Quotation Explorer - 'Instant'

...prose unfolds in time; and time contains both obstacles and revelations. Prose develops, the way characters and situations do. It requires a flow. A poem is an instant, lightning across the sky. Prose is before the storm, the storm, after the storm. - Molly Peacock
For flavor, instant sex will never supercede the stuff you have to peel and cook. - Quentin Crisp
Then his head tipped down on his chest and he fell into the instant sleep of the ancient and the very young. - Louise Erdrich
Death is never more than an instant nor less than an eternity away. - Marty Rubin
Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity. All things are petty, easily changed, and vanishing away.
When a man plays a woman in a dress, you're halfway there. It's inherently funny. When a woman plays a man, for whatever reason, it's not that instant kind of funny. - Tina Fey
I sailed up to the cold stars but they were cold no longer, and I grew bigger and bigger until I was the stars and they were me, and I was Union, and for a single solitary glittering instant I was the universe. - George R.R. Martin
Le citoyen doit-il un seul instant, dans quelque mesure que ce soit, abandonner sa conscience au législateur ?(LA DÉSOBÉISSANCE CIVILE) - Henry David Thoreau
Each instant brought them, more momentous than the explosion of Krakatoa. It was only that no one noticed. We are to accustomed to the absurdity of existence. The loss of a universe is not worth taking seriously. - Yukio Mishima
The things we earnestly chased like they are inevitable; now we see them and pass by....that's what i call GROWTH. Some will take 20 yrs to know this growth but those that feed on the Word have instant growth and prosperity. God be praised - Kingsley ofosu-Ampong
I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time. - Steven Wright
Laughter is an instant vacation. - Milton Berle
The instant is not in time -- time is in the instant. - John Barbour
A radical shift in attitude happens in small steps. It’s a transformation. A butterfly does a lot of walking and eating and growing before it finally forms a chrysalis and emerges with wings. It’s not an instant transformation. - Rohvannyn Shaw
God may not give that instant dollar bill your seeking, but it's in the little change He brings, that will add to a dollar. - Anthony Liccione
Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant. - Anthony Robbins
Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. - Benjamin Disraeli
Politics are not a science based on logic; they are the capacity of always choosing at each instant, in constantly changing situations, the least harmful, the most useful. - Otto von Bismarck
Embracing each instant creates enthusiasm and joy towards your life. Each moment is new, exciting, and fresh when you accept instead of judge and deny. Your whole life is transformed into celebrated moments. - Janice Anderson
You can know an animal - or a person, for that matter - in an instant, really, though your understanding can go on unfolding for years. - Mark Doty
He had let me know time after time that he was a thinking man, a man of intellect and wit. Yet one unintended hungry look into my eyes and he betrayed each of his words he had carefully spoken to me. I knew it in that instant. He was a viscerally driven man. And one day, he would possess me. - Coco J. Ginger
We are not strong enough to stand up against endless grief, And yet pain is the constant drone of life. So if we are to have any happiness at all, it is only in the passing instant. - Charles Frazier
Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. - Albert Schweitzer
He honestly believed, for an instant, that what he'd heard was music-a tune piped, a burble of notes, a little scrap of melody floating by on wind and breaking his heart. - Anne Tyler
I have never known the mind of a wolf hunting a deer, but I imagine it must feel a little like this: the twisted excitement of seeing the weak and wounded cowering before you, the knowledge that, in this instant, you have the power to end its life or grant it mercy. In this moment, I am a god. - Marie Lu
If circumstances are always the rulers, the shallow existence of instant gratification will keep us as mere spectators of our lives. Get up! Clarify! Get in the game and live! - Claudia Simon
Something about her was different that day. In an instant, she swallowed her regrets, choked back her past, and swore to make history every damn day. There I stood, struggling to make sense of the strength of a woman. - J. Raymond
One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime. - Elisabeth Elliot
If the fate of the universe was decided in a single moment at the instant of the Big Bang , that was the most creative moment of all. - Deepak Chopra
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
Cater to your customers’ lifestyles. It will create instant rapport and a lasting sense of I belong here. - Marilyn Suttle
Evil ethicists are the holocaust of humanity; if philosophy can be the instant sunlight to their endless vampirism, it will save more lives than all the doctors who have ever lived. - Stefan Molyneux
Busy with the ugliness of the expensive success We forget the easiness of free beautyLying sad right around the corner, Only an instant removed, Unnoticed and squandered. - Dejan Stojanovic
Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality. - Alan W. Watts
Falling in love for the first time is like an instant realization of just how old your soul is. - Jennifer Elisabeth
Strength has the power to make you successful in years.Knowledge has the power to make you successful in months.Intelligence has the power to make you successful in weeks.Understanding has the power to make you successful in days.Wisdom has the power to make you successful in an instant. - Matshona Dhliwayo
My continued respect is only given to those who have proven worthy of it. My respect for another person can be revoked in an instant if warranted and never to be regained again. Tread carefully. - Cindy Welch
Instant gratification is not soon enough. - Meryl Streep
In that instant he learned what jealousy was. He wanted to know the name of every other man she had ever looked at, whether they had touched her- and most especially where to find these men so that he could kill them.
