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Definition of Transient


  1. Passing before the sight or perception, or, as it were, moving over or across a space or scene viewed, and then disappearing; hence, of short duration; not permanent; not lasting or durable; not stationary; passing; fleeting; brief; transitory; as, transient pleasure.
  2. Hasty; momentary; imperfect; brief; as, a transient view of a landscape.
  3. Staying for a short time; not regular or permanent; as, a transient guest; transient boarders.
  4. That which remains but for a brief time.

Transient Quotations

Owing to ignorance of the rope the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.
Guru Nanak

Photographers usually want to photograph facts and things. But I'm interested in the nature of the thing itself. A photograph of someone sleeping tells me nothing about their dream state; a photograph of a corpse tells me nothing about the nature of death. My work is about my life as an event, and I find myself to be very temporal, transient.
Duane Michals

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
Walter Savage Landor

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
Charles Baudelaire
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Transient Translations

transient in Spanish is perecedero
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