We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
– Nelson Mandela
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
– Thomas Hardy
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
– John Wooden
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
“Fear of death is a form of stasis horrors. The dead weight of time.”
― William S. Burroughs, Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
“The time came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became more painful than the risk it took to bloom.”
― Anais Nin
“Genealogy becomes a mania, an obsessive struggle to penetrate the past and snatch meaning from an infinity of names. At some point the search becomes futile – there is nothing left to find, no meaning to be dredged out of old receipts, newspaper articles, letters, accounts of events that seemed so important fifty or seventy years ago. All that remains is the insane urge to keep looking, insane because the searcher has no idea what he seeks. What will it be? A photograph? A will? A fragment of a letter? The only way to find out is to look at everything, because it is often when the searcher has gone far beyond the border of futility that he finds the object he never knew he was looking for.”
― Henry Wiencek, The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White
Lost time is never found again.
“I don’t need time, I need a deadline.”
― Duke Ellington
“Contemporary’ was in those days  synonymous with ‘modern’ as it had not been before and is not now .”
― A.S. Byatt, The Virgin in the Garden
“On the church vaulting above was the clock-face of eternity, void of number and serving as its own hand, only one black finger was pointing and the dead wanted to tell the time by it.”
― Jean Paul
“What exactly did people do when they had all the time in the world and could do whatever they liked? (p 153)”
― Sharon Creech, Chasing Redbird
“Of no distemper, of no blast he died,
But fell like autumn fruit that mellowed long —
Even wondered at, because he dropped no sooner.
Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years,
Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more;
Till like a clock worn out with eating time,
The wheels of weary life at last stood still.”
― John Dryden, Oedipus: A Tragedy
“Because time does the job, dynamite can’t touch. (Samuel Hamilton)”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”
― Robert Greene, Mastery
“The man asked me where all my friends were at. I said ‘I don’t have any friends.’ He asked me ‘Well, what happened to your friends?’ What happened? College and jobs, projects and PowerPoints, money, feelings, priorities, parties and alcohol, distance, pride, cars, music, boyfriends and girlfriends, jealousy, fights, words, opinions, changes, maturation and decadence, lust, hate, drugs, drinking and smoking, hell raising, cursing and spitting, too-much too-little, hear nor there, apologies and mistakes, good decisions and bad decisions…..time…..life. That’s what happened. Life.”
― B.S. Wood
“Time, though infinite, is paradoxically also short, and, to be blunt, getting shorter.”
― James Treadwell, Anarchy
“Time, the spaces of light and dark, had long since lost orderliness.”
― William Faulkner, Light in August
“There are those of us who learn to live completely in the moment. For such people the Past vanishes and the future loses meaning. There is only the Present, which means that two of the three Aalim are surplus to requirements. And then there are those of us who are trapped in yesterdays, in the memory of a lost love, or a childhood home, or a dreadful crime. And some people live only for a better tomorrow; for them the past ceases to exist”
― Salaman Rushdie
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”
― John Adams
“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.”
― Carl Sagan
“When I sit up I am greeted by the world. Level with the treetops I look down on sparrows swooping in and out of the branches. The tide, the new rising moon, the clouds, the wind – these greet me. These are my allies. The whole planet is laid out before me and available for whatever adventure the day will take me on.
By comparison, living in society seems to require an alarm clock. Primarily assembled from angst and fish anuses, these contraptions, regardless of your soul’s whereabouts, will slap and assault you into a pitiful state of what passes for consciousness. Your first sight is the Time, an arragement of molecules on the clock’s face to whom you will be enslaved for the rest of the day. You may as well call him “master.” Next, a pile of dirty clothes on the floor, a knocked-over glass of water, and so forth, until you are so overwhelmed with despair that to prevent hurling yourself through the window, you must ignore your personal bill of rights, put on an acceptable frown, and go about your business, disregarding the pleas from you increasingly timid soul.”
― Daniel Hays, On Whale Island: Notes from a Place I Never Meant to Leave
“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Now you know.”
― Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
“Time is simply the measurement of human progression against that of existence.”
― Gerald M. Givens
“… but I must reluctantly observe that two causes, the abbreviation of time, and the failure of hope, will always tinge with a browner shade the evening of life.”
― Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of My Life
“I think I have many spenglerian moods about the country, and that some day people will look back and think ‘this was a really goofy, unadmirable stupid time.”
― Dick Cavett
“Time is like a sword, if you don’t cut it, it will cut you.”
― Imam Shafi
“Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.”
“Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay, which would make me their miserable bondsman.”
― George R. Gissing