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Time’s violence rends the soul; by the rent eternity enters.

—Simone Weil, 1947

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

—Novalis, c. 1798

This is Year Zero.

—Pol Pot, 1975

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

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

—Jane Austen, 1814

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

—John Berger, 1984

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 46 BC

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

—Charles Lamb, 1810

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

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

—Ben Jonson, 1601

Our allotted time is the passing of a shadow.

—Book of Wisdom, c. 100 BC

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

The past is always tense and the future, perfect.

—Zadie Smith, 2000