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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

I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.

—Marilyn Monroe, 1962

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

—Charles Lamb, 1810

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

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

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

—John Berger, 1984

I look for the end of the future, but it never ceases to arrive. 

—Zhuangzi, c. 325 BC

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

—Johannes Kepler, 1605

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

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 46 BC

Time’s ruins build eternity’s mansions.

—James Joyce, 1922

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

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

—Simone Weil, 1947

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