Selected Quotes about Impermanence

Oh, this is the joy of the rose: / That it blows, / And goes. -- Willa Cather

In laying hands upon the sacred ark of absolute permanency, in treating the forms that had been regarded as types of fixity and perfection as originating and passing away, the Origin of Species introduced a mode of thinking that in the end was bound to transform the logic of knowledge, and hence the treatment of morals, politics, and religion. -- Emily Dickinson

It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to it all. -- Heinrich Heine

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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