Time Passing Quotes

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Rasmenia Massoud
“August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies. The final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes.”
Rasmenia Massoud, You Don't See Any of This

Matt Haig
“No, she felt homesick, not for a place, but for a time. Maybe it wasn't homesickness at all. Maybe it was timesickness. She just missed those days when she was younger - seven, six, five, four years old - when she didn't know so much about the world. She missed, most of all, her mother.”
Matt Haig, The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Stewart Stafford
“Reunions are the first day of school all over again. Time casts away familiarity and replaces it with warm confusion. Seeing how the years have frayed the friends of our youth reminds us that we too have irrevocably changed and can never return to a state of innocence again.”
Stewart Stafford

Per Petterson
“Time is important to me now, I tell myself. Not that it should pass quickly or slowly, but be only time, be something I live inside and fill with physical things and activities that I can divide it up by, so that it grows distinct to me and does not vanish when I am not looking.”
Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses

Brian D'Ambrosio
concocted by caffeine
unnervingly familiar
a ferociousness that sucks you in
even as it wears you down”
Brian D'Ambrosio

Abbas Kazerooni
“I have learned how to make time pass, but I never stop thinking of you.”
Abbas Kazerooni, On Two Feet and Wings

Thornton Wilder
“I’m awfully interested in how big things begin. You know how it is; you’re twenty-one or twenty-two and you make some decisions. . . then whissh! you’re seventy. You’ve been a lawyer for fifty years and that white-haired lady by your side has eaten over 50,000 meals with you. How do such things begin?”
Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Nathaniel Hawthorne
“All human progress is in a circle; or, to use a more accurate and beautiful figure, in an ascending spiral curve. While we fancy ourselves going straight forward, and attaining, at every step, an entirely new position of affairs, we do actually return to something long ago tried and abandoned, but which we now find etherealized, refined, and perfected to its ideal. The past is but a coarse and sensual prophecy of the present and the future.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

Dante Alighieri
“Oh how time hangs and drags till our aid comes!”
Dante Alighieri, The Inferno of Dante Translated

“We all have 1440 minutes of life today. How, what or who will you spend it on? Choose wisely. You have 1439 left.”
Sotero M Lopez II

Daphne du Maurier
“Whether he talked or not made little difference to my mood. My only enemy was the clock on the dashboard, whose hands would move relentlessly to one o'clock. We drove east, we drove west, amidst the myriad villages that cling like limpets to the Mediterranean shore, and today I remember none of them. All I remember is the feel of the leather seats, the texture of the map upon my knee, its frayed edges, its worn seams, and how one day, looking at the clock, I thought to myself, 'This moment now, at twenty past eleven, this must never be lost, ' and I shut my eyes to make the experience more lasting. When I opened my eyes we were by a bend in the road, and a peasant girl in a black shawl waved to us; I can see her now, her dusty skirt, her gleaming, friendly smile, and in a second we had passed the bend and could see her no more. Already she belonged to the past, she was only a memory. I wanted to go back again, to recapture the moment that had gone, and then it came to me that if we did it would not be the same, even the sun would be changed in the sky, casting another shadow, and the peasant girl would trudge past us along the road in a different way, not waving this time, perhaps not even seeing us. There was something chilling in the thought, something a little melancholy, and looking at the clock I saw that five more minutes had gone by. Soon we would have reached our time limit, and must return to the hotel. 'If only there could be an invention', I said impulsively, 'that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again." (Rebecca, chapter five)”
Daphne du Maurier

Frank Sonnenberg
“Do you invest your time or spend it?”
Frank Sonnenberg, Soul Food: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

H.S. Crow
“Stars flicker, flash, and fade like we do. They are born and torn apart by entropy, yet we once called them gods. Foolish is it not? Without knowing, we had called the most permanent concept of a being—stars.”
H.S. Crow

