concept

time Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about time
  1. #1
    ″‘Yes,’ said Aslan, though [Eustace and Jill] had not spoken, ‘While he lay dreaming, his name was Time. Now that he is awake he will have a new one.‘”
  2. #2
    “Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.”
  3. #3
    “JUROR #7: Supposin’ we take five minutes? So what? Let’s take an hour. The ball game doesn’t start till eight o’clock.”
  4. #4
    “A time for every occupation under heaven. A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted; a time for tears, a time for laughter; a time for mourning, a time for dancing; a time for searching, a time for losing; a time for loving, a time for hating...”
  5. #5
    “...the only difference between a young person at the height of their exuberance and a very old person who is frail and physically wasted is time.”
  6. #6
    “‘We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!‘”
  7. #7
    “Still the Pants promised us there was time. Nothing would be lost. There was all year if we needed it. We had all the way until next summer, when we would take out the Traveling Pants and, together or apart, begin again.”
  8. #8
    “Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time.”
  9. #9
    ″‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.‘”
  10. #10
    “We ask for long life, but ‘tis deep life, or grand moments, that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”
  11. #11
    “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
  12. #12
    ″Time must be explicitly managed, like money. My students would sometimes roll their eyes at what they called ‘Pauschisms,’ but I stand by them. Urging students not to invest time on irrelevant details, I’d tell them: ‘It doesn’t matter how well you polish the underside of the banister.’ ″
  13. #13
    “True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.”
  14. #14
    “The end was contained in the beginning.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    time
  15. #15
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    futuretime
  16. #16
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    time
  17. #17
    “The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
  18. #18
    “Never is an awfully long time.”
    author
    J.M. Barrie
    book
    Peter Pan
    concept
    time
  19. #19
    “For prudence is but experience, which equal time equally bestows on all men in those things they equally apply themselves unto.”
  20. #20
    “None of them imagined that a horrible ordeal was drawing nigh. Nobody suspected that by the end of that long day, every minute would matter.”
  21. #21
    “Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”
  22. #22
    “Above the South Col, up in the Death Zone, survival is to no small degree a race against the clock.”
  23. #23
    “I understood it now, why I had lived so many times. I had to learn a lot of important skills and lessons, so that when the time came I could rescue Ethan, not from the pond but from the sinking despair of his own life.”
  24. #24
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  25. #25
    “Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man. For war consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather.”
  26. #26
    “Therefore the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is peace.”
  27. #27
    “As for me: I loyally remained right where I was, remembering the first time I had ever seen the boy and then just now, the very last time—and all the times in between.”
  28. #28
    “It’s the spirit here that counts. The time may be long, the vehicle may be strange or unexpected. But if the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.”
  29. #29
    “The question had come into my mind abruptly: were these creatures fools? . . . You see I had always anticipated that the people of the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand odd would be incredibly in front of us in knowledge, art, everything.”
  30. #30
    “Scientific people . . . know very well that Time is only a kind of Space.”
  31. #31
    “ ‘A man is worked upon by what he works on,’ Frederick Douglass once said. He would know. He’d been a slave, and he saw what it did to everyone involved, including the slaveholders themselves. Once a free man, he saw that the choices people made, about their careers and their lives, had the same effect. What you choose to do with your time and what you choose to do for money works on you. The egocentric path requires, as Boyd knew, many compromises.”
  1. #32
    “If we spend the vast majority of our time with people we love and respect – people we really enjoy being on the bus with and who will never disappoint us – then we will almost certainly have a great life, no matter where the bus goes.”
  2. #33
    “Start with a strong passion, use what you have in your hands and build your dream. The builder builds a mansion by putting one block at a time.”
  3. #34
    “The Upper-world people might once have been the favoured aristocracy . . . but that had long since passed away. The two species that had resulted from the evolution of man were sliding down towards, or had already arrived at, an altogether new relationship.”
  4. #35
    “I was playing for time. Just for time. I played the wrong way, of course.”
  5. #36
    “The whole surface of the earth seemed changed – melting and flowing under my eyes.”
  6. #37
    “Might take a day or two, but I’ll find a new one.”
