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Forever haltless hurries Time, the Durable to gain.
  Be true, and thou shalt fetter Time with everlasting chain.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Like a dart the present glances,
  Silent stands the past sublime.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Loitering slow, the future creepeth; arrow-swift, the present sweepeth; and motionless forever stands the past.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Think with terror on the slow, quiet power of time.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Time is a blooming field: nature is ever teeming with life: and all is seed, and all is fruit.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Day follows on the murkiest night, and, when the time comes, the latest fruits will ripen.
  [Ger., Tag wird es auf die dickste Nacht, und, kommt
    Die Zeit, so reifen auch die spat'sten Fruchte.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Jungfrau von Orleans (III, 2, 60)

Who knows what may be slumbering in the background of time!
  [Ger., O, wer weiss
    Was in der Zeiten Hintergrunde schlummert.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Don Carlos (I, 1, 44)

Time flies on restless pinions--constant never.
  Be constant--and thou chainest time forever.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,

You come late, yet you come!
  [Ger., Spat kommt ihr--doch ihr kommt!]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Piccolomini (I, 1, 1)

Threefold the stride of Time, from first to last:
  Loitering slow, the Future creepeth--
    Arrow-swift, the Present sweepeth--
      And motionless forever stands the Past.
        [Ger,, Dreifach ist der Schritt der Zeit:
          Zogernd kommt die Zukunft hergezogen,
            Pfielschnell ist das Jetzt entflogen,
              Ewig still steht die Vergangenheit.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Spruche des Confucius

Yet tremble at the slow, silent power of time.
  [Ger., Doch zittre vor der langsamen,
    Der stillen Macht der Zeit.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein'd Tod (I, 3, 32)

Upon my lips the breath of song,
  Within my heart a rhyme,
    Howe'er time trips or lags along,
      I keep abreast with time!
      - Clinton Scollard, The Vagrant

The time which passes over our heads so imperceptibly makes the same gradual change in habits, manners and character, as in personal appearance. At the revolution of every five years we find ourselves another and yet the same;--there is a change of views, and no less of the light in which we regard them; a change of motives as well as of action.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Time rolls his ceaseless course.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto III, st. 1)

Let me therefore live as if every moment were to be my last.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depends upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance--and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The velocity with which time flies is infinite, as is most apparent to those who look back.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

There is nothing that we can properly call our own but our time, and yet everybody fools us out of it who has a mind to do it. If a man borrows a paltry sum of money, there must needs be bonds and securities, and every common civility is presently charged upon account. But he who has my time thinks he owes me nothing for it, though it be a debt that gratitude itself can never repay.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Time is the greatest remedy for anger.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The swiftness of time in infinite, which is still more evident to those who look back upon the past.
  [Lat., Infinita est velocitas temporis quae magis apparet respicientibus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XLIX)

The swift hour flies on double wings.
  [Lat., Volat ambiguis
    Mobilis alis hora.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus

No time is too short for the wicked to injure their neighbors.
  [Lat., Nullum ad nocendum tempus angustum est malis.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Medea

An age builds up cities: an hour destroys them. In a moment the ashes are made, but a forest is a long time growing.
  [Lat., Urbes constituit aetas: hora dissolvit: momento fit cinis: diu sylva.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Quoestionum Naturalium (bk. III, 27)

Nobody has ever found the gods so much his friends that he can promise himself another day.
  [Lat., Nemo tam divos habuit faventes,
    Crastinum ut possit sibi polliceri.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes

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