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Famous Quotes on Time From History

These quotes don't have much to do with watches, but relate to time and how valuable time is. Time is an intrinsic intangible part of everyday life. Time is the paradoxical breath of life that creates and destroys all things.

Man has long yearned to understand time from a technical perspective. Many scientists have dedicated their lives trying to understand, document and teach what time is. Some scientific thought is detailed in The Paradox of Time section.
As well as scientists, many great thinkers, philosophers, artists and poets have tried to unravel the mysteries of time and how time affects our lives in many different ways. They have tried to understand how time dictates lives from earth to ashes, and no matter what we do, time cannot be altered by man.
We can understand, conceptualise, analyse and theorise time - but we cannot conquer it, we are merely followers from cradle to grave. We are just specs of dust and our lives are a blink of an eye trailing time in the wake of eternity.

Light Hearted Quotes on Clocks and Time

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana." Anonymous
"Time heals all wounds - Time wounds all heels" anon? sent in by Joel O'Rourke

More Serious Quotes on Clocks and Time

"Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey that reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived it. After all, Number One, we're only mortal" Captain Jean Luc Picard Star Trek Generations Paramount Pictures, 1994, sent in by Mike Partington
"And naked to the hangman's noose, The morning clocks will ring, A neck God made for other use, Than strangling in a string"  A.E. Housman 1859-1939, English poet and scholar, A Shropshire Lad, 1896.
"All my possessions for a moment of time" Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland 1533-1603, her last words, 1603 (she reigned from 1558-1603)
"Time, the avenger!"  Lord Byron 1788-1824, English poet, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, 1812-18.
"Time, the devourer of everything."  Ovid (Publius Ovidius, Naso) 43 BC-AD 17, Roman poet
"For Tyme ylost may nought recovered be" (for time you lost, may nothing be recovered)  Geoffrey Chaucer 1343-1400, English Poet, Troilus and Criseyde
"Perfection is the child of Time"  Joseph Hall 1574-1656, English bishop, Works 1625
"Procrastination is the thief of time."  Edward Young 1683-1765, English poet and playwright, Night Thoughts, 1742-5
"What do the ravages of time not injure?"  Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) 65-08 BC Roman Poet, Odes.
"The silent touches of time"  Edmund Burke 1729-97, Irish politician, Letter to William Smith, 29th Jan 1795
"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them"  Dion Boucicault (Dionysuis Boursiquot) 1820-90, Irish playwright, London Assurance 1841.
"Remember that time is money"  Benjamin Franklin 1706-90, American politician, inventor and scientist, advice to a tradesman 1748
"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"  Henry David Thoreau 1817-62, American writer 1854
"Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go"  Henry Austin Dobson 1840-1921, English poet and essayist, "The Paradox of Time" 1877.
"Nae man can tether time or tide" Robert Burns 1759-96, Scottish Poet, "Tam o' Shanter" 1791
"What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare"  W.H Davies 1870-1940, Welsh poet, 'Leisure' 1911 (written when he was a homeless, jobless vagrant)
"Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them"  Charles Lamb, 1775-1834, English Writer, Letter to Thomas Manning, 2nd January 1810
"I am just going outside and may be some time" Captain Lawrence Oates 1880-1912, English Polar explorer, Last words, in Scott's Last Expedition 1913 (Scott's diary entry 16-17 March 1912, as Oates, suffering from gangrene left the tent to die, leaving the precious provisions for the remaining party, who nod understandingly)
"Why, I hold fate Clasped in my fist, and could command the course of time's eternal motion, hadst thou been one thought more steady than an ebbing sea"  John Ford 1586-1639, English playwright, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, 1633
"Time hovers o'er, impatient to destroy, And shuts up all the passages of joy"  Samuel Johnson 1709-84, English poet, critic and lexicographer, The Vanity of Human Wishes, 1749
"And Time, a maniac scattering dust"  Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809-92, English poet, In memorium A.H.H, 1850
"Time has no divisions to mark it's passage"  Thomas Mann 1875-1955, German Novelist, The Magic Mountain, 1924
"Time has three dimensions and one positive pitch or direction"  Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-89, English poet and priest, Creation and Redemption, 1881
