"Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream."
-- from Diamond Sutra, ca. fourth century CE
Epigraph from Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History by David Christian. Sutra translated by Kenneth Saunders in The Wisdom of Buddhism, ed. Christmas Humphries, p. 122.