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Time is the fire in which we burn. ~Delmore Schwartz, “Calmly We Walk Through This April’s Day,” 1937 (Thanks, George)

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
~William Shakespeare

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by. ~J.M. Barrie

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. ~John B. Priestly

It strikes! one, two,
Three, four, five, six. Enough, enough, dear watch,
Thy pulse hath beat enough. Now sleep and rest;
Would thou could’st make the time to do so too;
I’ll wind thee up no more.
~Ben Jonson

The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up. ~J.K. Rowling, “The Hungarian Horntail,” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. ~The Talmud

Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes
Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
He keeps all his customers still in arrears
By lending them minutes and charging them years.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy. ~Doménico Cieri Estrada

Time is making fools of us again. ~J.K. Rowling

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Time gives good advice. (El tiempo da buen consejo.) ~Proverb

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, Maxims, 1815

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~Faith Baldwin

When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” ~Author Unknown

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Time! the corrector when our judgments err. ~Lord Byron

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…. ~Thomas Carlyle

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 for you. ~Carl Sandburg

Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Déjà vu. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Time heals what reason cannot. ~Seneca

I am tired of the imposed rhythms of men,
Tethered time, restrained and trained
To a monotonous beat
Digital time blinking exactness
Unliving.
~Phillip Pulfrey, “Conjecture,” Beyond Me, www.originals.net

The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope — or at least give it 48 hours. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

If you want work well done, select a busy man — the other kind has no time. ~Elbert Hubbard

Dinner was soon followed by tea and coffee, a ten miles’ drive home allowed no waste of hours, and from the time of their sitting down to table, it was a quick succession of busy nothings till the carriage came to the door… ~Jane Austen (1775–1817), Mansfield Park (Volume I, Chapter X), 1814 [I’ve not seen the movie, but apparently the line has been updated to “Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings.” Austen was not the first to use the phrase “busy nothings” but of those who came before her, she is the most well-known. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear? ~Jack London

Time flies on restless pinions — constant never. ~Friedrich Schiller

…Victor felt, in the thicket, as if he went through the gate of a new life, as on this fiery morning he sauntered onward with the sun, which darted beside him from twig to twig, through the murmuring wood, away along under symphonious branches, which were so many music-barrels set in motion, over moss that lay in green sun-fire, and under evergreen bathed in heavenly blue. And this morning renewed in his heart the painful likeness of four things,—life, a day, a year, a journey, which resemble each other in their fresh, exultant beginning, in the oppressive interlude, in the weary, sated close.— ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865

The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. ~C.S. Lewis

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design? ~Paracelsus

What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. ~Saint Augustine

Time is a very healing place, one in which you can grow. ~Denise Tanner

Each moment has its sickle, emulous
Of Time’s enormous scythe, whose ample sweep
Strikes empires from the root.
~Edward Young

The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds. ~Martin H. Fischer

Watches are so named as a reminder — if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you. ~Drew Sirtors

…[M]ay its index point to joy,
And moments wing’d with new delights.
Sweet may resound each silver bell,—
And never quick returning chime,
Seem in reproving notes to tell,
Of hours mispent, and murder’d time….
~Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), “The Horologe of the Fields” Addressed to a Young Lady, on seeing at the House of an Acquaintance a magnificent French Timepiece, published 1807

Time is the wisest counsellor of all. ~Pericles

A lot like yesterday, a lot like never. ~Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

There are whole years for which I hope I’ll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

The clocks are all turned forward from Funny Time to Right Time. I always remember, “Spring back or Fall in.” ~Dave Beard, @Raqhun)

Time brings an end to everything. We should not mistake for a tragedy what is no more than the passage of time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Time is the only thief we can’t get justice against. ~Terri Guillemets

Time is neither friend nor enemy it’s just a measurement. ~Mike Dolan, www.hawaiianlife.com

Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst. ~William Penn

Time is the longest distance between two places. ~Tennessee Williams

Among life’s regrets is all the time wasted being early for everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Pick my left pocket of its silver dime, but spare the right — it holds my golden time! ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Man goes nowhere. Everything comes to man, like tomorrow. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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

For centuries, man believed that the sun revolves around the earth. Centuries later, he still thinks that time moves clockwise. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Time, the cradle of hope…. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. ~Henry David Thoreau

The Present is a Point just passed. ~David Russell

Methinks I see the wanton hours flee,
And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.
~George Villiers

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ~Denis Waitely

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away. ~Charles Caleb Colton

One must learn a different… sense of time, one that depends more on small amounts than big ones. ~Sister Mary Paul

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