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Quotations about time

We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.

 - Mignon McLaughlin

Friedrich NietzscheToday as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

Warren BuffettSomeone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

 - Warren Buffett

Stephen KingI am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they "don't have time to read." This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn't have time to buy any rope or pitons.

 - Stephen King

Haruki MurakamiUnfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.

 - Haruki Murakami

Lao TzuTime is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

Blaise PascalTime heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves. It is like a nation which we have provoked, but meet again after two generations. They are still Frenchmen, but not the same.

 - Blaise Pascal

Richard FeynmanWe are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

 - Richard Feynman

Albert EinsteinWhen you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

 - Albert Einstein

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe every-day cares and duties which men call drudgery are the weights and counterpoises of the clock of Time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its hands a regular motion; and when they cease to hang upon the wheels, the pendulum no longer sways, the hands no longer move, the clock stands still.

 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

With the endless cycle of sunrise and sunset, life shortens. Engrossed in mundane tasks, man fails to notice the passage of time. Nor anxiety is felt at witnessing birth, advance of years, suffering and finally death. Oh, the world becomes intoxicated after drinking the wine of delusion.

 - Bhartrhari

AristotleBut the whole vital process of the Earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed.

 - Aristotle

Thomas PaineIt is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time.

 - Thomas Paine

Horace Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will conceal and cover up what is now shining with the greatest splendor.

 - Horace

Albert EinsteinThat is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don't notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal.

 - Albert Einstein

Jane AustenNothing can be said in his vindication, but that his abolishing Religious Houses and leaving them to the ruinous depredations of time has been of infinite use to the landscape of England in general.

 - Jane Austen

Steve JobsYour time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

 - Steve Jobs

Marcus AureliusThou must now at last perceive that a limit of time is fixed for thee, which if thou dost not use for clearing away the clouds from the mind, it will go and thou wilt go, and it will never return.

 - Marcus Aurelius

Thomas CarlysleUnder all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

 - Thomas Carlysle

Thomas CarlysleIn books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

 - Thomas Carlysle