  7. #38
    “We see some beginnings of this even in our own time, and in this future age it was complete.”
  8. #39
    “This insect, which marks off time, clicking like a clock, issues the sound no one ever wants to hear beside her beloved. A man’s tenure on earth is limited enough, but once the beetle’s ticking begins there’s no way to stop it; there’s no plug to pull, no pendulum to stop, no switch that will restore the time you once thought you had.”
  9. #40
    “You think ... yesterday don’t count. But yesterday is all that does count. ”
  10. #41
    “Don’t question me! The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too.”
  11. #42
    [Clare] “If you could stop, now… if you could not time travel any more, and there would be no consequences, would you?”
    [Henry:] “If I could stop now and still meet you?”
    [Clare:] “You’ve already met me.”
    [Henry:] “Yes. I would stop.”
  12. #43
    “There is a thing about Time and Space which the philosopher Einstein is going to find out. Some people call it Destiny.”
  13. #44
    “I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.”
  14. #45
    “We wait. We are bored. No, don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. ...In an instant, all will vanish and we’ll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness.”
  15. #46
    “This is the time to merge his self in a great current, in the rising tide which is approaching to sweep us all, willing or unwilling, into the future.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Toohey
    concepts
    timefuture
  16. #47
    “It’s funny, when you’re a child you think time will never go by, but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you’re on the fast train to Memphis. I guess life just slips up on everybody. It sure did on me.”
  17. #48
    “We have had a good time while we were young, but it is in the nature of Time to fly.”
  18. #49
    “I will love you as we grow older, which has just happened, and has happened again, and happened several days ago, continuously, and then several years before that, and will continue to happen as the spinning hands of every clock and the flipping pages of every calendar mark the passage of time, except for the clocks that people have forgotten to wind and the calendars that people have forgotten to place in a highly visible area.”
  19. #50
    “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?”
  20. #51
    “Don’t argue, my dear child, please don’t argue!” cried Mr. Wonka. “It’s such a waste of precious time!”
  21. #52
    “It is only memory that holds me here. Time, let me vanish. Then what we separate by our very presence can come together.”
  22. #53
    “I can reach into Henry and touch time… he loves me.”
  23. #54
    “You made it impossible for me to find you in the present; you said it would just happen when it was supposed to happen.”
  24. #55
    “By the time you figured it out it would be too late”
  25. #56
    ″‘What we need,’ said Dumbledore slowly, and his light blue eyes moved from Harry to Hermione, ‘is more time.‘”
  26. #57
    “Every day the future looks a little bit darker. But the past, even the grimy parts of it, well, it just keeps on getting brighter all the time”
  27. #58
    “Do not wait. The time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
  28. #59
    “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”
  29. #60
    “For as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy. ”
  30. #61
    ″ You’ll be sick or feeling troubled or deeply in love or quietly uncertain or even content for the first time in your life. It won’t matter. Out of the blue, beyond any cause you can trace, you’ll suddenly realize things are not how you perceived them to be at all. ”
  31. #62
    “A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine.”

Books by William Shakespeare

View All
  1. #63
    “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
  2. #64
    “Time is no more fixed than the stars. Time speeds and bends around planets and suns, is different in the mountains than in the valleys, and is part of the same fabric as space, which curves and swells as does the sea.”
  3. #65
    “Now, five years is nothing in a man’s life except when he is very young and very old...”
  4. #66
    “Time ensures children never know their parents young.”
  5. #67
    “Hey man, it passes the time.”
  6. #68
    “There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it.”
  7. #69
    “We have some say over the size of our own lives—we have the agency and authority and freedom to make them smaller or larger, heavier or lighter”
  8. #70
    “It takes a long time to grow an old friend, and trust is built a single moment at a time.”
  9. #71
    “The days are long, but the years are short.”
  10. #72
    “When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to ‘Enjoy now’. If I can enjoy the present, I don’t need to count on the happiness that is (or isn’t) waiting for me in the future”.”
  11. #73
    “He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can.”
  12. #74
    “Things done at the wrong time may turn out to be not worth doing at all - simply a waste of time - or even harmful.”
