The Time Factor

the time factor:

Ah, time! What a magnificent and mysterious thing. The year 2009 is almost over. Here are some quotes about time that I thought I’d share with you:

“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

“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,

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”
~ William Shakespeare

“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

“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 flies on restless pinions – constant never.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

“Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?” ~ Paracelsus

“The time you think you’re missing, misses you too.” ~ Ymber Delecto

“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” ~ Saint Augustine

“Each moment has its sickle, emulous
Of Time’s enormous scythe, whose ample sweep
Strikes empires from the root.”

~ Edward Young

“Watches are so named as a reminder – if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.” ~ Drew Sirtors

“Time is the wisest counsellor of all.” ~ Pericles

“Time is the only thief we can’t get justice against.” ~ Astrid Alauda

“There are whole years for which I hope I’ll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

“Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton

“Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” ~ Willaim Penn

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” ~ Tennessee Williams

“Man goes nowhere. Everything comes to man, like tomorrow.” ~ Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

“Whether we wake or we sleep,
Whether we carol or weep,
The Sun with his Planets in chime,
Marketh the going of Time.”

~ Edward Fitzgerald

“The Present is a Point just passed.” ~ David Russell

“Methinks I see the wanton hours flee,
And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.”

~George Villiers

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. “ ~ Louis Hector Berlioz

“Time I am, the destroyer of the worlds, who has come to annihilate everyone.
~ Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-gita

“Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.”
~ Sukadeva Gosvami, “The Srimad Bhagavatam“.
Posted by Kurma on 11/11/09; 3:08:14 PM

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