Quotes on Time
An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.
Bonnie Friedman, in New York Times
Calendars are for careful people, not passionate ones.
Chuck, The World According to Chuck weblog, September 8, 2003
Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
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, 'A Woman of Independent Means'
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 (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park
Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
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 (1917 - 1963)
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
There is never enough time, unless you're serving it.
Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990)
Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through
the course of hours.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
So little time and so little to do.
Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)
Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Rodin (1840 - 1917)
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
People find life entirely too time-consuming.
Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts"
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
Theophrastus (300 BC - 287 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Moon and Sixpence
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have
rushed through life trying to save.
Will Rogers (1879 - 1935), New York TImes, Apr. 29, 1930
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is
Lost time is never found again.
Time hasn't stopped for any troubles, heartaches, or any other malfunctions
of this world, so please don't tell me it will stop for you.
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
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.
It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a
beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It
is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the
dream before the awakening.
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.
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm 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 off pistols.
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But, it is,
perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Time is like a drug. It kills you if you have too much of it.
Terry Pratchet, "Small Gods", In History
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.
Henry Van Dyke, In Love
Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time
bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others
in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.
Stephen King, "The Green Mile", In Loneliness
Time has convinced me of one thing: Television is for appearing on--not for
Noel Coward, In TV Shows
Time: that which man is always trying to kill, ends in killing him
Herbert Spencer, In Philosophy
Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We
make extraordinary efforts to delay it and often consider its intrusion a tragic
event. Yet we'd find it hard to live without it. Death gives meaning to our
lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if
there were too much of it. If death were indefinitely put off, the human psyche
would end up, well, like the gambler in the "Twilight Zone" episode.
Ray Kurzweil, In Death
Remember: Matter: how tiny your share of it. Time: how brief and fleeting
your allotment of it. Fate: how small a role you play in it.
Marcus Aurelius, In Humanity
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