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For the next inn he spurs amain,
  In haste alights, and skuds away,
    But time and tide for no man stay.
      - William C. Somerville,
        The Sweet-Scented Miser (l. 98)

Time wears all his locks before,
  Take thou hold upon his forehead;
    When he flies he turns no more,
      And behind his scalp is naked.
        Works adjourn'd have many stays,
          Long demurs breed new delays.
      - Robert Southwell, Loss in Delay

Noiseless falls the foot of time
  That only treads on flowers.
      - Herbert Spencer

Too late I staid, forgive the crime,
  Unheeded flew the hours;
    How noiseless falls the foot of Time
      That only treads on flow'rs!
        What eye with clear account remarks
          The ebbing of his glass,
            When all its sands are diamond sparks
              That dazzle as they pass?
                Ah! who to sober measurement
                  Time's happy swiftness brings,
                    When birds of Paradise have lent
                      Their plumage for his wings?
      - William Robert Spencer,
        To the Lady Anne Hamilton

Goe to my Love where she is carelesse layd
  Yet in her winter's bowere not well awake;
    Tell her the joyous time will not be staid
      Unlesse she doe him by the forelock take.
      - Edmund Spenser, Amoretti

Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto XII, st. 75)

Long ailments wear out pain, and long hopes joy.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I"),

If time, like money, could be laid by while one was not using it, there might be some excuse for the idleness of half of the world, but yet not a full one. For even this would be such an economy as the living on a principal sum, without making it purchase interest.
      - Laurence Sterne

I see that time divided is never long, and that regularity abridges all things.
      - Abel Stevens, Life of Madame de Stael
         (ch. XXXVIII)

In time take time while time doth last, for time
  Is no time when time is past.
      - Nicholas Stone,
        written on title page of his manuscript account page, in the Soane Museum

Nick of Time!
      - Sir John Suckling, The Goblins (act V)

Time is a wave which never murmurs, because there is no obstacle to its flow.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Time is the shower of Danae; each drop is golden.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Time is painted with a lock before, and bald behind, signifying thereby, that we must take time (as we say) by the forelock, for when it is once passed there is no recalling it.
      - Jonathan Swift

Ever eating, never cloying,
  All devouring, all-destroying,
    Never finding full repast,
      Till I eat the world at last.
      - Jonathan Swift, On Time

The swiftness of time is infinite, which is the more evident to those who look back on what has passed.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

A wonderful stream is the River Time,
  As it runs through the realms of Tears,
    With a faultless rhythm, and a musical rhyme,
      And a broader sweep, and a surge sublime
        As it blends with the ocean of Years.
      - Benjamin Franklin Taylor, The Long Ago

He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend.
  Eternity mourns that. 'Tis an ill cure
    For life's worst ills to have no time to feel them.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2), Philip Van Artevelde
         (pt. I, act I, sc. 5)

Make use of time, if thou valuest eternity. Yesterday cannot be recalled; to-morrow cannot be assured; to-day only is thine, which, if thou procrastinatest, thou losest; which loss is lost forever.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Come, Time, and teach me many years,
  I do not suffer in dream;
    For now so strange do these things seem,
      Mine eyes have leisure for their tears.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (pt. XIII)

Every moment dies a man,
  Every moment one is born.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Vision of Sin
         (st. 9)

Alas! three whole days to wait!
  [Lat., Heu! universum triduum.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Works
         (II, 1, 17)

Time passes, Time the consoler, Time the anodyne.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

The wisest thing is Time, for it brings everything to light.
      - Thales of Miletus,
        in "Thales" by Diogenes Laertius, bk. I, sec. 35

A year! A life! What are they! The telling of a tale, the passing of a meteor, a dim speck seen for a moment on time's horizon dropping into eternity.
      - Thomason

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