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Time is ticking away... here we present the best quotes with shareable pictures about time and its passage that we could find. We hope you enjoy pondering them, over time (-: If you do, please share widely.

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The best time to make friends is before you need them.

--Ethel Barrymore
person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Time takes time.

--Diana Matoso
photo of author Sophocles with quote

Time eases all things.

--Sophocles
photo of author John Turner with quote

My time is now.

--John Turner
photo of author Alex Trebek with quote

I don't spend any time whatsoever thinking about what might have been.

--Alex Trebek
photo of author Alan Arkin with quote

I'm very old. I haven't got time to be charming.

--Alan Arkin
plain

You have to get under the hood and spend some quality time with someone to understand what they're really good at.

--Aileen Lee
rock formation under starry skies

Ride time like a wave. Dance in non-Euclidean geometry. And never take a tree, a flower, or a tower for granted.

--Jason Daniel Chaplin
photo of author Nicholas Sparks with quote

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.

--Nicholas Sparks
photo of author Dr. Seuss with quote

How did it get so late so soon?

--Dr. Seuss

Longer Version:

How did it get so late so soon? Dr.


shallow focus photography of books

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.

--Mason Cooley
dome tent with galaxy with stars

A year from now you will wish you had started today.

--Karen Lamb
photo of author Baltasar Gracian with quote

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.

--Baltasar Gracian
photo of author Abbie Hoffman with quote

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

--Abbie Hoffman
photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Make use of time, let not advantage slip.

--William Shakespeare
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Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.

--Lord Chesterfield

Longer Version:

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.


blooming yellow sunflower field

Clocks were invented to warn us. Tick (time is passing). Tock (time has passed).

--Kamand Kojouri
sliced lemon on pink surface

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.

--Dion Boucicault
photo of author Jane Austen with quote

Time will explain.

--Jane Austen
photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

Time is an illusion.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.


photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

Time stays long enough for those who use it.

--Leonardo da Vinci
photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

In time and with water, everything changes.

--Leonardo da Vinci
photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

Time is money.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

Time is money, but also money is money.


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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

--Chinese Proverb
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You can have it all. Just not all at once.

--Oprah Winfrey
photo of author Tim Ferriss with quote

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

--Tim Ferriss
photo of author Edgar Allan Poe with quote

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

--Edgar Allan Poe
photo of author Alan Watts with quote

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

--Alan Watts
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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

--Anaïs Nin
selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.

--Mason Cooley
photo of author Voltaire with quote

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

--Voltaire
photo of author William Shakespeare with quote

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

--William Shakespeare
photo of author William Blake with quote

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

--William Blake
photo of author Will Rogers with quote

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

--Will Rogers
photo of author Warren Buffett with quote

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

--Warren Buffett
photo of author Tillie Olsen with quote

The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.

--Tillie Olsen
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The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

--Thomas Jefferson
photo of author Thomas Hardy with quote

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.

--Thomas Hardy
photo of author Thomas Paine with quote

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

--Thomas Paine
photo of author Tim Ferriss with quote

I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible.

--Tim Ferriss
yellow green leaf

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

--Sydney J. Harris
photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

--Swami Vivekananda
photo of author Sivananda Saraswati with quote

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.

--Sivananda Saraswati
photo of author Stevie Wonder with quote

Time is long but life is short.

--Stevie Wonder
photo of author Samuel Smiles with quote

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.

--Samuel Smiles
photo of author Samuel Johnson with quote

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.

--Samuel Johnson
photo of author Saint Francis de Sales with quote

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

--Saint Francis de Sales
purple and white butterfly on green leaf

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

--Rabindranath Tagore
round black clock on linen

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
photo of author Ovid with quote

Time is generally the best doctor.

--Ovid
photo of author Paolo Sorrentino with quote

Wasting time is something that people do or feel all over the world, not just in Italy.

--Paolo Sorrentino
black portable vinyl records

Time is the wisest counselor of all.

--Pericles
blue sky with stars during night time

One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.

--Peace Pilgrim
silhouette of mountains during starry night

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

--Paramahansa Yogananda
person holding brown sand close-up photography

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

--Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

--Mark Twain
photo of author Marian Wright Edelman with quote

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.

--Marian Wright Edelman
empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero
photo of author Marcus Aurelius Antoninus with quote

How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.

--Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

Most of the time I spend when I get up in the morning is trying to figure out what is going to happen.

--Madeleine Albright
photo of author Lord Byron with quote

The busy have no time for tears.

--Lord Byron
photo of author Leonardo da Vinci with quote

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.

--Leonardo da Vinci
photo of author John Berger with quote

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.

--John Berger
clear hour glass

All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

--John Ruskin
person wearing TV helmet with remote

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

--John Cleese

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

--Jean de La Fontaine
photo of author James Baldwin with quote

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.

--James Baldwin
water color palette on white surface

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

--Homer
photo of author Heraclitus with quote

Nothing endures but change.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still.


silver bell alarm clock

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

--Henry Ford
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

--Henry David Thoreau
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The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

--Henry David Thoreau
worm's eye view of trees during night time

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

--Henry David Thoreau
photo of author Harriet Beecher Stowe with quote

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

--Harriet Beecher Stowe
silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

--George Washington
person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock

Time is the fire in which we burn.

--Gene Roddenberry
silver bell alarm clock

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.

--Fred Brooks
black mountain under blue sky during night time

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.

--Frank Zappa
photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

--Sir Francis Bacon
photo of author Edgard Varese with quote

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

--Edgard Varese
photo of author Epicurus with quote

The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd.

--Epicurus
person wearing brown and white watch

Forever is composed of nows.

--Emily Dickinson

Longer Version:

Forever is composed of Nows
'Tis not a different time
Except for Infiniteness
And Latitude of Home.


green artificial palm tree on seashore

Your soul is infinitely creative. It is alive and expansive in nature. It is curious and playful, changing with the tides of time.

--Debbie Ford
black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.

--Dean Kamen
photo of author Dalai Lama with quote

In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.

--Dalai Lama
silver bell alarm clock

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

--Charles Buxton
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A day without laughter is a day wasted.

--Charlie Chaplin

white flower

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.

--Billy Joel
long exposure photography of beach

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

--Bertrand Russell
photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.

--Benjamin Franklin

Longer Version:

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, "the greatest prodigality'; since, as he elsewhere tells us, 'Lost time is never found again'; and 'What we call time enough always proves little enough'. Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.


photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.

--Benjamin Franklin
photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

Lost time is never found again.

--Benjamin Franklin

photo of author Alexis Herman with quote

Unlike any other time in our history, we have to know that staying in school and getting an education is the most important thing you can do.

--Alexis Herman
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Winter blues are cured every time with a potato gratin paired with a roast chicken.

--Alexandra Guarnaschelli
photo of author Arthur Schopenhauer with quote

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.

--Arthur Schopenhauer
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