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Carl SandburgTime is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

Steve JobsMy favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Northcote ParkinsonParkinson’s law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

—  Northcote Parkinson, 1909-1993, British historian

William ShakespeareFor ever and a day.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

Arthur SchopenhauerOrdinary people merely think how they shall “spend” their time; a man of talent tries to “use” it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Emile M. CioranEnnui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Benjamin FranklinTime is money.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Arthur SchopenhauerBuying books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Laurence J PeterEvery girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

NapoleonSimpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Oscar WildeTime is a waste of money.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonAlcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KennedyWe must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Sylvia PlathSo much working, reading, thinking, living to do! A lifetime is not long enough.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Samuel JohnsonMoney and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

William BlakeEternity is in love with the productions of time.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Lord ChesterfieldI recommend you to take care of the minutes: for hours will take care of themselves.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lord ChesterfieldThe less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Francis BaconA man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Thomas EdisonThe only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Victor HugoShort as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Sacha GuitryA man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

Jim RohnEither you run the day or the day runs you.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Peter DruckerUntil we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

William JamesTo kill time is not murder, it's suicide.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Khalil GibranIt takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone... but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

T. S. EliotOnly through time time is conquered.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Zig ZiglarLack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Charles DarwinA man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Marcel ProustTime, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Lou HoltzIf you are killing time, it's not murder. It's suicide.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

John WoodenIf you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Latin Quotes

HippocratesArt is long, life is short.

Ars longa, vita brevis.

—  Hippocrates, 460-377 BC, Ancient Greek physician, the 'Father of Medicine'


Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyHalf past twelve. How the time has gone by.
Half past twelve. How the years have gone by.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Since Nine O’Clock

Robert FrostOne luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Funny Quotes

AnonymousThe speed of time is one second per second.

—  Anonymous

Steven WrightIf you are killing time, are you damaging eternity?

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

Groucho MarxTime flies like the wind. Fruit flies like a banana.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian

Ancient Greek

PindarTime is the ancestor of everything.

Χρόνος ο πάντων πρόγονος.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet

MenanderTime leads truth toward the light.

Άγει δε προς φως την αλήθειαν χρόνος.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

HeraclitusTime is a child playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.

Χρόνος παις εστι παίζων πεττεύων. Παιδός η βασιλεία.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


Special Quotes

To read them all, reckon 150,000 years.

—  Slogan of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (2014)



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