The time to relax is when
you donít have the
time for it.
Sydney J. Harris
We cannot separate our lives from time.
Why is it that we are so extravagant,
so thoughtless, in our waste of time, especially in youth, when we
so tenaciously to life? You cannot separate a wasted hour
from the same duration
of your life. If you waste your time, you must waste your
life. If you improve
your time, you cannot help improving your life.
Time is an equal opportunity employer.
Each human being has exactly
number of hours and
minutes every day. Rich
people canít buy
more hours. Scientists canít invent new minutes.
And you canít save time
to spend it on
Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how
much time youíve wasted in the past, you
still have an entire
depends upon using it wiselyóby planning and
people know what time it is in their own lives and in the life of
community. They know that sensing the kairos (the prepared or ripe
is more important
than conforming to the compulsive rhythm of chronological
time. Thus, wise people
are able to give themselves gracefully to seemingly contradictory
they know that they belong to different seasons
of life, all of
which are necessary to the
whole. Spring and winter, growth and
decay, creativity and
fallowness, health and
sickness, power and impotence,
and life and death all belong
within the economy of being.
is nature's way of preventing
everything from happening at once.
It is a strangely irrational notion that there is
something in the very flow
of time that will inevitably cure all
ills. Actually time
is neutral. It can
used either destructively or constructively.
I am coming to feel that
the people of ill will have used
time much more effectively than the people
of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely
the vitriolic words
and actions of the bad people,
but for the
appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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who is afraid of time becomes a prey of time.
But time itself becomes a prey
of that one who is not afraid of it.
The need to make wise
we have time for
limited amount of
to choose wisely
stuff we're going
to allow to
take up that
amount of time
to spend with friends
our activities wisely.
Elaine St. James
Minutes are worth more than money.
Spend them wisely.
Thomas P. Murphy
Waste of time is the most extravagant
and costly of all expenses.
you spend your time is more important
than how you spend your money.
Money mistakes can be corrected,
but time is gone forever.
is your greatest advisor. Time will tell you if you can
waste your life
in illusion and fantasy thoughts, dwelling over past regrets and
apprehensions. Just ask time, and time will point
there are no survivors.
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is too slow for those who wait, too swift
for those who
fear, too long for those who grieve,
too short for those
who rejoice; but for
those who love, time is eternity.
Henry van Dyke
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Many of us cannot grasp the truth that the time
allotted to us
on this earth is sufficient for all the Lord has
planned for us to do.
donít need one minute more or one minute less to get the job
fear is running out of time. So we hurry through life
trying desperately to get everything
fast food in the car, and racing down the
freeway. . . . Today, this
very day, why donít you think of
something that takes a bit of extra
time to do and do it. . . .
Maybe it will be an act of generosity or a
kindness directed towards a loved one or a stranger.
Perhaps it will be simply singing a hymn of praise and
because your heart is so full of gratitude.
Donít wait for another
Rejoice in this day and be glad.
the true value of time! Snatch, seize, and enjoy
moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
who make the worst use of their time are
the first to
complain of its shortness.
is flowing. The Great River of Time takes everything
with it, and nothing in this world remains unchanged or
talk about saving time and killing time when actually
we can't do either. We have no choice but
to spend it at a constant and flowing rate.
created time and gave it to us. It is his fundamental gift,
for all other gifts are conditioned upon it. Why should we
it so grudgingly to his service? Why should we not lavish
upon the things that God knows and we know are vital things?
is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock,
the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months,
years, centuries--these are but arbitrary and outward signs,
the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of
should be nothing to you. Who asked you to count them
or consider them? In the world of wild Nature, time is
by seasons only--the bird does not know how old it is--the
rose-tree does not count its birthdays!
mellows people as it mellows wine, as long as the grapes are good.
You may set out to be a businesswoman or businessman but in the
course of time end up caring for a dying parent, orphaned niece,
or disabled brother.
You may encounter illness yourself and end up
being a writer, touching the heartstrings, not the purse strings
of other people.
Thatís why itís best to always be true to yourself
and God and to be flexible within His will.
He will use you.
It is never a waste of time to be outdoors, and never a waste of time
to lie down and rest even for a couple of hours. It is then that images
float up and then that I plan my work. But it is a waste of time to see
people who have only a social surface to show. I will make every
effort to find out the real person, but if I canít, then I am upset
and cross. Time wasted is poison.
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|Time is the inexplicable raw material of
everything. With it, all is possible; without it,
nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily
miracle, and affair genuinely astonishing when one
You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is
magically filled with twenty-four hours of the
unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life!
It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions.
. . . No one can take it from you. It is unstealable.
And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
In the realm of time there is no aristocracy of wealth,
and no aristocracy of intellect. Genius is never
rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is
no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious
commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never
be withheld from you. . . . Moreover, you cannot draw on
the future. Impossible to get into debt! You
can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste
tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the
next hour; it is kept for you.
I have said the affair was a miracle. Is it not?
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily
time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure,
money, content, respect, and the evolution of your
immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective
use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most
thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your
happiness--the elusive prize that you are clutching for,
my friends--depends on that.
If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours
a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure,
one does muddle one's whole life indefinitely.
We shall never have any more time. We have, and we
have always had, all the time there is.
has two aspects. There is the arrow, the running river,
without which there is
no change, no progress, or direction, or creation. And there
is the circle or the
cycle, without which there is chaos, meaningless succession of
a world without clocks or seasons or promises.
Ursula K. LeGuin
Time is not a road--it is a
not all sorrow in time, all self-torment and fear in time?
Were not all difficulties and evil in the world conquered as soon
one conquered time, as soon as one dispelled time?
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time and the present moment are the same. . .
You have only to understand that time has no real existence.
conceived, time is the friend of all who are in any way in
adversity, for its mazy road winds in and out of the shadows
sooner or later into sunshine, and when one is at its darkest
point one can be certain that presently it will grow brighter.
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.
Donít be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days
year as you make use of.
One person gets only a weekís
value out of
a year while
another person gets a full yearís value out of a week.
isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time
is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give
your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life.
who every morning plan the transactions of the day and follows out
that plan carry a thread that will guide them through the
of the most busy life. . . if the disposition of time is
merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
An Italian philosopher said
that "time was his estate"; an estate indeed which
will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always
abundantly repay the
labors of industry, and generally satisfy the most extensive
desires, if no part
of it be suffered to lie in waste by negligence, to be overrun
noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use.
Time is lost when we have
not lived a full human life, time unenriched
by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.
Time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No
matter how much time you've wasted
in the past, you still
have an entire today. If you've just frittered away
hour procrastinating, you will still be given the next
hour to start on priorities.
contains one great paradox: No one has enough time,
and yet everyone has all there is. Time is not the
problem is separating the urgent from the
live means to experience--through doing, feeling, thinking.
takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce
have. Over the years, the content of experience
will determine the
quality of life. Therefore one of the most
essential decisions any of us can make
time is allocated or invested.