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Time Quotes

63 of the best book quotes about time
  1. #1
    “We ask for long life, but ‘tis deep life, or grand moments, that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”
  4. #4
    “I accept Time absolutely.
    It alone is without flaw,
    It alone rounds and completes all,
    That mystic baffling wonder.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “His affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object.”
  7. #7
    “Never is an awfully long time.”
    author
    J.M. Barrie
    book
    Peter Pan
    concept
    Time
  8. #8
    “And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me.
  9. #9
    “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
  1. #10
    “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.”
  2. #11
    “If you’re always on time, it implies that you never have anything better you should be doing.”
  3. #12
    “Beware the ides of March.”
  4. #13
    “Like a running blaze on a plain, like a flash of lightning in the clouds. We live in the flicker.”
  5. #14
    “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.”
  6. #15
    “A mind not to be chang’d by Place or Time.”
  7. #16
    “When people are waiting, they are bad judges of time, and every half minute seems like five.”
  8. #17
    “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.”
  9. #18
    “Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”
  1. #19
    “The days are long, but the years are short.”
  2. #20
    The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience
  3. #21
    The moment hung in time like a drop of honey from a spoon, heavy, golden.
  4. #22
    “Time brought resignation, and a melancholy sweeter than common joy.”
  5. #23
    “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.”
  6. #24
    “Time ensures children never know their parents young.”
  7. #25
    “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”
  8. #26
    “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.”
  9. #27
    “Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”
  1. #28
    “Day
    Play
    We play all day.
    Night
    Fight
    We fight all night.”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    Hop On Pop
    concept
    Time
  2. #29
    “Time will explain.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Persuasion
    concept
    Time
  3. #30
    “I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.”
  4. #31
    “The end was contained in the beginning.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  5. #32
    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Time
  6. #33
    “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
  7. #34
    “‘We must hurry!’ said Mr. Wonka. ‘We have so much time and so little to do! No! Wait! Strike that! Reverse it!‘”
  8. #35
    “Actually, I am right on time.”
  9. #36
    “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
  1. #37
    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!′
  2. #38
    “So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.”
  3. #39
    “Days. Weeks. Months. Who knows?”
    author
    A. A. Milne
    book
    Winnie the Pooh
    character
    Eeyore
    concept
    Time
  4. #40
    “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.”
  5. #41
    “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.”
  6. #42
    “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.”
  7. #43
    “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.”
  8. #44
    “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.”
  9. #45
    “A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”
  1. #46
    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.
  2. #47
    “I’d cry, if only I had the time to do it.”
  3. #48
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concepts
    TimeFuture
  4. #49
    For all evils there are two remedies - time and silence.
  5. #50
    “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
    FutureTime
  6. #51
    “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”.”
  7. #52
    “Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.”
  8. #53
    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.
  9. #54
    “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.”
  1. #55
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  2. #56
    “What will happen will happen, and I won’t waste the time I have . . . worrying.”
  3. #57
    “Don’t argue, my dear child, please don’t argue!” cried Mr. Wonka. “It’s such a waste of precious time!”
  4. #58
    “Might take a day or two, but I’ll find a new one.”
  5. #59
    “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.”
  6. #60
    “Oh my Eva, whose little hour on earth did so much good...what account have I to give for my long years?”
  7. #61
    “Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
    Four nights will quickly dream away the time.”
  8. #62
    “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.”
  9. #63
    “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.”
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