  13. #75
    “What will happen will happen, and I won’t waste the time I have . . . worrying.”
  14. #76
    “The basic question is what we do within the time frame granted to us - how we plan, decide, organize, evaluate, revise our tasks.”
  15. #77
    “Unlike money time comes to all of us in equal amounts. In fact, everyone has all the time there is—twenty-four hours a day. But what an astonishing variety in our use of that time and the results of our choices!
  16. #78
    “When we stop long enough to think about it, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities.”
  17. #79
    “The word “time” split its husk; poured its riches over him; and from his lips fell like shells, like shavings from a plane, without his making them, hard, white, imperishable words, and flew to attach themselves to their places in an ode to Time; an immortal ode to Time.”
  18. #80
    “His affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object.”
  19. #81
    ″‘It’s no use talking about it,’ Alice said, looking up at the house and pretending it was arguing with her. ‘I’m not going in again yet. I know I should have to get through the Looking-glass again – back into the old room – and there’d be an end of all my adventures!’
    So, resolutely turning her back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill.”
  20. #82
    “What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye? … I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something.”
  21. #83
    “We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.”
  22. #84
    “Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship.”
  23. #85
    “Looking into another person’s eyes for an extended period of time proved to be a powerful thing. And if you don’t believe me, try it yourself.”
  24. #86
    “Names are powerful things. They act as an identity marker and a kind of map, locating you in time and geography. More than that, they can be a compass.”
  25. #87
    “There’s debts we can’t pay like money debts, by paying extra for the years that have slipped by.”
  26. #88
    “She philosophically noted dates as they came past in the revolution of the year; the disastrous night of her life at Trantridge with its dark background of The Chase; also the dates of the baby’s birth and death; also her own birthday; and every other day individualized by incidents in which she had taken some share.”
  27. #89
    “A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”
  28. #90
    “A woman’s love — it stands the test of time, logic, and all circumstance.”
  29. #91
    “Oh my Eva, whose little hour on earth did so much good...what account have I to give for my long years?”
  30. #92
    “There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.”
  31. #93
    “I figured out why you and me get along so well. You know more than you say and I say more than I know. That means we’re a perfect match, as long as we don’t hang around one another more than an hour at a stretch.”
  1. #94
    ″...a note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all. The tax notice was also enclosed, without comment...”
  2. #95
    “I only knew that it was time to go, so I opened the door and stepped into the light.”
  3. #96
    “When she played her music even the night demons stopped their work & it took them some time to remember what it was they were doing & the best of them had no stomach for it for a long time after that.”
  4. #97
    “The clock is a conspiracy & a crime against humanity and I would not own one except I miss appointments without it.”
  5. #98
    “The number of hours women devote to housework has not changed since 1930, despite all the advances. All the vacuum cleaners, washer-dryers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, wash-and-wear fabrics… Why does it still take as long to clean the house as it did in 1930?”
  6. #99
    “It’s just that being dumped suddenly puts time into perspective.”
  7. #100
    “A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.”
  8. #101
    “You didn’t give him time enough to take any paper he wanted. I saw you. It wasn’t fair!”
  9. #102
    “She paused, as though she were remembering events that happened hundreds of years before that time.”
  10. #103
    “One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
  11. #104
    “God can multiply your time and help you get more done. He can multiply your wisdom and help you to make better decisions.”
  12. #105
    “There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection.”
  13. #106
    “In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.”
  14. #107
    “I suddenly realized that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more.”
  15. #108
    All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.
  16. #109
    There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.
  17. #110
    It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.
  18. #111
    “No one has time any more for anyone else.”
  19. #112
    “Staring at the stars was like staring backward in time, since some stars are so far away that their light takes millions of years just to reach us. That we see stars not as they look now, but as they were when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The whole concept just struck me as…amazing somehow.”
  20. #113
    “Ove has probably known all along what he has to do, but all people at root are time optimists. We always think there’s enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like ‘if.‘”
  21. #114
    ″‘But oh!’ thought Alice, suddenly jumping up, ‘if I don’t make haste, I shall have to go back through the Looking-glass, before I’ve seen what the rest of the house is like! Let’s have a look at the garden first!‘”
  22. #115
    Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick trash are all invisible.
