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  • Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence--neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish--it is an imponderably valuable gift.
    * Maya Angelou


  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
    * Natalie Clifford Barney


  • There was no "before" the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.
    * John D. Barrow


  • We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
    * Charles Baudelaire


  • To everything 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 up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
    * Bible -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


  • 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


  • The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it.
    * Thomas Carlyle


  • I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves.
    * Lord Chesterfield


  • Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
    * Charles Dickens


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


  • The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
    * Benjamin Franklin


  • City people try to buy time as a rule, when they can, whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind's eye the notion of a better life ahead.
    * Edward Hoagland


  • O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks,
    Or make the sun forget his motion!
    * Ben Jonson


  • 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.
    * Thomas Mann


  • But at my back I always hear
    Time's winged chariot hurrying near.
    * Andrew Marvell


  • There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
    * Napoleon I


  • In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life.
    * Marcel Proust


  • Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
    * Bertrand Russell


  • Come what come may,
    Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
    * William Shakespeare


  • The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
    * William Shakespeare


  • The butterfly counts not months but moments,
    and has time enough.
    * Rabindranath Tagore


  • We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.
    * Tom Wolfe