Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

In time history must become a fairy tale—it will become again what it was in the beginning.

—Novalis, c. 1798

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space, and yet nothing puzzles me less, for I never think about them.

—Charles Lamb, 1810

The celestial machine is to be likened not to a divine organism but rather to a clockwork.

—Johannes Kepler, 1605

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

We should not say that one man’s hour is worth another man’s hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing; he is, at most, time’s carcass.

—Karl Marx, 1847

There is no work of human hands which time does not wear away and reduce to dust.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 46 BC

The past is always tense and the future, perfect.

—Zadie Smith, 2000

Years are nothing to me—they should be nothing to you. Who asked you to count them or to consider them? In the world of wild nature, time is measured by seasons only—the bird does not know how old it is—the rose tree does not count its birthdays!

—Marie Corelli, 1911

The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying.

—John Berger, 1984

Our allotted time is the passing of a shadow.

—Book of Wisdom, c. 100 BC

A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

—Jane Austen, 1814

Time’s ruins build eternity’s mansions.

—James Joyce, 1922