  23. #116
    “There was a clock, high up in the sun, and I thought about how, when you dont want to do a thing, your body will try to trick you into doing it, sort of unawares.”
  24. #117
    “Both touched toward fourteen; it almost trembled in their hands. And that was the October week when they grew up overnight, and were never so young any more.”
  25. #118
    “A warrior seeks to act, and not waste time in useless conversation,”
  26. #119
    “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”
  27. #120
    “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren’t rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month, school hasn’t begun yet. July, well, July’s really fine: there’s no chance in the world for school.”
  28. #121
    Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question . . . Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”
  29. #122
    “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”
  30. #123
    “There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you.”
  31. #124
    “Tomorrow is tomorrow. Future cares have future cures, And we must mind today.”
    author
    Sophocles
    book
    Antigone
    concept
    time

Books about love

View All
More Than Balloons book
Board book
6.2
Add to list
The Rag Coat book
Picture book
6.1
Add to list
Three Little Words book
Picture book
6.0
Add to list
All the Places to Love book
Picture book
6.0
Add to list
Penguin and Pinecone book
Board book
6.0
Add to list
Spot Loves His Daddy book
Board book
6.0
Add to list
The Trumpet of the Swan book
Chapter book
6.0
Add to list
Wherever You Are book
Picture book
5.9
Add to list
  1. #125
    “I won’t have the time, so you’ll have to do it. Just write it all down like you’re talking. Put in all the fun we had, the cool things we did. Our adventures.”
  2. #126
    “Your time is important, your energy is finite, and your attention is precious, so value who and where you spend it accordingly. You are the only one who can set those kinds of expectations and teach people how to treat you. Be selfish, and I promise everyone will benefit.”
  3. #127
    “False hope buys us more time to spend on something that is not going to work and keeps us from seeing the reality that is at once our biggest problem and our greatest opportunity.”
  4. #128
    “As for time, all men have it in abundance.”
  5. #129
    “In time we hate that which we often fear.”
  6. #130
    “‘You’re young, you don’t know. Things change. What happened, happened forty years ago. It’s history.‘”
  7. #131
    “I think we are innately suspicious of this kind of rapid cognition. We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it.”
  8. #132
    “Actually, time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
  9. #133
    “All of your precious resources—time, energy, talent, passion, money—should only go to the buds of your life or your business that are the best, are fixable, and are indispensable. Otherwise, average sets in…”
  10. #134
    “They have realized that their success depends on having the time and energy resources to go deep with a few relationships, and they have to end the wish to go deep with everyone, as it leads to skimming the surface with almost everyone.”
  11. #135
    “It’s such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.”
  12. #136
    “I had a nagging sense that there was still far too much unresolved for me, that I wasn’t done studying.”
  13. #137
    “The day dawned, and already the time of youth was fleeing the house which the three giants of my dreams had built. ”
  14. #138
    “My life had been building potential, potential that would now go unrealized. I had planned to do so much, and I had come so close. I’ve spent almost a third of my life preparing for it. I had mapped out this whole forty-year career for myself—the first twenty as a surgeon-scientist, the last twenty as a writer. But now that I am likely well into my last twenty years, I don’t know which career I should be pursuing. If I had some sense of how much time I have left, it’d be easier. If I had two years, I’d write. If I had ten, I’d get back to surgery and science. If only I knew how many months or years I had left. Tell me three months, I’d spend time with family. Tell me one year, I’d write a book. Give me ten years, I’d get back to treating diseases. The truth that you live one day at a time didn’t help: What was I supposed to do with that day?”
  15. #139
    “Every hour wounds. The last one kills”
  16. #140
    “The days are long, but the years are short.”
  17. #141
    “Waiting for my cake takes hour and hours.”
    author
    Emma Donoghue
    book
    Room
    character
    Jack
    concepts
    caketimelong time
  18. #142
    “Time stood still, and it shared with me all that had been, and all that was to come.”
