Temporary Sayings and Quotes

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

We are only the temporary custodians of the particles which we are made of. They will go on to lead a future existence in the enormous universe that made them     

Stephen Hawking

What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.     

Rick Warren

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.     

Marilyn vos Savant

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.     

Napoleon Hill

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.     

Denis Waitley

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.     

Mahatma Gandhi

One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs.     

Josh Billings

Happiness is just an illusion caused by the temporary absence of reality.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is a temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder.     

Ambrose Bierce

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.     

Benjamin Franklin

Afflictive emotions - our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear - can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned.     

Dalai Lama

There's not a single thing on offer in this all-too-temporary world for which you should ever sell your soul.     

Alan Keyes

Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character.     

Vince Gill

We have all encountered some failures in our life, but some people became failures because they perceived theirs to be permanent.     

Edmond Mbiaka

Temporary extreme fear while saying the truth is easy to overcome than the perpetual fear of the unspoken truth.     

Amit Kalantari

The real question is why are millions of people so unhappy, so bored, so unfulfilled, that they are willing to drink, snort, inject or inhale any substance that might blot out reality and give them a bit of temporary relief.     

Ann Landers

The temporary good is enemy to the permanent best.      

Bill Wilson

How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement - no matter how temporary.     

Craig Thompson

Being temporary doesn't make something matter any less, because the point isn't for how long, the point is that it happened.     

Robyn Schneider

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.     

Jeri Smith-Ready

Temporary release from work, through vacations, becomes more welcome, more pleasurable, even more necessary, as we grow older.     

B.C. Forbes

Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.     

Germaine Greer

Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.     

William Arthur Ward

Temporary madness may be necessary in some cases, to cleanse and renovate the mind; just as a fit of illness is to carry off the humours of the body.     

Augustus Hare

Everything is temporary. Well, except government programs.     

Brooke Bida

Follow the dreams that your heart visualizes, as what you actually see is just an illusion of temporary contentment.     


Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary.     

Nicholas Sparks

The first panacea for a misguided nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.      

Ernest Hemingway

All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses.     

Siddhartha Gautama