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On Time...


We all have different amounts of wealth, but we all have the same amount of time. This means we can all be equally creative and can equally fritter our allotted span away on useless and ultimately meaningless things.

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‘Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.’

Douglas Adams

‘He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.’

Francis Bacon

‘Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.’

Hector Berlioz

‘Time is like money; the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.’

Josh Billings

‘Light tomorrow with today.’

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

‘Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.’

Miguel de Cervantes

‘If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.’

John Cleese

‘Time is an illusion.’

Albert Einstein

‘The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.’

Albert Einstein

‘Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler, and speaks even when not asked.’


‘This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘The more you think, the more time you have.’

Henry Ford

‘The only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.’

Henry Ford

Innovation is hard to schedule.’

Dan Fylstra

‘You cannot fight against future. Time is on our side.’

William Gladstone

‘Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.’

Thomas Hardy

‘Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendour.’


‘We must use time creatively—and forever realise that the time is always hope to do great things.’

Martin Luther King

‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.’

Abraham Lincoln

‘Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.’

Groucho Marx

‘When you are completely absorbed or caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination.’

Rollo May

‘I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.’

Blaise Pascal

‘It takes a long time to grow young.’

Pablo Picasso

‘It is no great wonder if in long process of time, while fortune takes her course hither and thither, numerous coincidences should spontaneously occur. If the number and variety of subjects to be wrought upon be infinite, it is all the more easy for fortune, with such an abundance of material, to effect this similarity of results.’


‘Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.’

Auguste Rodin

‘It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.’

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

‘Time discovers truth.’

Lucius Seneca

‘It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.’

Gertrude Stein

‘Time is but the stream I go a fishing in.’

Henry David Thoreau

‘It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper understanding.’

Vincent van Gogh

‘They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.’

Andy Warhol

‘He who lives in the present lives in eternity.’

Lugwig Wittgenstein

‘Procrastination is the thief of time.’

Edward Young



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