Usage examples for ephemeral

  1. The fact that Lowell did not collect them is a tribute to his modesty, a tribute all the more worthy in these days when some writers of ephemeral reviews on ephemeral books think it their duty to collect their opinions in book form. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  2. One other season, ephemeral but universal, do the babbling but truth- telling beaches record. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield
  3. There is another mischief, arising out of ephemeral literature, which was noticed by the same great author. – Colloquies on Society by Robert Southey
  4. The emperor had made a progress through Italy with a numerous suite and a pomp designed to produce an effect on the minds of the populace; but not only had Francis not interrupted his work to go and see him, he had enjoined upon his friars also to abstain from going, and had merely selected one of them to carry to the monarch a reminder of the ephemeral nature of worldly glory. – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  5. And all for the ephemeral reading of a day- of a forenoon, more likely- to be forgotten when the evening journals came out! – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  6. Consequently the coast was clear for George Butts, and he had his ephemeral hour; and then? – Leonore Stubbs by L. B. Walford
  7. Diard, seeing that the eldest, Juan, was in a way neglected, took him under his own protection; and without inquiring even of himself whether the boy was the fruit of that ephemeral love to which he owed his wife, he made him his Benjamin. – Juana by Honore de Balzac
  8. Mr. Watts, R. A., once told me that the paper was regarded with but little encouragement by the occupants of an omnibus in which he was riding, one gentleman, after looking gravely through its pages, tossing it aside with the remark, " One of those ephemeral things they bring out; won't last a fortnight!" – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  9. The original flavour has gone from many of them, like the scent from dried flowers, with the dispute or ephemeral motive that gave rise to them; but a new flavour from that very fact has taken the place of the old, of the same sort that attaches to the relics of extinct religions or of bygone forms of life. – Books Condemned to be Burnt by James Anson Farrer
  10. Yet I regard private schools, which do the work usually done in public schools, as temporary, their necessity as ephemeral, and I think that under a proper public sentiment they will soon pass away. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  11. The horses had not been well off for either grass or water at starting, and they were mostly footsore; but in the best of cases, and under the most favourable start from a water, the ephemeral thread of a horse's life may be snapped in a moment, in the height of an Australian summer, in such a region as this, where that detestable vegetation, the triodia, and high and rolling sandhills exist for such enormous distances. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  12. But accidents are not absolutely ephemeral, nor is substance absolutely permanent: were an accident to exist for ever it would not cease to be an accident, nor would a substance be any less a substance were it created and then instantaneously annihilated. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  13. Then the road becomes solitary, and ephemeral humanity is left behind. – A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees by Edwin Asa Dix
  14. And he designed covers for ephemeral magazines,- in a word, nimbly snatched the scanty dollars of Art. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  15. How pallid, how ephemeral is all else beside that one bewitching form! – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  16. Gorgeous and ephemeral hangs the Maiden’ s Blush. – Minstrel Weather by Marian Storm
  17. An ephemeral monument; but as long as it stood its effect was delightfully classic and beautiful. – Toronto of Old by Henry Scadding
  18. The exchange of notes on the subject is not worth appending, as it expresses an ephemeral phase of diplomacy and not any essential principle of international law. – The New Germany by George Young
  19. It made what had hitherto seemed the big worth- while things of life look so small and petty, so ephemeral! – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. Do not many of these clergy ignore the vast difference between the ephemeral nature of moral compulsion and the enduring force of a real moral training? – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett