Quotes: Time

August 18, 2008

A few quotations about time:

The Value of Time

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.
–Benjamin Franklin

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.
–Carl Sandburg

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
–Theophrastus (372 BC – 287 BC)

All my possessions for a moment of time.
–Elizabeth I

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have. Spend it wisely.

Remember that time is money.
–Benjamin Franklin

Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.
–Thomas P. Murphy

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure?

As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.
–John Mason

The Shortness of Time

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn’t seem to be working.

Time is a fixed income and, as with any income, the real problem facing most of us is how to live successfully within our daily allotment.
–Margaret B. Johnstone

The Right Time

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
–Scottish Proverb

“At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.”

The Accumulation of Time

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
–Annie Dillard

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
–Maria Edgeworth

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for hours will take care of themselves
–Philip Dormer Stanhope – 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Time Misused

Lost time is never found again.
–Benjamin Franklin

Lost time is never found again.
–John H. Aughey

We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.
–Alice Bloch

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.
–Horace Mann

Taking Control of Time

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.
–Michael Althsuler

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
–Charles Buxton

Life offers two great gifts – time, and the ability to choose how we spend it. Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.
–Richard I. Winword

Time Enough

There’s time enough, but none to spare.
–Charles W. Chestnutt

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
–Rabindranath Tagore

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.

The Present

God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.
–Marianne Williamson


I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.
–E.V. Lucas

The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time.
–Leo Kennedy

Punctuality is the thief of time.
–Oscar Wilde

The Illusiveness of Time

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.
–Douglas Adams


Principle: Life is too short…

July 1, 2008

…to iron underpants.


Quote: Whatever is Worth Doing…

April 14, 2008

“Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well, and nothing can be well done without attention.”
– Earl of Chesterfield

TV Without a Licence

April 2, 2008

This post has moved to MarksInTheSand.com.

What Really Matters to You?

April 5, 2007

I was listening to recording of a talk given some years ago by Dr. Edwin Louis Cole. He observed that there can be a difference between what people say is important to them. He noted that we invest our lives in the the things that really matter to us, no matter what we say (or think) we care about. He says that you can tell what really matters to a person by looking at two pieces of evidence: their diary and their bank statement.

There are people that I consider important to me. Do I really prioritise them above other things? More importantly, I (somewhat arrogantly) consider myself to be Christian. Do I actually give first place in my life to Christ?

When I look at the evidence, my diary and my bank statement, I recognise that there are changes I need to make.

Remember the Film, Clockwise?

March 20, 2007

A funny thing happened on the way to…
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Predicting the Future: Part II

February 17, 2007

People often seem to think that it would be useful to see what will happen in the future. I think we already can.

  • The ability to see into the past = memory.
  • The ability to see into the future = intention.

The real trick, of course,  is to understand what on earth is going on in the here and now…

Predicting the Future

February 15, 2007

Crystal BallIt has been said that the best predictor of a person’s behaviour is that how that person behaved in the past.

From my point of view, it is good news that this is not a particularly reliable method of prediction: most people did not send me lots of money yesterday.

How To: Travel Back in Time

February 10, 2007

A Simple Guide to Time Travel

  1. Visit an antiquarian book seller in Notting Hill, the one that has K.S.Dale’s marvelously quirky book, “Queer Engines: A History of Curious Contraptions”, in the window .
  2. Purchase said monograph.
  3. Following the instructions in this wonderful book, construct your time machine. You’ll find all the materials you need stashed in secret locations in the Notting Hill area.
  4. Use the time machine to visit times past. Have fun!
  5. It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to make money from Time Travel (think betting shop).  Do this. Make a lot of money.
  6. Sometime in the past, write a book called “Curious Engines and Queer Contraptions”, which includes full details of how to build a time machine. Publish a single copy using you nom de plume K.S.Dale. At the same time, purchase the materials you need to build the time machine and hide them where you will find them later.

Would it be mercenary of me to ask for a percentage on any money you make, given that I’ve provided you with this simple guide?

Of course it would.

10% would be quite acceptable.