  19. #143
    “We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were no concern of the present speaker’s, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by time but by repentance and the blood of Christ: if we have repented these early sins we should remember the price of our forgiveness and be humble.”
  20. #144
    ″[Ma] gets sick of things fast, it’s from being an adult.”
  21. #145
    “Time’s the thief of memory.”
  22. #146
    “Yes, a bottle of wine was the ultimate distillation of time and place; a poetic expression of individuality itself. Yet here it was, cast back into the sea of anonymity, that realm of averages and unknowns.”
  23. #147
    “There’s hours and hours, hundreds of them.”
    author
    Emma Donoghue
    book
    Room
    character
    Jack
    concepts
    timehourshundreds
  24. #148
    “Narnian time flows differently from ours. If you spent a hundred years in Narnia, you would still come back to our world at the very same hour of the very same day on which you left. And then, if you went back to Narnia after spending a week here, you might find that a thousand Narnian years had passed, or only a day, or no time at all. You never know till you get there. Consequently, when the Pevensie children had returned to Narnia last time for their second visit, it was (for the Narnians) as if King Arthur came back to Britain as some people say he will. And I say the sooner the better.”
  25. #149
    “Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. ‘Was I minus numbers?‘”
  26. #150
    “For his part, the Count had opted for the life of the purposefully unrushed. Not only was he disinclined to race toward some appointed hour - disdaining even to wear a watch - he took the greatest satisfaction when assuring a friend that a worldly matter could wait in favor of a leisurely lunch or stroll along the embankment. After all, did not wine improve with age? Was it not the passage of years that gave a piece of furniture its delightful patina? When all was said and done, the endeavors that most modern men saw as urgent (such as appointments with bankers and the catching of trains), probably could have waited, while those they deemed frivolous (such as cups of tea and friendly chats) had deserved their immediate attention.”
  27. #151
    “Life takes on a neat simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between. It’s quite wonderful, really.”
  28. #152
    “No matter how much time passes, those we have loved never slip away from us entirely.”
  29. #153
    “To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.”
  30. #154
    How on Earth did you do that with the same 24 hours a day that everyone else gets?
  31. #155
    “Time is not what you think. Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on Earth is only the beginning.”
  1. #156
    “It had been a long time ago, but also, it was no time at all.
  2. #157
    “Oft by my faithful mirror I am told,
    And by my mind outworn and altered brow,
    My earthly powers impaired and weakened now,—
    ‘Deceive thyself no more, for thou art old!’
    Who strives with Nature’s laws is over-bold,
    And Time to his commandment bids us bow.
    Like fire that waves have quenched, I calmly vow
    In life’s long dream no more my sense to fold.
    And while I think, our swift existence flies,
    And none can live again earth’s brief career,—
    Then in my deepest heart the voice replies
    Of one who now has left this mortal sphere,
    But walked alone through earthly destinies,
    And of all women is to fame most dear.”
  3. #158
    “Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE.”
  4. #159
    “No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.”
  5. #160
    ″So thank you, Justin. Sincerely. My very first kiss was wonderful. And for the month or so that we lasted, and everywhere that we went, the kisses were wonderful. You were wonderful.”
  6. #161
    “Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.”
  7. #162
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  8. #163
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  9. #164
    “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
  10. #165
    “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends.”
  11. #166
    “And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me.
  12. #167
    “Actually, I am right on time.”
  13. #168
    “Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.”
  14. #169
    “I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”
  15. #170
    “Time will explain.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Persuasion
    concept
    time
  16. #171
    “Day
    Play
    We play all day.
    Night
    Fight
    We fight all night.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    Hop On Pop
    concept
    time
  17. #172
    “Days. Weeks. Months. Who knows?”
    author
    A. A. Milne
    book
    Winnie the Pooh
    character
    Eeyore
    concept
    time
  18. #173
    “What a long time whoever lives here is answering this door.” And he knocked again.
    “But Pooh,” said Piglet, “it’s your own house!”
    “Oh!” Said Pooh. “So it is,” he said. “Well, let’s go in.”
  19. #174
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
  20. #175
    “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
  21. #176
    “Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.”
  22. #177
    “So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.”
