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Her moments of happiness were few and fleeting.
  lasting a short time
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  • Her moments of happiness were few and fleeting.
  • Youth is fleeting.
  • She is all but forgotten today, but there was a time when she was fleetingly famous.
  • Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset.
    Ann Landers

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  • It must be a unanimous choice of the Committee. They can have no doubts, however fleeting. If, during the process, an Elder reports a dream of uncertainty, that dream has the power to set a candidate aside instantly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Because every bit of it, every last bit of it, is fleeting.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Exhaling a deep breath, he relaxed into his pillow, his razor-edged nerves settling down from that fleeting moment of terror.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • The Changing, the dreams he’d had since, fleeting glimpses here and there, like quick lightning strikes in his mind.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She gave me a fleeting frown.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Mark has the fleeting thought that they should try to help them, reach for their hands.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • It reminds me of Oregon, where the rain falls endlessly, and even on the hottest of summer days, blooming white cumulus clouds float above, their shadows reminding you that summer’s heat is fleeting, and the rain’s never far off.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • She whips the hose back and forth, laughing as he chases it, the fleeting, uncatchable colors, shimmering splinters of the golden light.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • We raced around a corner—my fleeting fear of heights now apparently gone—and were confronted by a smooth wall of rock, fifty feet high at least.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My attempt to act normal was not helped by the fact that every little noise or fleeting movement made me jump.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • I took no weapons of any kind, although there were times when I regretted this omission, even if only fleetingly.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Their warmth is fleeting, like a winter sun passing through clouds, and what I have left is the nervous heat of my retorts.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Wells felt a fleeting urge to touch his father’s arm, but something other than the handcuffs shackling his wrists kept him from reaching across the desk.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Sometimes they are small and fleeting—my grandmother holding a glass of water and opening her mouth to say something—but I never know the words because the image vanishes as quickly as it came.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I felt a fleeting gratitude that it wasn’t just me he looked at like that.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • For a moment — a fleeting moment — Kate looked desperately sad.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • A rosy-cheeked boy on the second step, with one fleeting motion, captured a fly and held it imprisoned against his knees.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Once, true, he had been a titan, but now, now What happens here that you arent going to read is the six-page soliloquy from Inigo in which Morgenstern, through Inigo, reflects on the anguish of fleeting glory.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • But the satisfaction was fleeting.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I had never seen him look more desolately alone, and for a fleeting second I felt almost sorry for him.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • In my mind, I envisioned Junior’s head exploding as I beat him with the stick and relived the fleeting feeling of satisfaction the fantasy had given me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It was there in the rhythms of the long nights and the fleeting days.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Even in just a few fleeting seconds on my TV screen, I can see that.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • My mam’s chapped lips and fleeting smile, the melancholy that filled our home in Kinvara and traveled with us across the ocean to take up permanent residence in the dim corners of our tenement apartment in New York.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Nothing moved but himself, his shadow, and his fleeting reflection in shop windows he passed.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • The breath of the boys pulses out before them in a collective fleeting cloud that is stripped away quickly by the wind.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Just like earlier, the touch is as fleeting and cool as wind.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The warning was fleeting, banished to the back corners of my mind, where it wouldn’t interrupt how good it felt to touch him—how right.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I suddenly worried whether I was properly clothed, and had a fleeting notion that I should be wearing a hat.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I have a fleeting image of Grace once more, disappearing into her house through ’the front door, in her skirt with the straps, her pilly sweater.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • For a fleeting moment, the glassy stupor in his eyes disappeared, something twisted and sinister eclipsing it.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The wolf grunted as my knee drove into its side, pinning it, however fleetingly, against the wall.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Fleeting grimace—gone almost the moment I saw it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My hands dart in and out, always in fleeting touches.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • "Night’s fleeting, go quickly.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The image is fleeting, and it could be my imagination, not a memory.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Enrique realizes that the friendships will be fleeting.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • All he could conjure up were fleeting notions: He couldn’t stand up.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • For a fleeting moment Isabelle looked uncomfortable.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • His fingers brushed her cheeks where the scratches were almost healed, and ran fleetingly across her lips.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • He felt the slightest hint of peace, as fleeting as it was, and tried to enjoy it for however long it might last.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Already the joy is fleeting.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • An awkwardness treated itself to the room, and Liesel took a final, fleeting glance at the walls of books.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • For a fleeting moment they become fashionable and I get a major award.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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