Quotes About Time

Quotes tagged as "time" (showing 571-600 of 3,000)
Julian Barnes
“History isn't the lies of the victors, as I once glibly assured Old Joe Hunt; I know that now. It's more the memories of the survivors, most of whom are neither victorious or defeated.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Samuel Beckett
“They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more.”
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

John Steinbeck
“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer -- and what trees and seasons smelled like -- how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Neil Gaiman
“There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubbles in amber,” she explained. “There’s a lot of time in London, and it has to go somewhere—it doesn’t all get used up at once.”
“I may still be hung over,” sighed Richard. “That almost made sense.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
tags: time

Christopher Hitchens
“I have not been able to discover whether there exists a precise French equivalent for the common Anglo-American expression 'killing time.' It's a very crass and breezy expression, when you ponder it for a moment, considering that time, after all, is killing us.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”
Bill Graham

Kurt Vonnegut
“The time would not pass. Somebody was playing with the clocks, and not only the electronic clocks but the wind-up kind too. The second hand on my watch would twitch once, and a year would pass, and then it would twitch again.
There was nothing I could do about it. As an Earthling I had to believe whatever clocks said -and calendars.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Alexandre Dumas
“Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

Kate Moss
“I got tired of feeling like Dracula. I wanted to see some daylight, and not just at six o’clock in the morning.”
Kate Moss

Francis Bacon
“A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time. ”
Francis Bacon
tags: age, life, time

Dan Simmons
“When the last autumn of Dickens's life was over, he continued to work through his final winter and into spring. This is how all of us writers give away the days and years and decades of our lives in exchange for stacks of paper with scratches and squiggles on them. And when Death calls, how many of us would trade all those pages, all that squandered lifetime-worth of painfully achieved scratches and squiggles, for just one more day, one more fully lived and experienced day? And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation?

Would we trade all those pages for a single hour? Or all of our books for one real minute?”
Dan Simmons, Drood

Jorge Luis Borges
“The thought came over me that never would one full and absolute moment, containing all the others, justify my life, that all of my instants would be provisional phases, annihilators of the past turned to face the future, and that beyond the episodic, the present, the circumstantial, we were nobody.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Selected Non-Fictions

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“They had parted as boys, and now life presented one of them with a fugitive and the other with a dying man. Both wondered whether this was due to the cards they'd been dealt or to the way they had played them.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If the whole world I once could see
On free soil stand, with the people free
Then to the moment might I say,
Linger awhile. . .so fair thou art.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part

“Our nemesis is time, against which we have a single ally, memory, and even it betrays us.”
Sam Tanenhaus, Literature Unbound

“God schedules a birthday, not man.”
Robert A. Bradley, Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

Mary Oliver
“Things take the time they take.
Don't worry.
How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?”
Mary Oliver
tags: time

Douglas Coupland
“Maybe the more emotions a person experiences in their daily lives, the longer time seems to feel to them. As you get older, you experience fewer new things, and so time seems to go by faster.”
Douglas Coupland, Life After God
tags: life, time

Dorothy Koomson
“Every second counts”
Dorothy Koomson, My Best Friend's Girl
tags: life, time

“If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you don't want.”
Kevin Ngo, Let's Do This! 100 Powerful Messages to Help You Take Action

Louis Hector Berlioz
“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils ...”
Louis Hector Berlioz
tags: time

Harlan Ellison
“Time is like a river flowing endlessly through the universe. And if you poled your flatboat in that river you might fight your way against the current and travel upstream into the past. Or go with the flow and rush into the future. This was in a less cynical time before toxic waste dumping and pollution filled the waterway of Chronus with the detritus of empty hours wasted minutes years of repetition and time that has been killed.”
Harlan Ellison
tags: time

Andrew Marvell
“Had we but world enough, and time”
Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

“Time has always been the greatest ally to Truth, because Time eventually relieves and reveals all.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Peter Kreeft
“I guarantee you that after you die you will not say 'I spent too much time praying; I wish I had watched more TV instead.”
Peter Kreeft, Prayer for Beginners

William Shakespeare
“But thoughts the slave of life, and life, Time’s fool,
And Time, that takes survey of all the world,
Must have a stop.”
William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1

Ana Monnar
“The future is a split second away.”
Ana Monnar

“If you have sixty seconds worth of distance...run!”
Chris Stevenson

Hermann Broch
“… for overstrong was the command to hold fast to each smallest particle of time, to the smallest particle of every circumstance, and to embody all of them in memory as if they could be preserved in memory through all deaths for all times.”
Hermann Broch, The Death of Virgil

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