Impermanence Quotes

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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

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

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

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 Wilson Watts

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

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

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

Heraclitus
“Nothing endures but change.”
Heraclitus

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zeena Schreck
“Nostalgia is an illness
for those who haven't realized
that today
is tomorrow's nostalgia.”
Zeena Schreck

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

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

Zeena Schreck
“Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.”
Zeena Schreck

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

عطار نیشابوری
“I have no news
of my coming
or passing away--
the whole thing
happened quicker
than a breath;
ask no questions
of the moth.”
Farid al-Din Attar (عطار)

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

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

Izumi Shikibu
“The one close to me now,
even my own body-
these too
will soon become clouds,
floating in different directions.”
Izumi Shikibu, The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan

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

“Detachment is not giving up the things in this world, but accepting the fact and to be continuously aware that nothing is permanent.”
Aditya Ajmera

Huang Po
“Consider the sunlight. You may see it is near, yet if you follow it from world to world you will never catch it in your hands. Then you may describe it as far away and, lo, you will see it just before your eyes. Follow it and, behold, it escapes you; run from it and it follows you close. You can neither possess it nor have done with it. From this example you can understand how it is with the true Nature of all things and, henceforth, there will be no need to grieve or to worry about such things.”
Huang Po, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind

“Eventually everything appears to disappear from the life. That's it.”
Aditya Ajmera

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