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Time, eftsoon will tumble
  All of us together like leaves in a gust,
    Humbled indeed down into the dust.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Fallen Leaves Down into the Dust (st. 5)

Time, the subtle thief of youth.
      - John Milton

Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.
      - John Milton, Hymn on the Nativity (l. 135)

Day and night,
  Seed-time and harvest, heat and hoary frost
    Shall hold their course, till fire purge all things new.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 898)

Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.
      - Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
         (ch. 38)

I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
      - Marilyn Monroe

Time steals away without any inconvenience.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Time is the sovereign physician of our passions.
  [Fr., Le temps . . . souverain medecin de nos passions.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. IV)

There are no fragments so precious as those of time, and none are so heedlessly lost by people who cannot make a moment, and yet can waste years.
      - James Montgomery

Time softly there
  Laughs through the abyss of radiance with the gods.
      - William Vaughn Moody, The Fire-Bringer
         (act I)

Time, still as he flies, adds increase to her truth,
  And gives to her mind what he steals from her youth.
      - Edward Moore, The Happy Marriage

He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has time to be sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to die; he who can find no time to reflect is most likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find time to work for others may find an eternity in which to suffer for himself.
      - Hannah More

Hours are Time's shafts, and one comes winged with death.
      - Motto,
        of the Scottish Clock, also found on the clock at Keir House, near Dunblane, Scotland, the seat of Sir William Sterling Maxwell

It is astonishing what a lot of odd minutes one can catch during the day, if one really sets about it.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

Surely in a matter of this kind we should endeavor to do something, that we may say that we have not lived in vain, that we may leave some impress of ourselves on the sands of time.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I),
        from his alleged letter to his Minister of the Interior on the Poor Laws, published in "The Press", Feb. 1, 1868

You may be more prodigal of time than of money.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Old Time, who changes all below to wean men gently for the grave.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

For each age is a dream that is dying,
  Or one that is coming to birth.
      - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy,
        We are the Music Makers

We must improve our time; time goes with rapid foot.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

While I am speaking the hour flies.
  [Lat., Dum loquor hora fugit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (bk. I, 11, 15)

Time steals on and escapes us, like the swift river that glides on with rapid stream.
  [Lat., Labitur occulte, fallitque volubilis aetas,
    Ut celer admissis labitur amnis aquis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (I, 8, 49)

In time the unmanageable young oxen come to the plough; in time the horses are taught to endure the restraining bit.
  [Lat., Tempore difficiles veniunt ad aratra juvenci;
    Tempore lenta pati frena docentur equi.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 471)

Neither will the wave which has passed be called back; nor can the hour which has gone by return.
  [Lat., Nec, quae praeteriit, iterum revocabitur unda:
    Nec, quae praeteriit, hora redire potest.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. III, 63)

Heaven makes sport of human affairs, and the present hour gives no sure promise of the next.
  [Lat., Ludit in humanis divina potentia rebus,
    Et certam praesens vix habet hora fidem.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 3, 49)

Time glides by and we grow old with the silent years; and the days flee away with no restraining curb.
  [Lat., Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis;
    Et fugiunt fraeno non remorante dies.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (VI, 771)

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