Selected Quotes about Time

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. -- Douglas Adams

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. -- Marcus Aurelius

Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. -- Jane Austen

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. -- Richard Bach

Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. -- Jim Bishop

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. -- Jim Bishop

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. -- Jorge Luis Borges

A watch can only tell us how much time it is, how much time has passed, or how much time must still pass before something will occur. These statements are related not to time itself but only to its measurement or calculation. -- Medard Boss

... we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless. -- Paul Bowles

Time is just something that we assign. You know, past, present, it's just all arbitrary. Most Native Americans, they don't think of time as linear; in time, out of time, I never have enough time, circular time, the Stevens wheel. All moments are happening all the time. -- Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time. -- Robert Byrne

Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. -- Jane Welsh Carlyle

Time spent with cats is never wasted. -- Colette

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time. -- Mason Cooley

Time is not a line, but a series of now-points. -- Taisen Deshimaru

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. -- Emily Dickinson

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. -- Annie Dillard

Time is too slow for those who wait too swift for those who fear too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. Hours fly, flowers die, new days, new ways pass by, Love stays. -- Henry Van Dyke

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time. -- Meister Eckhart

If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum. -- Sir Arthur Eddington

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. -- Maria Edgeworth

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is never enough time, unless you're serving it. -- Malcolm Forbes

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of. -- Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. -- Benjamin Franklin

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. -- Bonnie Friedman

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. -- Max Frisch

Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing Gold can stay. -- Robert Frost

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. -- Kahlil Gibran

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. -- Baltasar Gracian

Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death. -- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

All my possessions for a moment of time. -- Elizabeth I

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. -- Jesse Jackson

Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. -- Norton Juster

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!' -- John F. Kennedy

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. -- John F. Kennedy

A single day is enough to make us a little larger. -- Paul Klee

People find life entirely too time-consuming. -- Stanislaw J. Lec

So little time and so little to do. -- Oscar Levant

There is a place where time stands still. ...illuminated by only the most feeble red light, for light is diminished to almost nothing at the center of time, its vibrations slowed to echoes in vast canyons, its intensity reduced to the faint glow of fireflies. -- Alan Lightman

If time flies when you're having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don't think you're having enough. -- Jef Mallett

No time like the present. -- Mrs. Manley

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. -- Horace Mann

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever. -- Horace Mann

Time has no division to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire pistols. -- Thomas Mann

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. -- Groucho Marx

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. -- W. Somerset Maugham

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it. -- W. Somerset Maugham

If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -- Thomas Paine

Time makes more converts than reason. -- Thomas Paine

Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock. -- Mary Parrish

By labor we can find food and water, but all of our labor will not find for us another hour. -- Kenneth Patton

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. -- Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it. -- Plutarch

One by one the sands are flowing, One by one the moments fall; Some are coming, some are going; Do not strive to grasp them all. -- Adelaide Proctor

What may be done at any time will be done at no time. -- Scottish Proverb

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. -- Chinese Proverb

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. -- Rodin

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. -- Auguste Rodin

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. -- Will Rogers

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. -- Will Rogers

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems -- but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible. -- Salman Rushdie

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -- Carl Sandburg

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. -- Carl Sandburg

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. -- George Bernard Shaw

Calendars are for careful people, not passionate ones. -- Chuck Sigars

Time: that which man is always trying to kill, ends in killing him. -- Herbert Spencer

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. -- Theophrastus

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. -- Henry David Thoreau

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. -- Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours. -- Mark Twain

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. -- Mark Twain

Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: Man waits not for time nor tide. -- Mark Twain

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. -- Paul Ambroise Valery

Time bears away all things, even the mind. -- Virgil

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. -- Andy Warhol

Events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation. -- Eudora Welty

Between too early and too late, there is never more than a moment. -- Franz Werfel

It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves. -- Thornton Wilder

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