Fugitive Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fugitive quotes, fugitive sayings, and fugitive proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The past not merely is not fugitive, it remains present.      

Marcel Proust

How fugitive and brief is mortal life between the budding and the falling leaf.     

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Happiness is fugitive; dissatisfaction and boredom are real.     

Jack Vance

There is no reality on this earth except religion and the power of love; all the rest is even more fugitive than life itself.      

Madame De Stael

There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.     

Eric Hoffer

Not even for an hour can you bear to be alone, nor can you advantageously apply your leisure time, but you endeavor, a fugitive and wanderer, to escape from yourself, now vainly seeking to banish remorse by wine, and now by sleep; but the gloomy companion presses on you, and pursues you as you fly.     


Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.     

Antonin Artaud

The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.     

Joan Rivers

Let us enjoy the fugitive hour. Man has no harbor, time has no shore; it rushes on, and carries us with it.     

Alphonse De Lamartine

Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition.     

Francis Bacon

We are all in a race for dear life: that is to say, we are fugitives from death.     

Theodor Reik

Passing beauties are only the fugitive reflections of the eternal.      

Eliphas Levi

Time was the arch fugitive, always on the run.     

Mahasweta Devi

Anytime there is an escapee, we consider that escapee to be dangerous. The adrenaline is flowing. He wants to get away.     

Larry Todd

The fugitive, brief, though intense satisfactions that come to the nerves through the appetite and passions are not the foundations of joy in this world: they come with a moment's flash, and are disastrous in their flight.     

Henry Ward Beecher

In youth alone, unhappy mortals live; But, ah! the mighty bliss is fugitive: Discolour'd sickness, anxious labour, come, And age, and death's inexorable doom.     


In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.     

T.S. Eliot

What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.      


One must always be prepared to switch sides with justice, that fugitive of the winning camp.     

Simone Weil

Thought is fugitive; the mind does not repeat itself; if you do not catch the whisperings of the oracle as they come to you, they are lost forever. You must-and this is absolutely essential-convince yourselves that what is offered you this very moment will never be offered again.     

Jean Guitton

Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable.     

Charles Baudelaire

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.     

John Milton

People who travel are always fugitives.     

Daphne du Maurier

I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.     

Howard Zinn

Poetry is one of the most fugitive arts: it can be assigned to memory, taken and hidden in the mind, smuggled into smoky cabin back rooms, recited there and then conveyed only by speech to another person. It is therefore the most likely to survive colonization.     

Eavan Boland

Memory, with its fugitive adjustments, is the merciful veil to the grim enactments of the first law. It hides the anguish in the human heart which is always craving for perpetuity.     

Stacy Aumonier

We also have a tendency to root for the fugitive. We're always on the side of the animal being chased.     

Norman Jewison