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Time conquers all, and we must time obey.
      - Alexander Pope, Winter (l. 88)

Remorseless time! fierce spirit of the glass and scythe,--what power can stay him in his silent course, or melt his iron heart with pity!
      - George Denison Prentice

Time knows not the weight of sleep or weariness, and night's deep darkness has no chain to bind his rushing pinion.
      - George Denison Prentice

Gone! gone forever!--like a rushing wave
  Another year has burst upon the shore
    Of earthly being--and its last low tones,
      Wandering in broken accents in the air,
        Are dying to an echo.
      - George Denison Prentice, Flight of Years

Hours are golden links, God's token
  Reaching heaven; but one by one
    Take them, lest the chain be broken
      Ere the pilgrimage be done.
      - Adelaide Anne Procter

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it, and habit fills up what remains.
      - Marcel Proust

Now or never.
  [Lat., Nunc aut nunquam.]
      - Proverb

Expect, but fear not, Death: Death cannot kill,
  Till Time (that first must seal his patent) will.
    Would'st thou live long? keep Time in high esteem:
      Whom gone, if thou canst not recall, redeem.
      - Francis Quarles,
        Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man (ep. 6)

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it.
  [Lat., Dum deliberamus quando incipiendum sit, incipiere jam serum est.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) XII, 6, 3

He briskly and cheerfully asked him how man should kill time.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. IV, ch. LXIII)

E'en such is time! which takes in trust
  Our youth, our joys, and all we have;
    And pays us naught but age and dust,
      Which, in the dark and silent grave,
        When we have wandered all our ways,
          Shuts up the story of our days.
            And from which grave, and earth, and dust,
              The Lord will raise me up, I trust.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        written in his Bible, see Cayley's "Life of Raleigh", vol. II, ch. IX

Great events are the hour-hands of time, while small events mark the minutes.
      - Andrew Michael Ramsay (Chevalier de Ramsay)

Hour after hour departs,
  Recklessly flying;
    The golden time of our hearts
      Is fast a-dying:
        O, how soon it will have faded!
          Joy droops, with forehead shaded;
            And Memory starts.
      - John Hamilton Reynolds, Hour After Hour

Time is a continual over-dropping of moments, which fall down one upon the other and evaporate.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Time is the chrysalis of eternity.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Opinions, theories, and systems pass by turns over the grindstone of time, which at first gives them brilliancy and sharpness, but finally wears them out.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Time, like a flurry of wild rain,
  Shall drift across the darkened pane!
      - Charles George Douglas Roberts,
        The Unsleeping

By many a temple half as old as Time.
      - Samuel Rogers, Italy

To vanish in the chinks that Time has made.
      - Samuel Rogers, Italy-Poestum (l. 59)

Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Time is scytheless and toothless; it is we who gnaw like the worm; we who smite like the scythe. It is ourselves who abolish, ourselves who consume; we are the mildew and the flame, and the soul of man is to its own work as the moth that frets when it cannot fly, and as the hidden flame that blasts where it cannot illumine.
      - John Ruskin

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
      - Jean-Paul Sartre

How slowly the hours pass to the unhappy.
  [Fr., Que pour les malheureux l'heure lentement fuit!]
      - Bernard Joseph Saurin, Blanche et Guiscard
         (V, 5)

For time consecrates, and what is gray with age becomes religion.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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