There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.
EUGENE O’NEILL, A Moon for the Misbegotten
To realize the unimportance of time is the gate to wisdom.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Mysticism and Logic
Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time! It’s abominable! When! When! One day, is that not enough for you, one day he went dumb, one day I went blind, one day we’ll go deaf, one day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?
SAMUEL BECKETT, Waiting for Godot
Time is money.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Advice to Young Tradesmen
Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold.
JOHN MILTON, On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity
Time brings all things to pass.
AESCHYLUS, The Libation Bearers
The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Conquest of Happiness
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard’s Almanac
- Like a petal in the wind
- Flows softly by
- As old lives are taken
- New ones begin
- A continual chain
- Which lasts throughout eternity
- Every life but a minute in time
- But each of equal importance
CINDY CHENEY, “Time”
Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings.
JOHN UPDIKE, A Month of Sundays
- Little drops of water, little grains of sand,
- Make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.
- So the little minutes, humble though they be,
- Make the mighty ages of eternity.
JULIA CARNEY, Little Things
The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown. Nothing is impossible.
Always in motion is the future.
YODA, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
On the human imagination, events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much, is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents, soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity.
JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The Deerslayer
PHILIP JAMES BAILEY, Festus
Nothing keeps. There is one law in the universe: NOW.
ALFRED SUTRO, The Open Door
The days are such a repetition of each other that they sometimes seem very long, but when one pauses and looks back one starts at the accumulation of departed time, and deplores the swiftness of the seasons.
ROBERT GRANT, “The Romance of a Soul”
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear
Indifferent to the affairs of men, time runs out, precise, heedless, exact, and immutable in rhythm.
ERWIN SYLVANUS, Dr. Korczak and the Children
Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.”
LAO TZU, O Magazine, Jan. 2007