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The past is always tense and the future, perfect.

—Zadie Smith, 2000

Thou art not to learn the humors and tricks of that old bald cheater, time.

—Ben Jonson, 1601

Time is a veil interposed between God and ourselves, as our eyelid is between our eye and the light.

—François-René de Chateaubriand, c. 1820

Time’s ruins build eternity’s mansions.

—James Joyce, 1922

Time, when it is left to itself and no definite demands are made on it, cannot be trusted to move at any recognized pace. Usually it loiters, but just when one has come to count upon its slowness, it may suddenly break into a wild irrational gallop.

—Edith Wharton, 1905

The appointed thing comes at the appointed time in the appointed way.

—Myrtle Reed, 1910

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

—Cormac McCarthy, 1992

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

—Frank Zappa, 1989

No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706

This is Year Zero.

—Pol Pot, 1975

My stern chase after time is, to borrow a simile from Tom Paine, like the race of a man with a wooden leg after a horse.

—John Quincy Adams, 1844

Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

—Tennessee Williams, 1951

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987