Time Quotes -BoysJoys


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Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.  ~William Faulkner

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.  ~John Archibald Wheeler

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.  ~Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden, 1854

Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror.  It's passing, yet I'm the one who's doing all the moving.  ~Martin Amis, Money

The clock talked loud.  I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.  ~Tillie Olsen,Tell Me a Riddle

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  ~Dion Boucicault

In reality, killing time is only the name for another of the multifarious ways by which Time kills us.  ~Osbert Sitwell

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.  ~Doug Larson

But what minutes!  Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Time goes, you say?  Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go.
~Henry Austin Dobson

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes.  ~Charles Dickens

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits.  ~Author Unknown

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.  ~James Matthew 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

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

Why won't they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can't they use birth control on time?  I want an interregnum.  The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping - rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year's and Easter and Christmas - But, goodness, why need they do it?  ~John Dos Passos, 1917

How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you're on.  ~Zall's Second Law

The years like great black oxen tread the world
And God, the herdsman, goads them on behind.
~William Butler Yeats, The Countess Cathleen

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

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 Deja Vu.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

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

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