Usage examples for transcend

  1. Having done this, he turned back, after praying to the gods that no conqueror might ever transcend this, the extreme limit of his conquests. – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Human beings cannot, of course, wholly transcend human nature; something subjective, if only the interest that determines the direction of our attention, must remain in all our thought. – Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell
  5. No human plummet has sounded the depths of a woman's devotion; no surveyor's chain will ever mark the limits of a woman's faithful, patient endurance; and only the wings of an archangel can transcend that pinnacle to which the sublime principle of self- sacrifice exalts a woman's soul. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  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. As the poet transcends thought for the sake of experience, the philosopher must transcend experience for the sake of thought. – The Approach to Philosophy by Ralph Barton Perry
  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. 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
  10. It is easy to imagine a deaf race or a blind race: it is not so easy to imagine a race more highly endowed with senses than our own; and yet the sense of smell in animals may give us some aid in thinking of powers of perception which transcend our own in particular directions. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  11. He vaguely wonders what his wife will do next; her manoeuvres quite transcend him. – George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians by T. Martin Wood
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The relations of man with Deity transcend and repel poetical treatment. – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  16. 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
  17. This conceded, all that can be claimed by those who administer the affairs of the nation, unless they transcend the constitutional limit, is conceded. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  18. We shall have gained a great step if we can approximate to the number of millions of years in which the average aqueous denudation going on upon the land would convey seaward a quantity of matter equal to the average volume of our continents, and this might give us a gauge of the minimum of volcanic force necessary to counteract such levelling power of running water; but to discover a relation between these great agencies and the rate at which species of organic beings vary, is at present wholly beyond the reach of our computation, though perhaps it may not prove eventually to transcend the powers of man. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  19. The coverlet has been thrown back upon the realization that the State has claims upon each citizen which transcend his individual fortunes- that individual prosperity, in fact, is entirely dependent upon the prosperity of the national whole. – Deep Furrows by Hopkins Moorhouse