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quotations about time



Well, time wounds all heels.
- - - Jane Ace

Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight,
Make me a child again, just for tonight.
- - - Elizabeth Chase Akers "Rock Me to Sleep"

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
- - - Woody Allen

Every Day Will be Sunday
A young fellow who did not much enjoy working, did do some work
figuring out that eventually every day will be Sunday.
Every year has 365 days.
If you sleep eight hours a day it equals 122 days.
This leaves 243 days.
If you rest eight hours a day it equals another 122 days.
This leaves 121 days.
There are 52 Sundays, thus leaving 69 days.
If you have a half-day on Saturday, this equals 26 days, and leaves 43 days.
If you have 1 1/2 hour for lunch every work day, this equals 28 days,
leaving 15 days.
Two weeks vacation equals 14 days.
This leaves only one day.
And on Labor Day nobody works.
- - - Anonymous

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried over no balance from day to day, and allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening canceled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent of course!
Well, you do have such a bank, and it's name is "time." Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
If you fail to use the day's deposits the loss is yours.
- - - Anonymous

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 Antoninus

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.
- - - Sir Francis Bacon

Better late than before anybody has invited you.
- - - Ambrose Bierce

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
- - - Hector Berlioz

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven;
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck that which is planted.
- - - Bible - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
- - - Margaret Bonnano

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 Louis Borges

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
- - - Dion Boucicault

Oh Time! the beautifier of the dead, adorer of the ruin, comforter and only healer when the heart hath bled... Time, the avenger!
- - - Lord Byron

One life - a little gleam of Time between two Eternities.
- - - Thomas Carlyle

Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
- - - Lord Chesterfield

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.
- - - Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
- - - Charles Dickens "A Tale of Two Cities"

Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go.
- - - Austin Dobson

For the times they are a-changin'.
- - - Bob Dylan "The Times They Are a-Changin''

Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.
- - - William Faulkner

Whether we wake or we sleep,
Whether we carol or weep,
The Sun with his Planets in chime,
Marketh the going of Time.
- - -Edward FitzGerald "Chronomoros"

Lost time is never found again.
- - - Benjamin Franklin

If something anticipated arrives too late it finds us numb, wrung out from waiting, and we feel - nothing at all. The best things arrive on time.
- - - Dorothy Gilman "A New Kind of Country"

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
- - - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Since time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.
- - - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
- - - Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Marble Faun"

I didn't mean to take up all your sweet time...
I'll give it right back to you, one of these days
- - - Jimi Hendrix

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Times is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
- - - Robert Herrick "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.
- - - Homer (~700 BC)

You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss,
A sigh is just a sigh;
The fundamental things apply,
As time goes by.
- - - Herman Hupfeld "As Time Goes By"

He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and must schedule his time as though he were about to die.
- - - Émile Littré

What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries -- these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul.
- - - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 is the thief you cannot banish.
- - - Phyllis McGinley

Nothing cures like time and love.
- - - Laura Nyro

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.
- - - Thomas Paine "'The American Crisis"

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking.
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older.
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
- - - Pink Floyd "Time"

Time it was
and what a time it was
it was...
a time of innocence
a time confidences
long ago it must be
I have a photograph
preserve your memories
its all that's left you.
- - - Paul Simon / Art Garfunkel

Livin' high, living fine
Livin' high on borrowed time
- - - Styx "Borrowed Time"

Ever eating, never cloying,
All-devouring, all-destroying,
Never finding full repast,
Till I eat the world at last.
- - - Jonathan Swift "Time"

For the crown of our life as it closes
Is darkness, the fruit there of dust;
No thorns go as deep as the rose's,
And love is more cruel than lust.
Time turns the old days to derision,
Our loves into corpses or wives;
And marriage and death and division
Make barren our lives.
- - - Algernon Charles Swinburne "Dolores" (1866)

At the door of life by the gate of breath,
There are worse things waiting for men than death.
- - - Algernon Charles Swinburne "The Triumph of Time"

The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience.
- - - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy "War and Peace"

Am I going down
To where there's no return
How long can I go on
Listening to my fears
I'm so tired of living
On borrowed time
- - - Trouble "Borrowed Time"

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 live, time is eternity; hours fly, flowers die, new days, new ways pass by, Love stays.
- - - Henry Van Dyke

Time is man's angel.
- - - Johann Friedrich von Schiller

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing uis for its inevitably fatal operation.
- - - Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo"

Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.
- - - William Wordsworth "To a Butterfly"

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