For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 250 BC

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

—Johannes Kepler, 1605

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

—Cormac McCarthy, 1992

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

 Do not lessen the time of following desire, for the wasting of time is an abomination to the spirit.

—Ptahhotep, c. 2350 BC

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

—Marguerite Duras, 1987

Our allotted time is the passing of a shadow.

—Book of Wisdom, c. 100 BC

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

—Ben Jonson, 1601

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

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

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

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

—Novalis, c. 1798