Quotation Explorer - 'Brief'

Do you mind telling me what you pray?""I pray for the wisdom to find meaning in the . . . her death."And have you?""No, Mrs. Aislabie, I find no meaning. But perhaps that's because I'm too small to see a plan so large I rarely get anything but a brief glimpse of it. - Katharine McMahon, The Alchemist's Daughter
Over the course of human history, many items have briefly flourished as means of exchange, only to be demonetarized. Now, we have demonetarized money. - Markham Shaw Pyle
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. - Vladimir Nabokov
One day, you muster the courage and let go of the fear. In a brief moment of insanity, you give wings to the stories you had wanted to tell; some you didn't even know were in you. In that instant, something about you changes. You are born again. - K.J. Kilton
Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. - Aristotle
The sonnet, a lyrical poem, the beauty and magic... convey with our hearts the truth of the universe in a single moment briefly. - R.M. Engelhardt
When faced with 2 choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air YOU SUDDENLY KNOW WHAT YOUR HOPING FOR. :) - wisdom quotes
My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed. - Christopher Morley
Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long. - Miguel de Cervantes
Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we're all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories. - Alan Kay
Order of things must happen in every brief moment - Jerril Thomas Abraham
When I take a break, even just a brief one, the creative energy flows in. Only then do I have anything of value to share with others. Once I recognized this, I stopped feeling guilty about taking time for myself. - Holly Mosier
When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away. - Anna Pavlova
Debriefing-style counseling after a trauma often aggravates a victim's stress-related symptoms, for example, and 4 in 10 bereaved people do better without grief therapy. - Winifred Gallagher
Sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn't all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Maybe it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity. - Henry Bromel
Although not a very old man, I have yet lived a great deal in my life, and I have known sorrow too bitter and joy too keen to allow me to become either cast down or elated for more than a very brief period over any success or defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt
Keep the first date brief, short, sweet and simple and they'll come back to you. - Auliq Ice
PROPERTY, n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for possession in one and disappoints it in all others. The object of man's brief rapacity and long indifference. - Ambrose Bierce
Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal. - Elizabeth Aston
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. - William Shakespeare
A complying memory has obliterated many of them and edited my childhood down to a brief cinematic blur. - V.S. Naipaul
A novel is just a story that hasn't yet discovered a way to be brief. - George Saunders
I have been waiting for many lifetimes to recognize that I am worthy and in one brief conversation I learned that I am simply because I was born. Worthiness is not earned, it is given as a result of birth. - Monika Zands
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. - Robert Southey
Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment. - Harlan Ellison
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. - George Bernard Shaw
In your travel, learn the brief history of the place visited. History is rich knowledge. - Lailah Gifty Akita
History is rich knowledge. In your travel, learn brief history of the place visited. - Lailah Gifty Akita
What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow.What are brief? today and tomorrow.What are frail? spring blossoms and youth.What are deep? the ocean and truth. - Christina Rossetti
the light too brief to finish any work —the woman seeks to amplify the dark - Leatha Kendrick
It is when we are confronted with...poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth. - Kathleen Basford
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken
The real you is not sad, angry, depressed, ashamed, hurt, bitter or lost. These things are not real. They feel real but they're not. As spiritual beings living a brief human existence, this is not who we are. We are beautiful, radiant, joyful and loving. - Sue Fitzmaurice
This worldthat was our homefor a brief spellnever brought us anythingbut pain and grief;its a shame that not one of our problemswas ever solved.We departwith a thousand regretsin our hearts. - Omar Khayyám
...Human beings, little bags of thinking water held up briefly by fragile accumulations of calcium... - Terry Pratchett
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief; - William Cullen Bryant
Los Angeles seems endlessly held between these extremes: of light and dark - of surface and depth. Of the promise, in brief, of a meaning always hovering on the edge of significance.
Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant. - Caecilius Statius
Anger is a brief madness. - Horace
We are always waiting for the perfect brief from the perfect client. It almost never happens [...] Whatever is on your desk right now, that's the one. Make it the best you possibly can. - Paul Arden
A story is not a thing. A story is an act. It only exists in the brief moment of its telling. The question you must ask is what a story has the power to do. The truth of something you do is very different from the truth of something you know. - Matthew J. Kirby
Be sincere; be brief; be seated. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
When in brief flashes of serendipity you glimpse what you were born to do... Do it. No matter what. Take steps toward it, even if they are depressingly small at first. With each inch closer to your central magic, you will feel it. It is unmistakable for anything else. It's called purpose. - Jacob Nordby
When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. - Cicero
A brief note on the legend of Pandora's Box: Ever wondered why bundled in with all the torrents, and suffering of man kind the Gods put hope down there at the bottom, answer because in certain circumstances hope can be the worst torment of them all. - Tom Holt
At our age, surely there are better things to sustain us, to sustain a marriage, than the brief flame of passion?" ..."You are mistaken, Ernest," she said at last. "There is only the passionate spark. Without it, two people living together may be lonelier than if they lived quite alone. - Helen Simonson
Pain whispersthrough silent wordsentombed in scarsshyly palpablein fleeting glimpsesbriefly allowed - Lady Bug
Choices are made in brief seconds and paid for in the time that remains. - Paolo Giordano
No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en; In brief, sir, study what you most affect. - William Shakespeare
Every new book we read in our brief and busy lives means that a classic is left unread. - B.R. Myers
Stories should be natural as apples, brief as lust, long as a thought. - Leonard Michaels
My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated, but not signed. - Christopher Morley
The one who lives solely with the many, solely with the best, lives only as briefly as that which he owns, passes his tests. The one living by his actions, and by his deeds, will live his full life owning the average, happily having them, filling his needs. - Fabian Gustafsson
Sometimes I briefly touch the life I want. My hand brushes the surface as I pass it by. - C M Meridian
That's why we make enemies of our friends as soon as they start to drift, he thought, cos that way they get stuck with all our flaws, unlike when they're shared. Maybe brief friendships are best. If you pul out in time, the vices are all theirs. - Yuri Herrera
Today, find a point of stillness: brief, but precious slight, but full small, but luminously real. Find a point stillness in the balance of all things between the breathing out and breathing in. - Na'ama Yehuda
When finally substantiated by scientific means, such a view will allow an individual to see his place in the world with greater clarity-- how he came from the world and how he may contribute to his fellows while he enjoys for a brief time the privilege of consciousness and communication. - Gerald Edelman
On the Brevity of Our TiesTies in this world last only for a time. We are husband and wife, parent and child, for a short period only. Once this reality sinks in, we cannot help treasuring each moment of our brief association. - Kentetsu Takamori
Sixty years is too brief a compass for man’s imagination. The incomplete joys of this world can never satisfy his heart. - Alexis de Tocqueville
As things are now going, the peace we will make, the peace we seem to be making, will be a peace of oil, a peace of gold, a peace of shipping, a peace, in brief... without moral purpose or human interest. - Archibald MacLeish
First of all, I wish you love, and that by loving you may also be loved.But if it’s not like that, be brief in forgettingAnd after you’ve forgotten, don’t keep anything. - Victor Hugo
It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure. - Horace
When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's [children's] minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Happy Endings are an illusion. Real life is filled with brief moments of fleeting happiness, but ultimately every life is a tragedy that ends in death and grief. - Oliver Gaspirtz
KINDNESS, n. A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction. - Ambrose Bierce
Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly. - Cicero
Our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. - Vladimir Nabokov
History is rich knowledge, In your travel, learn the brief history of the place visited. . - Lailah Gifty Akita
Maybe to have a memory you need time for reflection, however brief, just to let the memory find a place to settle. - Alex Garland
I thought upon the way in which we'd always shared each other's happiness, believing it would make the moment burn brighter and longer, but sadness can be shared too, perhaps sharing makes is burn briefer and less bright. - Tom Rob Smith
Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. (From 'Fukan zazengi') - Dōgen
We came from nothing, we'll leave with nothing; might as well make the most of the brief somethingness in between - M. James Airey
Whatever advice you give, be brief. - Horace
A mighty fortress is our God, and in Him we are safe for time and for eternity. Shall we murmur if we have less of time than we expected? The less of time, the more of heaven. The briefer life, earlier mortality. - Edith E. Searell
Looking back you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life and that person was you. It is not too late to become that person again. - Robert Brault
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that. - Mark Twain
Man is not the owner of mind but only a user. The nature owns mind, man hires only a small portion of it that too for a brief period. - Thiruman Archunan
The three most important parts a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money and his religious beliefs. - Samuel Butler
The days go by, through the brief silence of winter, when the sunshine is so still and pure, like iced wine, and the dead leaves gleam brown, and water sounds hoarse in the ravines. - D.H. Lawrence
The last of the cherry blossom. On the tree, itturns ever more perfect. And when it’s perfect, it falls. And then of course once it hits theground it gets all mushed up. So it’s only absolutely perfect when it’s falling through the air,this way and that, for the briefest time!.!.!. - David Mitchell
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