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  • Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
  • The goal of this emergency organization is to keep a transitory problem from turning into one that is permanent.
  • Physical beauty is passing. A transitory possession.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • He was one of the few people who was acutely conscious of the transitoriness of life, and how necessary it was to make the most of it.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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  • This is why Plato finds it necessary to separate, for example, "horseness" from "horse" and say that horseness is real and fixed and true and unmoving, while the horse is a mere, unimportant, transitory phenomenon.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The church’s strength was its tradition, not its transience. The whole world was transitory.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Scientists have always ignored national boundaries, holding themselves above the transitory concerns of politics and even wars.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • His goodness must not be a partial and transitory act, but a constant
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • the human body as transitory and fragile and, by contrast, the soul as enduring.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • This part of my life, strange and transitory, was almost over.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride

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  • For a transitory moment, I think I detect a tiny crack of light in his eyes.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But I never considered it as other than a transitory life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • These feelings are transitory;
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • my dear and tender wife was forced to submit to the irresistible power of Death, leaving this transitory life for a better.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He had a transitory idea of jumping into the tram and slamming the doors,
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Many a night he vaguely and unhappily wandered there, when wine had brought no transitory gladness to him;
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent ... face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Fortunately, as regarded this circumstance at least, his painful past gave to his countenance an indelible sadness, and the glimmerings of gayety seen beneath this cloud were indeed but transitory.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I did not then know that it was no transitory blossom, but rather the radiant resemblance of one, cut in an indestructible gem.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I thought in a transitory way of the oddness of wells still existing, and then resumed the thread of my speculations.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • this is a kind of beauty even more transitory than most,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • So why should the transitory customs of one local culture affect the decision so much?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Greatness is a transitory experience.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • knights-errant look more to that future glory that is everlasting in the ethereal regions of heaven than to the vanity of the fame that is to be acquired in this present transitory life;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was evident that, for this energetic and enthusiastic nature, this could only be a transitory state, and that, at the first shock against the inevitable complications of destiny, Marius would awaken.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Of all things transitory and vain,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • there is a Yes—a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • In the hearts of his fellow islanders, though, weather of this sort overwhelmed absolutely everything.... Ishmael, a native, could not understand how such transitory and accidental occurrences gained the upper hand in their view of things.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The wind strummed soothingly against the cylindrical panes of his windows, and he relaxed exultantly only until they picked up speed again and then turned McWatt left and plunged him right back down, noticing with a transitory spasm of elation the mushrooming clusters of flak leaping open high above him and back over his shoulder to the right, exactly where he could have been if he had not turned left and dived.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had been startled into manhood and intellectual vigor; or, at least, into a condition that resembled them, though it might be both diseased and transitory.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Going out but seldom, and never on a marketday, they saw Donald Farfrae only at rarest intervals, and then mostly as a transitory object in the distance of the street.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The kitchen-maid was an abstract personality ... throughout the long series of transitory human shapes in which that personality was incarnate; for we never found the same girl there two years running.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Others are more… transitory.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Is it the individual of whom I had formerly—hum—some—ha—slight transitory knowledge, and to whom I believe you have referred?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The red creeper was quite a transitory growth, and few people have seen it growing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • How should he not know love, he, who has discovered all elements of human existence in their transitoriness,
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • To small children, though, the idea of praising God in a tent was confusing.... Would the gentle Jesus care to enter into that transitory setting?
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ...they had already caused a colossal disturbance, much more than that of the old gypsies, but less transitory and understandable.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • they appear without the mitigating circumstance of their transitory nature.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • All things transitory
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • ...their secular and transitory and violent lives.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • us transitory ones
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I should like to know what well-constituted mind, merely because it is transitory, dislikes roast beef?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Wasn’t it me who wanted everything to be transitory, anyway?
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • At first, as a student, I wanted freedom only for myself, the transitory freedoms of being able to stay out at night, read what I pleased, and go where I chose.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • He was moderately truthful towards men, but to women lied like a Cretan—a system of ethics above all others calculated to win popularity at the first flush of admission into lively society; and the possibility of the favour gained being transitory had reference only to the future.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle—with liberty the stake.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower  --  Military-Industrial Complex Speech
  • …to him, vaguely and dimly, something wrong in a social ritual which made necessary a cancelling of well-formed schemes involving years of thought and labour, of foregoing a man’s one opportunity of showing himself superior to the lower animals, and of contributing his units of work to the general progress of his generation, because of a momentary surprise by a new and transitory instinct which had nothing in it of the nature of vice, and could be only at the most called weakness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But those deities which are free from passion, mindful and conscious, bear it patiently, saying, ’Transitory are all things.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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