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TIME
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Thus times do shift; each thing his turne does hold;
  New things succeed, as former things grow old.
      - Robert Herrick,
        Ceremonies for Candlemas Eve

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
  Old Time is still a flying,
    And this same flower that smiles to-day,
      To-morrow will be dying.
      - Robert Herrick, Hesperides (208)

But what says the Greek? "In the morning of like, work; in the midday, give counsel; in the evening, pray."
      - Hesiod, Fragments

Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes,
  Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
    He keeps all his customers in arrears
      By lending them minutes and charging them years.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Poems of the Class of '29--Our Banker

River is time in water; as it came, still so it flows, yet never is the same.
      - Barten Holyday (Holiday)

On day is pressed on by another.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

While we are speaking envious time will have fled. Seize the present day.
  [Lat., Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
    Aetas: carpe diem.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. I, 11, 7)

Enjoy the present day, trusting very little to the morrow.
  [Lat., Carpe diem, quam minime credula postero.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. I, 11, 8)

Postumus, Postumus, the years glide by us:
  Alas! no piety delays the wrinkles,
    Not the indomitable hand of Death.
      [Lat., Eheu fugaces Postume, Postume,
        Labuntur anni, nec pietas moram
          Rugis et instanti senectae
            Afferet, indomitae que morti.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. II, 14, 1)

What does not destructive time destroy?
  [Lat., Damnosa quid non imminuit dies?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. III, 6, 45)

Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
  [Lat., Quidquid sub terra est, in apricum proferet aetas;
    Defodiet condetque nitentia.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 6, 24)

Each passing year robs us of some possession.
  [Lat., Singula de nobis anni praedantur euntes.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (II, 2, 55)

In the hour's short space comes swift death, or joyful victory.
  [Lat., Horae
    Memento cita mors venit, aut victoria laeta.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (bk. I, 1, 7)

Observe a method in the distribution of your time. Every hour will then know its proper employment, and no time will be lost. Idleness will be shut out at every avenue, and with her that numerous body of vices that make up her train.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.
      - William Dean Howells

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
      - Victor Hugo

How short our happy days appear!
  How long the sorrowful!
      - Jean Ingelow, The Mariner's Cave (st. 38)

The wheel of time rolls downward through various changes.
  [Lat., Per varios praeceps casus rota volvitur aevi.]
      - Titus Caius Silius Italicus, Punica
         (VI, 121)

No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.
      - Thomas Jefferson

To the true teacher, time's hour-glass should still run gold-dust.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimens of Jerrold's Wit--Time

The vicious count their years; the virtuous their acts.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Time quickly puts an end to artificial and accidental fame.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

And panting Time toil'd after him in vain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Prologue on Opening the Drury Lane Theatre
         (l. 6)

Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven,
  Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven.
      - Sir William Jones,
        Ode in Imitation of Alcoeus


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