Charles Dickens
“Time, with his innumerable horse-power, worked away, not minding what anybody said, ...”
Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Henning Mankell
“The passage of time was relentless and capricious, and one would lose the battle with it in the end. The only resistance a man could offer was to make the most of time, exploit it without trying to prevent its progress.”
Henning Mankell, The Man from Beijing


As time elapses we will grow older and we will grow wiser. We will fall in and out of love. We will destroy each other only to build each other back up again. We won’t even notice we’re changing until it’s already happened, because change is just the act of becoming. We see it happen so naturally every day. The sun sets, the night rolls in, the stars start to shine and the moon glows. When morning comes the dawn will creep in and embrace the night, allowing the day to break and the sun to rise again. We will continue to change, tethered to time and influenced by everything around us. The relationships we search for and the ones that search us out. The relationships we thought could never be and the ones that we could never live without. They’re all on their way to becoming something else, never static, always moving. Because time is the biggest player in the game, and it is why everything is changing. If you try to picture every moment in a relationship all at once, then that right there would be us, over time, passing by. Changing, folding, becoming something else.”
James R. Eads

“As time goes by, I realized that, words actually enact as a motivator and at the same time as the heartbreaker in a person's life. Hence, choose your words wisely. Let people be inspired by your words, don't dash someone's heart.”

Eudora Welty
“What occupied his full mind was time itself; time passing: he was concentrating”
Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter

Gabriel García Márquez
“¿Que esperabas? - suspiró Úrsula -. El tiempo pasa.
- Así es - admitió Aureliano-, pero no tanto.”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Now Can't Be Never; Never Can't Be Now”
Syed Sharukh

Miho Obana
Sana: – Tanto 2 o 3 mesi passano in fretta!
Mamma: – (narrando) Si separano tranquillamente, dicendosi che due o tre mesi passeranno in fretta… Ma quei bambini non sanno… …che per loro il tempo scorre moooolto più lentamente che per gli adulti.”
Miho Obana, 完全版こどものおもちゃ, 3

Mladen Đorđević
“It's so easy to take time for granted, without thinking about its value. And yet, here i am on the racetrack, where the whistle was blown long time ago.”
Mladen Đorđević, Svetioničar - Pritajeno zlo

Kathleen Rooney
“I am old and all I have left is time. I don't mean time to live; I mean free time. Time to fill. Time to kill until time kills me. I walk and walk and think and think.”
Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

“Every Now have Then ; Every Then have Now !”
Syed Sharukh

“Writing temporarily arrests the relentless passage of time, but nothing can halt the propensity of passing days to bring change to the corporeal structure of human beings.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Richard L.  Ratliff
“My mind is a time machine
Wind me up with memories”
Richard L. Ratliff

“The manifold of the past, present, and the future all form a single vivacious composition that only exists in the mind’s eye as separate isolated stages in a forward spooling continuum of space-time. Eternity and time are distinct qualities. Eternity is a dimension of time, an aspect framed by thinking and action. We exist in the present; we live in the element of time referred to as the here and now. We experience life in the eternity that bookends our life force. I need to realize my separate identity in eternity and at the same time actively cogitate upon my indivisible participation in the interwoven continuum of space-time.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“The time spent in thinking what to do with our time is just a waste of time, because the thinking is never about time it’s about making-up our mind towards trying or making an attempt.”
Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

Rasmenia Massoud
“We knew it was only a moment. Our days of cool were numbered. Even when we were in it, right now was already gone.

We didn’t know what it would be. Maybe a man. A baby. A death. What we knew was that soon, we’d pass thirty and get wrapped up in dull, adult things with no time or energy leftover to work at being cool.

Just like that. Whoosh. Zoom. It’s over, and we’re here. From past to present.”
Rasmenia Massoud, You Don't See Any of This

M.M. Kaye
“One thing I learned during our last few days in Delhi was that Time, which can so often move as slowly as a slug crossing a dusty road, can also move with the swiftness of cloud shadows on a windy day.”
M.M. Kaye, The Sun in the Morning: My Early Years in India and England