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Quotes About Impermanence

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Robert Frost
“Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”
Robert Frost

Paulo Coelho
“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”
Paulo Coelho

Elizabeth Gilbert
“It all goes away. Eventually, everything goes away.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Heraclitus
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
Heraclitus

Alan W. Watts
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Alan W. Watts

Rabindranath Tagore
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Nicholas Sparks
“...nothing wonderful lasted forever. Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out at any moment.”
Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven

David Foster Wallace
“Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.”
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Heraclitus
“Nothing endures but change.”
Heraclitus

Kabir
“Many have died; you also will die. The drum of death is being beaten. The world has fallen in love with a dream. Only sayings of the wise will remain.”
Kabir, The Bijak of Kabir

Richard Paul Evans
“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”
Richard Paul Evans, The Gift

Masashi Kishimoto
“All things that have form eventually decay." -Orochimaru”
Masashi Kishimoto

Abraham Lincoln
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, "And this too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”
Abraham Lincoln

W. Somerset Maugham
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
W. Somerset Maugham

Sam Savage
“I always think everything is going to last forever, but nothing ever does. In fact nothing exists longer than an instant except the thing that we hold in memory”
Sam Savage, Firmin

Vladimir Nabokov
“A thousand years ago five minutes were
Equal to forty ounces of fine sand.
Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and
Infinite aftertime: above your head
They close like giant wings, and you are dead.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Josh Lanyon
“Vintage books, old china, antiques; maybe I love old things so much because I feel impermanent myself.”
Josh Lanyon, Fatal Shadows

Jodi Picoult
“Love has all the lasting permanence of a rainbow — beautiful while it’s there, and just as likely to have disappeared by the time you blink.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Steve Maraboli
“Do not compromise yourself and put your goodness in the same impermanent category as whatever circumstance happening. Be the best you in every circumstance.”
Steve Maraboli

Steve Maraboli
“When you truly embrace your human impermanence you connect with the power you have, and influence you have, over the time you have.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

فرید الدین عطار
“I have no news
of my coming
or passing away--
the whole thing
happened quicker
than a breath;
ask no questions
of the moth.”
فرید الدین عطار

“In that inevitable, excruciatingly human moment, we are offered a powerful choice. This choice is perhaps one of the most vitally important choices we will ever make, and it determines the course of our lives from that moment forward. The choice is this: Will we interpret this loss as so unjust, unfair, and devastating that we feel punished, angry, forever and fatally wounded-- or, as our heart, torn apart, bleeds its anguish of sheer, wordless grief, will we somehow feel this loss as an opportunity to become more tender, more open, more passionately alive, more grateful for what remains?”
Wayne Muller, A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

Gregory Maguire
“Perhaps family itself, like beauty, is temporary, and no discredit need attach to impermanence.”
Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men

Stephen Levine
“That which is impermanent attracts compassion. That which is not provides wisdom. (116)”
Stephen Levine, A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as If It Were Your Last

Tao Lin
“that was bad; i shouldn't have done that

to prevent you from entering a catatonic state
i am going to maintain a calm facial expression
with crinkly eyes and an overall friendly demeanor
i believe in a human being that is not upset
i believe if you are working i should not be insane
or upset--why am i ever insane or upset and not working?
i vacuumed the entire house this morning
i cleaned the kitchen and the computer room
and i made you a meat helmet with computer paper
the opportunity for change exists in each moment, all moments are alone
and separate from other moments, and there are a limited number of moments
and the idea of change is a delusion of positive or negative thinking
your hands are covering your face
and your body moves like a statue
when i try to manipulate an appendage
if i could just get you to cry tears of joy one more time”
Tao Lin, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Olaf Stapledon
“All this long human story, most passionate and tragic in the living, was but an unimportant, a seemingly barren and negligible effort, lasting only for a few moments in the life of the galaxy. When it was over, the host of the planetary systems still lived on, with here and there a casualty, and here and there among the stars a new planetary birth, and here and there a fresh disaster.”
Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker

“We rise to meet each day because there will come a time when the day will rise without us”
Chris Matakas

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

“If nothing lasts then everything has meaning. If everything dies that means we actually live.”
Chris Matakas

Thanhha Lai
“I tell you of loss, my child, so you will listen, slowly, and know that in life every emotion is fated to rear itself within your being. Don't judge it proper or ugly. It's simply there and yours. When you should happen to cry, then cry, knowing that just as easily you will laugh again and cry again. Your feelings will enter the currents of your core and there they shall remain”
Thanhha Lai

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