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Quotations on Transition
Every thing teaches transition, transference, metamorphosis:
therein is human power, in transference, not in creation;
and therein is human destiny, not in longevity but in removal.
We dive and reappear in new places.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dividing Line
There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected.
Joseph Addison
Dividing Line
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside
the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anaïs NinDividing Line
"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."
"You mean to die?" asked Yellow.
"Yes and No," he answered.
"What looks like you will die, but what's really you will still live.
Life is changed, not taken away."
Trina PaulusDividing Line
In the medical sense now, 
birth is not the beginning but just a developmental transition.
Barbara YunckerDividing Line
There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death.
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowDividing Line
Nothing is terminal, just transitional.
Dr. Robert SchullerDividing Line
Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition.
Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.
Rainer Maria RilkeDividing Line
Beauty is the moment of transition,
as if the form were just ready to flow into other forms.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Other Quotes
The collected Quotes have been edited together in a healing sequence to take the reader from
loss, through transition, to healing. This sequence more elloquently conveys the underlying purpose of Transitional Medicine. The topics chosen—transition, transformation and surviving—depict the essence of the Transitional Medicine and represent three of emotions used in surviving a loss and emerging with a new life. Follow the links below for the specific quotation pages.

Autumn to winter, winter to spring,
Spring into summer, summer into fall.
So rolls the changing year, and so we change;
Motion so swift, we know not that we move.
Dinah Mulock Craik
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