  23. #178
    For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
  24. #179
    “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
  25. #180
    “I’d cry, if only I had the time to do it.”
  26. #181
    “Time brought resignation, and a melancholy sweeter than common joy.”
  27. #182
    The moment hung in time like a drop of honey from a spoon, heavy, golden.
  28. #183
    The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience
  29. #184
    “I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.”
  30. #185
    “Hours slide by like minutes. The accumulated clutter of day-to-day existence — the lapses of conscience, the unpaid bills, the bungled opportunities, the dust under the couch, the inescapable prison of your genes — all of it is temporarily forgotten, crowded from your thoughts by an overpowering clarity of purpose and by the seriousness of the task at hand.”
  31. #186
    “I always hated hearing old people yammering on like this when I was young. And I do what to assure you: I’m aware that many thing were not better in the 1940s. Underarm deodorants and air-conditioning were woefully inadequate, for instance, so everybody stank like crazy, especially in the summer, and also we had Hitler.”

Books about the past

View All
  1. #187
    “Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”
  2. #188
    “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;—it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”
  3. #189
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time.”
  4. #190
    “Time will mellow it, make it a moment for laughter. But now it was not funny, now I did not laugh. It was not the future, it was the present. It was too vivid and too real.”
  5. #191
    Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,′ she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.′
    `If you knew Time as well as I do,′ said the Hatter, `you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.′
    `I don’t know what you mean,′ said Alice.
    `Of course you don’t!′ the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!′
    `Perhaps not,′ Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.′
    `Ah! that accounts for it,′ said the Hatter. `He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!′
  6. #192
    The Hatter was the first to break the silence. “What day of the month is it?” he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
    Alice considered a little, and then said “The fourth.”
    “Two days wrong!” sighed the Hatter. “I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!” he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
  7. #193
    “When people are waiting, they are bad judges of time, and every half minute seems like five.”
  8. #194
    “How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I’d like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.”
  9. #195
    “If you in the morning
    Throw minutes away,
    You can’t pick them up
    In the course of a day.
    You may hurry and scurry,
    And flurry and worry,
    You’ve lost them forever,
    Forever and aye.”
  10. #196
    “Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker.”
  11. #197
    The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver’s watch may be his god, because it is that which, he admits, he seldom does anything without consulting.
  12. #198
    “Beware the ides of March.”
  13. #199
    “If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”
  14. #200
    “It should take you about four seconds to walk from here to the door. I’ll give you two.”
  15. #201
    “Strange about learning; the farther I go the more I see that I never knew even existed. A short while ago I foolishly thought I could learn everything - all the knowledge in the world. Now I hope only to be able to know of its existence, and to understand one grain of it. Is there time?
  16. #202
    “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
  17. #203
    “It’s bad enough wasting time without killing it.”
  18. #204
    “Hill. Yes, that was it. But it is a hasty word for a thing that has stood here ever since this part of the world was shaped.”
  19. #205
    You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption ‘My time is my own’. Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours . . . The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon as his chattels....
  20. #206
    “When I was alive, I believed as you do; that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that- then any time at all will be the right time for you.”
  21. #207
    “The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average — though those things are important, to be sure. It’s what you’ve done with your time, how you’ve chosen to spend your days, and whom you’ve touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”
  22. #208
    “there never is a happy ending because nothing ever ends.”
  23. #209
    Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.
  24. #210
    Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!
  25. #211
    “Medical training is relentlessly future-oriented, all about delayed gratification; you’re always thinking about what you’ll be doing five years down the line. But now I don’t know what I’ll be doing five years down the line. I may be dead. I may not be. I may be healthy. I may be writing. I don’t know. And so it’s not all that useful to spend time thinking about the future—that is, beyond lunch.”
  26. #212
    “A story can be new and yet tell about olden times. The past comes into existence with the story.”
  27. #213
    “You never know how much time you’ll have.”
    author
    Stephenie Meyer
    book
    The Host
    character
    Wanda
    concept
    time
  28. #214
    “Without those weapons, often though he had used them against himself, Man would never have conquered his world. Into them he had put his heart and soul, and for ages they had served him well. But now, as long as they existed, he was living on borrowed time.”
