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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

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

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

—Charles Lamb, 1810

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

—John Berger, 1984

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

—Marilyn Monroe, 1962

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 violence rends the soul; by the rent eternity enters.

—Simone Weil, 1947

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

—Johannes Kepler, 1605

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

—Myrtle Reed, 1910

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

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

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

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