Posted by: nativeiowan | December 28, 2011

Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.”

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


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.


Time is of your own making;Its clock ticks in your head.The moment you stop thoughtTime too stops dead.


We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;In feelings, not in figures on a dial.


Nothing keeps. There is one law in the universe: NOW.


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”

Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.


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


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