could not have spanned, became in the end evanescent, till pale bud clusters seemed to float in the air.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • In these abandoned fields, and over these ruins of a day, the primeval forest soon scatters a fresh vegetation, the beasts resume the haunts which were once their own, and Nature covers the traces of man’s path with branches and with flowers, which obliterate his evanescent track.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Instinctively my palate now requires and anticipates sweetness and lightness, something sugared and evanescent; and cool wine, fitting glove-like over those finer nerves that seem to tremble from the roof of my mouth and make it spread (as I drink) into a domed cavern, green with vine leaves, musk-scented, purple with grapes.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Walking to the taffrail, I was in time to make out, on the very edge of a darkness thrown by a towering black mass like the very gateway of Erebus—yes, I was in time to catch an evanescent glimpse of my white hat left behind to mark the spot where the secret sharer of my cabin and of my thoughts, as though he were my second self, had lowered himself into the water to take his punishment: a free man, a proud swimmer striking out for a new destiny.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • And who to say if it wasn’t maybe the possibility of incest, because who (without a sister: I don’t know about the others) has been in love and not discovered the vain evanescence of the fleshly encounter; who has not had to realise that when the brief all is done you must retreat from both love and pleasure, gather up your own rubbish and refuse—the hats and pants and shoes which you drag through the world—and retreat since the gods condone and practise these and the dreamy…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The ostent evanescent, The substance of an artist’s mood or savan’s studies long, Or warrior’s, martyr’s, hero’s toils, To fashion his eidolon.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • …each and every suitor;
    not a soul escapes his death and doom."
    "Ah my friend," seasoned Penelope dissented,
    "dreams are hard to unravel, wayward, drifting things—
    not all we glimpse in them will come to pass ….
    Two gates there are for our evanescent dreams,
    one is made of ivory, the other made of horn.
    Those that pass through the ivory cleanly carved
    are will-o’-the-wisps, their message bears no fruit.
    The dreams that pass through the gates of polished horn
    are fraught with…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • All was unstable; quivering as leaves, evanescent as lightning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • So I will owe to my friends this evanescent intercourse.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honour, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of solving.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’I was mortal b you,’ she said, and when I lifted my eyes I saw he smiling; but the softness on her lips was evanescent and in a moment she was looking past me like some one listening for faint, important music.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • There was a brief smile on his lips, an evanescent flush of pleasure.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
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