Saturday, April 04, 2009

Time -

So many pedestrians, so little time.

Give us back our eleven days!
Popular cry in England after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. 2 September 1752 was immediately followed by 14 September 1752.

Hours are Time's shafts, and one comes winged with death. --Scottish Clock Motto

Loss and Possession, Death and Life are one.
There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.
Inscription on sundial
I am a shadow, so art thou,
I mark the time, dost thou?
Inscription on sundial

When thou dost look upon my face,
To learn the time of day:
Think how my shadow keeps its pace,
As thy life flies away.
Take, mortal this advice from me
And so resolve to spend
They life on earth, that heaven shall be
Thy home when time shall end.
Inscription on sundial

You can't turn back the clock but you can wind it up again.

You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

You can find the time for the people and things that are most important to you.

How dreadfully silent is the ticking of time

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, (121-180), Roman Emperor

It dawns on me more and more how trivial and short our lifespan is. It is like smoke; it is like a flower, it is like grass, it is like a butterfly&emdash;for it passes so quickly, flying away. Nobody, no one can bring back wasted years. One wishes that one would have always lived with Eternity in mind. - Emmy Arnold

There is a hidden double standard. The past can be relativized simply by explaining the misconceptions of the ancient worldview. "The present, however, remains strangely immune from relativization...In other words, the New Testament writers are seen as afflicted with a false consciousness rooted in their time, but the contemporary analyst take the consciousness of his time as an unmixed intellectual blessing. The electricity- and radio-users are placed intellectually above the Apostle Paul.-- PETER BERGER

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.-- Hector Berlioz

When asked what time it is: Do you mean now?..Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

We're lost, but we're making good time...Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra (b. 1925)

Year, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.- The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.- Ps. 90:12

Roman Church historian Dionysius Exiguus (ca.500_550), in calculating his history of the Christian Church, took 25 March as the supposed date of the Annunciation. March 25th afterward became the first day of the calendar year, until the Gregorian Calendar Reform of 1582 changed the day to January 1st.-- Bill Blake

Brand's Asymmetry
The past can only be known, not changed. The future can only be changed, not known. -- Stewart Brand

Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful and spiritual.... David Brainerd (1718-1747)

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. -- Art Buchwald

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. -- Charles Buxton

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. --Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one. --Cavett Robert

There's time enough, but none to spare.N: Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) "The Marrow of Tradition," 1901.

Misers get up early in the morning; and burglars, I am informed, get up the night before.-- G.K. Chesterton Tremendous Trifles

Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.--William Jefferson Clinton, Inaugural Address (January 20, 1993)

Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
Alas, Time stays, *we* go.
Austin Dobson (1840-1921). "The Paradox of Time".

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.--- Peter F. Drucker

It is never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot [Marian Evans Cross] (1819-1880)

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.--Emerson

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanac [1746], June

We have passed a lot of water since then. -Sam Goldwyn

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post. Thomas Holcroft

Think to yourself that every day is your last. --Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 BC) _Epistles_, Book I, Epistle iv, Line 13

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you, before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my fingers into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch my self taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want all the more for your return.-Mary Jean Irion

Time is but the shadow of the world upon the background of Eternity.- Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

He that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground.- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #108

Life admits not of delays; when pleasure can be had, it is fit to catch it. Every hour takes away part of the things that please us, and perhaps part of our disposition to be pleased.... Samuel Johnson

Time's fun when you're having flies.-- Kermit the Frog

God is never too late, nor too early, but just on time.-- R T Kendall

The future is that time when you'll wish you had done what you aren't doing now. You can‚t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. -- Charles F. Kettering

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Rudyard Kipling, "Recessional", 1897

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth--and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up--that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! ~ Abraham Lincoln

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.... Harvey Mackay

That virgin, vital, beautiful day: today -- Stephane Mallarme 1842-1898, Plusieurs sonnets (1881)

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath - so what does that make today worth?" - Og Mandino

When people ask me to speak at some meeting or to lecture or deliver anaddress they sometimes say: 'Professor, how much time would you like?' To which I reply: 'Well - I do pretty good with a microcentury!' This sure gives them a quandry - a dilemma - a puzzle - which is, of course, just my intention. Cruel - wicked - calculating - all with the intent to make them THINK. So - quickly now - how long do _you_ think a microcentury is?- Professor Julius Sumner Miller, "Millergrams", Ure Smith, Sydney, 1966, Q64.

We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here, now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone -- its value is incontestable.Joyce Carol Oates (1938-____) A: In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.-- Babatunde Olatunji

You are eternity's hostage. A captive of time.--Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)_Night_ [1957]

My pipe is out, my glass is dry;
My fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go,
And I prepare to meet the New;
Old Year! a parting word that's true,
For we've been comrades, you and I--
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!
-Robert W. Service

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.-- Shakespeare, Richard II

Five decades? Six? Seven? How long should it take to understand that the life of a community cannot be reduced to politics or wholly encompassed by government? The time in which we live has unfathomable depths beneath it. Our age is a mere film on the surface of time.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, _November 1916_

People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do. -- Thomas Sowell

Right now counts forever. R. C. SPROUL

A man who does nothing never has time to do anything. - C H Spurgon

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
R.L.Stevenson, "Bed in Summer"

How men hate waiting while their wives shop for clothes and trinkets; how women hate waiting, often for much of their lives, while their husbands shop for fame and glory. Thomas Szas

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends. -- Jeremy Taylor, _Holy Living_, 1650

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Tennyson_In Memoriam_ CVI (1850)

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.~James Thurber

We have uniformly rejected all letters and declined all discussion upon the question of when the present century ends, as it is one of the most absurd that can engage the public attention, and we are astonished to find it has been the subject of so much dispute, since it appears plain. The present century will not terminate till January 1, 1801, unless it can be made out that 99 are 100... It is a silly, childish discussion, and only exposes the want of brains of those who maintain a contrary opinion to that we have stated -- The Times, 26 December 1799

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear,too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,but for those who love, time is eternity. - Henry Van Dyke

Omnia fert aetas, animum quoque.(Time bears all away, even memory.) P. Vergilius Maro (Vergil), ECLOGA, IX, 51

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. --Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

The present always needs to be deprived of its pretensions to being the most elevated moment in the story of the human spirit (or, as some charismatics would have it, the most dramatic), for this opens wide the door to pride and folly.-- David F. Wells No Place For Truth, p. 100

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