You know the great thing though? It's that change can be so constant that you don't even feel a difference until there is one. It can be so slow that you don't know that you life is better or worse until it is. Or it can blow you away--make you better in an instant.
Exercise is not an instant cure, but you need to get your brain working again, and if you move your body your brain won't have any choice. - John J. Ratey
Quelque chose brûle en moi. J’attends et je n'attends pas. C’est peut-être dans cette rupture, dans cet instant, entre les deux pulsions, l’une qui va vers l’infini du oui, l’autre vers l’infini du non, qu’est le lieu de la vie. - Jean-Marie G. Le Clézio
When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy. - Bashō Matsuo
That said, the question remains: how to strike the balance between free speech and mutual respect in this mixed-up world, both blessed and cursed with instant communication? We should not fight fire with fire, threats with threats. - Timothy Garton Ash
He judged the instant and let go; he flung himself loose into the stars. - Annie Dillard
Following intuition allows decision and action to be made in the same instant. - Maria Erving
Develop an affirmation today, and start getting instant confirmation in all works of like. - Richmond Akhigbe
Prayer is the key that opens heaven; the favors we ask descend upon us the very instant our prayers ascend to God. - Augustine of Hippo
Time is powerless. An instant could be enough for us and eternity could be too short. We, and only we, decide what time is for us. - Rom Amor
Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replay in sports. They've already forgotten what's happened. - Rita Rudner
Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
And at the instant he knew, he ceased to know. - Jack London
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young? - Paul Sweeney
Our task and challenge as human beings is to appreciate, in the same instant, both the infinite significance and absolute insignificance of life. - Eric Micha'el Leventhal
Instant gratification takes too long. - Carrie Fisher
One minute you've got a lucky star watching over you and the next instant it's done a bunk. - Salman Rushdie
The instant that any government obtains a monetary printing press, it becomes a deeply dishonest government, empowered to rob people by stealth. A government with the power to print money knows no limits. - Jeffrey Tucker
Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond. - Jeffrey T. Borenstein
The instant you take the lead in the tug-of-war with your ego, enlightenment becomes your state of being. - Pooja Ruprell
I care not that this moment’s lot was thin and sparsely dealt; all pleasures sweet can be forgot the instant they are felt. - Roman Payne
Reality is myself, reality is only the perception of this instant and it can't be related to another person. - Gao Xingjian
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
Toni's Talk: When you invest in yourself, you have instant credibility with your biggest critic...you! As soon as you let doubt creep in---you lose that investment. Make a daily commitment to assess your worth with positive affirmations and watch your investment grow. - C.Toni Graham
Throw out an alarming alarm clock. If the ring is loud and strident, you're waking up to instant stress. You shouldn't be bullied out of bed, just reminded that it's time to start your day. - Sharon Gold
The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. - Thomas Paine
There is probably no more terrible instant of enlightenment than the one in which you discover your father is a man--with human flesh. - Frank Herbert
Strike a glass and it will not endure an instant. Simply do not strike it and it will endure a thousand years. - G.K. Chesterton
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