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TIME
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My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.
      - Bible, Job (ch. VII, v. 6)

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XVI, v. 2-3)

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XC, v. 4)

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XC, v. 9)

For out allotted time is the passing of a shadow,
  and there is no return from our death,
    because it is sealed up and no one turns back.
      - Bible, Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha)
         (ch. II, v. 5)

Time hurries on with a resistless, unremitting stream, yet treads more soft than e'er did midnight thief, that slides his hand under the miser's pillow and carries off the prize.
      - Hugh Blair

Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me.
  [Fr., Le temps fuit, et nous traine avec soi:
    Le moment ou je parle est deja loin de moi.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Epitres
         (III, 47)

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
      - Dion Boucicault

What's not destroyed by Time's devouring hand?
      - Rev. James Bramston, Art of Politicks

Nor do they speak properly who say that time consumeth all things; for time is not effective, nor are bodies destroyed by it.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Time antiquates antiquities, and hath an art to make dust of all things.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Time sadly overcometh all things, and is now dominant, and sitteth upon a sphinx, and looketh unto Memphis and old Thebes, while his sister Oblivion reclineth semi-somnous on a pyramid, gloriously triumphing, making puzzles of Titanian erections, and turning old glories into dreams.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Think not thy time short in this world, since the world itself is not long. The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity, and a short interposition, for a time, between such a state of duration as was before it and may be after it.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Christian Morals
         (pt. III, XXIX)

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.
      - Art Buchwald

Time was made for slaves.
      - John Baldwin Buckstone, Billy Taylor

Time, O my friend, is money! Time wasted can never conduce to money well managed.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Time is money.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Money (act III, sc. 3)

Behind, he hears Time's iron gates close faintly,
  He is now far from them;
    For he has reached the city of the saintly,
      The New Jerusalem.
      - James Drummond Burns,
        Poem of a Death Believer,
        in the "Vision of Prophecy"

Some wee short hour ayont the twal.
      - Robert Burns, Death and Mr. Hornbook

Nae man can tether time or tide.
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
      - Robert Byrne

How slowly time creeps till my Phoebe returns!
  While amidst the soft zephyr's cool breezes I burn.
    Methinks if I knew whereabouts he would tread,
      I could breathe on his wings and 'twould melt down the lead.
        Fly swifter, ye minutes, bring hither my dear,
          And rest so much longer for 't when she is here.
      - John Byrom, A Pastoral

Time, the corrector when our judgments err, the test of truth and love; sole philosopher, for all besides are sophists.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

"Where is the world?" cries Young, at eighty. "Where
  The world in which a man was born?" Alas!
    Where is the world of eight years past? 'Twas there--
      I look for it--'tis gone, a globe of glass
        Cracked, shivered, vanished, scarcely gazed on ere
          A silent change dissolves the glittering mass.
            Statesmen, chiefs, orators, queens, patriots, kings,
              And dandies, all are gone on the wind's wings.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The good old times--all times when old are good--
  Are gone.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Age of Bronze


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