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I dimly guess what Time in mists confounds;
Yet ever and anon a trumpet sounds
From the hid battlements of Eternity;
Those shaken mists a space unsettle, then
Round the half-glimpsed turrets slowly wash again.
- Francis Thompson, Hound of Heaven (l. 143)
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau
Time is but a stream I go a fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom, and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper, fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.
- Henry David Thoreau
Time passes cold and indifferent over us; it knows nothing of our joys or sorrows; it leads us with ice-cold hand deeper and deeper into the labyrinth.
- Ludwig Tieck
Once in Persia reigned a king
Who upon his signet ring
Graved a maxim true and wise,
Which if held before the eyes
Gave him counsel at a glance
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words, and these are they:
"Even this shall pass away."
- Theodore Tilton,
The King's Ring (All Things Shall Pass Away)
Time tries the troth in everything.
- Thomas Tusser,
Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandrie--The Author's Epistle
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 not.
- Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
Motto for Katrina's Sun Dial--Time is too slow for those who wait,
in Mrs. Spenser Trask's Garden of Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, read at funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, where last line given as "Time is eternity."
The irreclaimable time flies.
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)
But meanwhile time flies; it flies never to be regained.
[Lat., Sed fugit interea, fugit irreparabile tempus.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
Georgics (III, 284)
The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made.
- Edmund Waller,
Verses upon his Divine Poesy
There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
- Bill Watterson,
from "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
- Archbishop Richard Whately
Who shall contend with time,--unvanquished time, the conqueror of conquerors and lord of desolation?
- Henry Kirke White
To wind the mighty secrets of the past,
And turn the key of time.
- Henry Kirke White, Time (l. 249)
Time is hastening on, and we
What our fathers are shall be,--
Shadow-shapes of memory!
Joined to that vast multitude
Where the great are but the good.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
A wonderful stream is the river of Time
As it runs through the realms of tears,
With a faultless rhythm and musical rhyme,
And a broader sweep and a surge sublime,
And blends with the ocean of years.
- probably from George John Whyte-Melville,
quote appeared in Moore's "Rural New Yorker", May 31, 1856
Time well employed is Satan's deadliest foe; it leaves no opening for the lurking fiend.
- Carlos Wilcox
And let its meaning permeate
Whatever comes, This too shall pass away.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
This too shall pass away
He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
- Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
The Picture of Dorian Gray (ch. III)
Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams
Delivered from the galling yoke of time.
- William Wordsworth, Laodamia
I put instant coffee in a microwave and almost went back in time.
- Steven Wright
Therefore fear not to assay
To gather, ye that may,
The flower that this day
Is fresher than the next.
- Sir Thomas Wyatt (Wyat),
That the Season of Enjoyment is Short
Draw rein, draw breath,
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!
- William Butler Yeats
Part with it as with money, sparing; pay no moment but in purchase of its worth: and what its worth ask death-beds; they can tell.
- Edward Young
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