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

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

If both what is before and what is after are in this same “now,” things which happened ten thousand years ago would be simultaneous with what has happened today, and nothing would be before or after anything else.

—Aristotle, c. 330 BC

We wish away whole years, and travel through time as through a country filled with many wild and empty wastes, which we would fain hurry over, that we may arrive at those several little settlements or imaginary points of rest which are dispersed up and down in it.

—Joseph Addison, 1711

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

—Novalis, c. 1798

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

—Jane Austen, 1814

They say, “We only have the life of this world. We die and we live, and nothing destroys us but time.” Yet, not true knowledge have they of this—only belief.

—The Qur’an, c. 620

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

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

—Myrtle Reed, 1910

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

Time’s ruins build eternity’s mansions.

—James Joyce, 1922

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

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

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

—Charles Lamb, 1810