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Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,
  Four spend ion prayer, the rest on nature fix.
    [Lat., Sex horas somno, totidem des legibus aequis
      Quatuor orabis, des epulisque duas;
        Quod superest ultro sacris largire Camoenis.]
      - introduced by Lord Edward Coke,
        Institutes of the Laws of England
         (bk. II, ch. I, section 85)

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Time is the measurer of all things, but is itself immeasurable; and the grand discloser of all things, but it itself undisclosed.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Time is the most indefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of the lightning, at once exists and expires.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Time is the most subtle yet the most insatiable of depredators, and by appearing to take nothing is permitted to take all; nor can it be satisfied until it has stolen the world from us, and us from the world. It constantly flies, yet overcomes all things by flight; and although it is the present ally, it will be the future conqueror of death.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counselor of the wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Time,--that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Touch us gently, Time!
  Let us glide adown thy stream
    Gently,--as we sometimes glide
      Through a quiet dream!
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
        A Petition to Time

Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,
  But an eternal Now does always last.
      - Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. I)

His time's forever, everywhere his place.
      - Abraham Cowley, Friendship in Absence
         (st. 3)

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise,
  He who defers this work from day to day,
    Does on a river's bank expecting stay,
      Till the whole stream, which stopped him, should be gone,
        That runs, and as it runs, for ever will run on.
      - Abraham Cowley,
        The Danger of Procrastination

Time, as he passes us, has a dove's wing,
  Unsoil'd, and swift, and of a silken sound.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 211)

See Time has touched me gently in his race,
  And left no odious furrows in my face.
      - George Crabbe, Tales of the Hall
         (bk. XVII, The Widow, st. 3)

Swift speedy Time, feathered with flying hours,
  Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.
      - Samuel Daniel, Delia

The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.
  [It., Che'l perder tempo a chi piu sa piu spiace.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (III, 78)

In rivers the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes: so with time present.
      - Leonardo da Vinci

O time, thou that consumest all things! O envious age, thou destroyest all things and devourest all things with the hard teeth of the years, little by little, in slow death! Helen, when she looked in the mirror and was the withered wrinkles which old age had made in her face, wept, and wondered to herself why she ever had been twice carried away.
      - Leonardo da Vinci

A fig for Time! Use him well, and he's a hearty follow.
      - Charles Dickens

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all! . . . his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his Hands are mutes.
      - Charles Dickens, Hard Times (I, 14)

He who gains time gains everything.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Time is precious; but truth is more precious than time.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day and the race a life.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Sybil (bk. I, ch. II)

Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
  Alas, Times stays, we go.
      - Henry Austin Dobson, Proverbs in Porcelain
         (The Paradox of Time, st. 1)

Time, to the nation as to the individual, is nothing absolute; its duration depends on the rate of thought and feeling.
      - John William Draper,
        History of the Intellectual Development of Europe
         (vol. I, ch. I)

When Time shall turne those Amber Lockes to Gray.
      - Michael Drayton,
        England's Heroical Epistles

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