"Ye Gods! annihilate but space and time" Alexander Pope 1688-1744, English poet, Martinus Scriblerus, 1727
"As old Time makes these decay, So his flames must waste away"  Thomas Carew 1595-1640, English poet and courtier, Disdain Returned, 1640
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh; The fundamental things apply, as time goes by" Herman Hupfeld 1894-1951, American songwriter, "As time goes by" 1931
"...the great end comes slowly, because time is long."  W.E.B Du Bois 1868-1963, American activist, last message, June 1957
"The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats"  William Graves 1895-1985, English poet, Counting the beats, 1951
"In reality, killing time, is only the name for another of the multiple ways, by which time kills us"  Osbert Sitwell 1892-1969, 'Milordo Inglese' 1958
"Besmeared with sluttish time"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Sonnet 54
"The spitit of time will teach me speed"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, King John (1591-8)
"Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Twelfth Night, 1601.
"Time hath, my Lord, a wallet at his back, Wherein he put alms for oblivion"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Troilus and Cressida, 1602
"Old Time the clock-setter, that bald sexton, Time."  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, King John (1591-8)
"What seest thou else, In the dark backward and abysm of time?"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, The Tempest (1611)
"When in the chronicle of wasted time" William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Sonnet 106
"When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced" William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Sonnet 64
"Time's thievish progress to eternity"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Sonnet 77
"If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me..."  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Macbeth, 1608
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Richard II 1595
"Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Macbeth, 1608
"The end crowns all, And that old common arbitrator, Time, Will one day end it"  William Shakespeare 1564-1616, English playwright, Troilus and Cressida, 1602
"What's not destroyed by Time's devouring hand?"  James Branston, English clergyman and poet 1694-1744, Art of Politics, 1729
"...the bloody hand that drew from the womb of time..."  Heinrich Heine 1797-1856, Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland, 1834
"While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: sieze the day, put no trust in the future"  Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) 65-08 BC Roman Poet, Odes.
"And departing, leave behind us footprints in the sands of time"  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, English poet, 1807-82, 'A Psalm of Life' 1838
"The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time"  W.B Yeats 1865-1939, Irish poet, 1933
"Healing is a matter of Time"  Hippocrates 460-357 BC, Greek physician
"Heavily laden with time expired men, Bound for the land they adore." Hughes and Lake, Bless 'em all 1940, (troop song in WW2)
"In search of lost time"  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French novelist, title of a novel
"Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity"  Marcus Aurelius, AD 121-80, Roman Emperor from 161, Meditations, bk. 6
"Time is a violent torrent"  Marcus Aurelius, AD 121-80, Roman Emperor from 161, Meditations, bk. 4
"You cannot fight against the future.  Time is on our side."  W.E. Gladstone, 1809-98, English politician, speech 1866
"Time like an ever rolling stream, Bears all it's sons away"  Isaac Watts 1674-1748, English Hymn-writer, Psalms of David Imitated, 1719.
"And time remembered is grief forgotten" Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837-1909, English poet, Atlanta in Claydon, 1865
"Time with a gift of tears"  Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837-1909, English poet, Atlanta in Claydon, 1865
"The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike, the devil will come"  Christopher Marlowe 1564-93, English playwright and poet, Doctor Faustus, 1604
"But meanwhile it is flying, irretrievable time is flying"  Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) 70-19 BC Roman poet, Georgics no. 4
"Keeping time time time In a sort of Runic rhyme"  Alland Edgar Poe 1809-49 American writer, The Bells, 1849
"Had we but world enough, and time..."  Andrew Marvell 1621-78, English poet, To His coy Mistress" 1681
"Where time doth end, and thoughts accuse the dead"  Fulke Greville 1554-1628, English writer and poet, Caelica, 1633
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UPDATED 16:58 FRIDAY 11/05/2012
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