  29. #215
    “I didn’t go to the moon, I went much further—for time is the longest distance between two places.”
  30. #216
    “Satan’s greatest success is in making people think they have plenty of time before they die to consider their eternal welfare.”
  31. #217
    “Before we know the word for it, before we know that there are words, out we come, bloodied and squalling...with the knowledge that for all the points of the compass, there’s only one direction and time is its only measure.”
  1. #218
    “The point is precisely this, that for centuries man has been raised above the animals and borne aloft not by the rod, but by music: the irresistibility of the unarmed truth, the attraction of its example.”
  2. #219
    “What’s a year amount to? We have all the time there is.”
  3. #220
    “Only I know how long I have been here. Nights and days and days and nights, hundreds of them slipping through my fingers. But that does not matter. Time has no meaning. But something you can touch and hold like my red dress, that has a meaning.”
  4. #221
    “So what was it like being married?”
    “Well, it’s hard, for sure. But there’s something that feels so good about sharing your life with somebody.”
  5. #222
    “Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself and not just for the feelings and experiences they give us.”
  6. #223
    “When you first fall in love, you think you love the person, but you don’t really. You can’t know the person right away. That takes years. You actually love the idea of the person – and that is always, at first, one-dimensional and somewhat mistaken.”
  7. #224
    “You get what anybody gets - you get a lifetime.”
  8. #225
    “Amazing how time flew when you were working. He’d often noticed that days in the camp rolled by before you knew it. Yet your sentence stood still, the time you had to serve never got any less.”
  9. #226
    “I made it clear to the world that what Jade and I had found in each other was more real than any other world, more real than time, more real than death, more real, even, than she and I.”
  10. #227
    “Making a good woman feel secure in the relationship has nothing to do with how much money you spend ON HER, but rather how much quality time you are willing to spend with her.”
  11. #228
    “A zek’s day is a long one, though, and he can find time for everything.”
  12. #229
    “It’s funny, but thinking back on it now, I realize that this particular point in time, as I stood there blinking in the deserted hall, was the one point at which I might have chosen to do something very much different from what I actually did.”
  13. #230
    “And for three months… for three months I tried to convince myself that you were better off without me. I tried to convince myself that everything I’d done had made you hate me.”
  14. #231
    “Take pride in yourself and in the job you do. Take your time and take pride in how this yard looks when you walk away from it.”
  15. #232
    “Ye cannot fully understand the relations of choice and Time till you are beyond both.”
  16. #233
    “Commissioner--This is Batman. The governor’s life is in danger. I haven’t time to save him. It’s up to you.”
  17. #234
    “So while a thing in a finite time cannot come in contact with things quantitatively infinite, it can come in contact with things infinite in respect of divisibility: for in this sense the time itself is also infinite.”
  18. #235
    ″‘Keep me in your thoughts,’ he replies. ‘Just because
    I can’t count to ten doesn’t mean
    I don’t remember yesterday, or anticipate today.‘”
  19. #236
    “It is summer
    How many summers does a little dog have?”
  20. #237
    “Incompetence knows no barriers of time or place.”
  21. #238
    “First we feel. Then we fall. And let her rain now if she likes ... for my time has come.”
  22. #239
    “Visual impressions are greatly intensified and the eye recovers some of the perceptual innocence of childhood, when the sensum was not immediately and automatically subordinated to the concept. Interest in space is diminished and interest in time falls almost to zero.”
  23. #240
    “To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”
  24. #241
    “No matter how far you are separated from other people if you have an idea of time why then you are in the same world with them you are part of them but if you lose time the others go ahead of you and you are left alone hanging in air lost to everything forever.”
  25. #242
    “Make me feel good in the moontime.”
  26. #243
    “My father never did any of the things that my friends’ fathers did with them. We never tossed a football around or even watched games together. He would always say, ‘I don’t have time—maybe later,; but he always had time to sit around and get drunk.”
  27. #244
    “You are not stuck in time like a fly in a closed bottle, whose wings are therefore useless.”
  28. #245
    “Einstein has overcome time and space. Harvey has overcome not only time and space--but any objections.”