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Time has laid his hand
  Upon my heart, gently, not smiting it,
    But as a harper lays his open palm
      Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Golden Legend

God is the only being who has time enough; but a prudent man, who knows how to seize occasion, can commonly make a shift to find as much as he needs.
      - James Russell Lowell

Time is, after all, the greatest of poets; and the sons of Memory stand a better chance of being the heirs of Fame.
      - James Russell Lowell

What we want, we have for our pains
  The promise that if we but wait
    Till the want has burned out of our brains,
      Every means shall be present to state;
        While we send for the napkin the soup gets cold,
          While the bonnet is trimming the face grows old,
            When we've matched our buttons the pattern is sold,
              And everything comes too late--too late.
      - FitzHugh Ludlow, Too Late

Who can undo
  What time hath done? Who can win back the wind?
    Beckon lost music from a broken lute?
      Renew the redness of a last year's rose?
        Or dig the sunken sunset from the deep?
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Orval, or the Fool of Time
         (second epoch, sc. 1),
        said to be a translation of a French translation of "The Inferno"

However we pass Time, he passes still,
  Passing away whatever the pastime,
    And, whether we use him well or ill,
      Some day he gives us the slip for the last time.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Dead Pope

When time is flown, how it fled
  It is better neither to ask nor tell,
    Leave the dead moments to bury their dead.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
         (bk. IV, Two out of the Crowd, st. 17)

The hours fly around in a circle.
  [Lat., Volat hora per orbem.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (I, 641)

Time stands with impartial law.
  [Lat., Aequo stat foedare tempus.]
      - Manilius (Manlius or Mallius) (Marcus or Caius),
        Astronomica (III, 360)

No time like the present.
      - Mrs. Manley (Mary de la Riviere),
        The Lost Lover (act 4, sc. 1)

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

Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
      - Thomas Mann

Time has been given only for us to exchange each year of our life with the remembrance of truth.
      - Saint Martin of Braga

We should count time by heart-throbs.
      - James Martineau

Time, the prime minister of death! there's nought can bribe his honest will.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger

But at my back I always hear
  Time's winged chariot hurrying near.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger,
        To his coy Mistress

As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time.
      - John Mason

They that drive away time spur a free horse.
      - Robert Mason

Our acts of kindness we reserve for our friends, our bounties for our dependants, our riches for our children and relations, our praises for those who appear worthy of them, our time we give all to the world; we expose it, I may say, a prey to all mankind.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Whatever passes away is too vile to be the price of time, which is itself the price of eternity.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Such phantom blossoms palely shining
  Over the lifeless boughs of Time.
      - Edgar Lee Masters,
        Spoon River Anthology--Russell Kincaid

Time is a feathered thing,
  And, whilst I praise
    The sparkling of thy looks, and call them rays,
      Takes wing,
        Leaving behind him as he floes
          An unperceived dimness in thine eyes.
      - Jasper Mayne, Time

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
      - Golda Meir

Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

When time is flown, how it fled
  It is better neither to ask nor tell,
    Leave the dead moments to bury their dead.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

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