Usage examples for transcend

  1. It is easy enough to explain how John Smith courted his wife, and even how William Brown fought and died for his country, but it is inordinately difficult to give plausibility to the motives, feelings and processes of mind of a man whose salient character is that they transcend all ordinary experience. – A Book of Prefaces by H. L. Mencken
  2. And if one looks a little more closely into the nature of things it will become pretty plain, I think, that all that really matters and really exists is ineffable; that both the world without us- the tree and the brook and the hill- and the world within us do perpetually and necessarily transcend all our powers of utterance, whether to ourselves or to others. – Far Off Things by Arthur Machen
  3. This was to transcend the duty of a judge, which is to expound and not to legislate. – The Theory of Social Revolutions by Brooks Adams
  4. To my thinking they transcend in truth, which is the highest beauty, all other works of fiction that have been written, and I believe that they do this because they obey the law of the author's own life. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  5. By the time autumn returned, and the household was once more settled in town, he had grown aware that between Diane and himself there was an impalpable wall of separation, which he could no more pass than he could transcend the veil between material existence and the Unseen World. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  6. Nevertheless he knew the limitation of science, and he held that it was the noble office of poetry, philosophy, and religion combined to supplement and finally to transcend it. – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  7. We have here, indeed, a dramatic version of real history; and, since the original of an intensely tragic situation must always transcend a literary adaptation of it, the fiction necessarily suffers by comparison with the fact. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  8. And if one thinks of it, he who has mastered that little lesson has also mastered the larger lesson that literature is above logic, that there are matters in it which transcend plain common sense. – Far Off Things by Arthur Machen
  9. Into this reality we shall get back more and more completely, in proportion as we compel ourselves to transcend pure intelligence. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson