Quotes for
the Journey:

Time



  
The time to relax is when
you donít have the time for it.

Sydney J. Harris

We cannot separate our lives from time.  Why is it that we are so extravagant, so thoughtless, in our waste of time, especially in youth, when we cling so tenaciously to life?  You cannot separate a wasted hour from the same duration of your life.  If you waste your time, you must waste your life.  If you improve your time, you cannot help improving your life.       -Orison Swett Marden

   

Years should be nothing to you.  Who asked you to count them or consider them?  In the world of wild Nature, time is measured by seasons only--the bird does not know how old it is--the  rose-tree does not count its birthdays!       -Marie Corelli

   
Everything is flowing.  The Great River of Time takes everything with it, and nothing in this world remains unchanged or stabilized.       -Mouni Sadhu
   

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.       -Jean La Bruyere

   
God created time and gave it to us.  It is his fundamental gift, for all other gifts are conditioned upon it.  Why should we give it so grudgingly to his service?  Why should we not lavish time upon the things that God knows and we know are vital things?       -E.A. Rountree
    
Know the true value of time!  Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.  No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination.  Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.       -Philip Chesterfield

  
What is time?  The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries--these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself.  Time is the Life of the Soul.        -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    
We talk about saving time and killing time when actually we can't do either.  We have no choice but to spend it at a constant and flowing rate.        -Michael LeBeouf
   
Many of us cannot grasp the truth that the time allotted to us on this earth is sufficient for all the Lord has planned for us to do.  We donít need one minute more or one minute less to get the job done:  Our greatest fear is running out of time.  So we hurry through life trying desperately to get everything done:  working overtime, eating fast food in the car, and racing down the freeway. . . . Today, this very day, why donít you think of something that takes a bit of extra time to do and do it. . . .  Maybe it will be an act of generosity or a moment of kindness directed towards a loved one or a stranger.  Perhaps it will be simply singing a hymn of praise and thanksgiving because your heart is so full of gratitude.  Donít wait for another time.  Rejoice in this day and be glad.       -Luci Swindoll
    
How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money.  Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.       -David Norris
   
Time is your greatest advisor.  Time will tell you if you can waste your life in illusion and fantasy thoughts, dwelling over past regrets and future apprehensions.  Just ask time, and time will point out that there are no survivors.       -A Spiritual Warrior
    
Donít be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.  One person gets only a weekís value out of a year while another person gets a full yearís value out of a week.        -Charles Richards
    
The need to make wise choices encompasses every area of our lives.  Since we have time for only a limited amount of stuff, we need to choose wisely what stuff we're going to allow to take up that time.  Since we have only a limited amount of time to spend with friends or to engage in leisure activities, we need to choose our friends and our activities wisely.       -Elaine St. James
    
Minutes are worth more than money.  Spend them wisely.       -Thomas P. Murphy
    
One who is afraid of time becomes a prey of time.  But time itself becomes a prey of that one who is not afraid of it.       -Nisargadatta
    
Wise people know what time it is in their own lives and in the life of the community.  They know that sensing the kairos (the prepared or ripe moment) is more important than conforming to the compulsive rhythm of chronological time.  Thus, wise people are able to give themselves gracefully to seemingly contradictory experiences because they know that they belong to different seasons of life, all of which are necessary to the whole.  Spring and winter, growth and decay, creativity and fallowness, health and sickness, power and impotence, and life and death all belong within the economy of being.        -Sam Keen
   
Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people canít buy more hours.  Scientists canít invent new minutes.  And you canít save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time youíve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  Success depends upon using it wiselyóby planning and setting priorities.      -Denis Waitely
   
Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.       -Theophrastus
    
Time mellows people as it mellows wine, as long as the grapes are good.  You may set out to be a businesswoman or businessman but in the course of time end up caring for a dying parent, orphaned niece, or disabled brother.  You may encounter illness yourself and end up being a writer, touching the heartstrings, not the purse strings of other people.  Thatís why itís best to always be true to yourself and God and to be flexible within His will.  He will use you.        -Barbara Johnson

     

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
   
It is a strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills.  Actually time is neutral.  It can be used either destructively or constructively.  I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will.  We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.        -Martin Luther King, Jr.
    
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything.  With it, all is possible; without it, nothing.  The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, and affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it.

You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life!  It is yours.  It is the most precious of possessions. . . . No one can take it from you.  It is unstealable.  And no one receives either more or less than you receive.

In the realm of time there is no aristocracy of wealth, and no aristocracy of intellect.  Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day.  And there is no punishment.  Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. . . . Moreover, you cannot draw on the future.  Impossible to get into debt!  You can only waste the passing moment.  You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you.  You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you.

I have said the affair was a miracle.  Is it not?

You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time.  Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul.  Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality.  All depends on that.  Your happiness--the elusive prize that you are clutching for, my friends--depends on that.

If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one's whole life indefinitely.

We shall never have any more time.  We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.

Arnold Bennett
   

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To live means to experience--through doing, feeling, thinking.  Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have.  Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life.  Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how one's time is allocated or invested.     -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  
Time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire today.  If you've just frittered away an hour procrastinating, you will still be given the next hour to start on priorities.  Time management contains one great paradox:  No one has enough time, and yet everyone has all there is.  Time is not the problem; the problem is separating the urgent from the important.     -Denis Waitley
  
Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering.     -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  

  
An Italian philosopher said that "time was his estate"; an estate indeed which will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labors of industry, and generally satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie in waste by negligence, to be overrun with noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use.     -Samuel Johnson
  
They who every morning plan the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carry a thread that will guide them through the labyrinth of the most busy life. . . if the disposition of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.     -Victor Hugo
  
Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake.  Time is the substance of life.  When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life.     -Antoinette Bosco
  
Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.     -Carl Sandberg
  
Rightly conceived, time is the friend of all who are in any way in adversity, for its mazy road winds in and out of the shadows sooner or later into sunshine, and when one is at its darkest point one can be certain that presently it will grow brighter.      -Arthur Bryant
  
Beginningless time and the present moment are the same. . . You have only to understand that time has no real existence.     -Huang-po
 
Was then not all sorrow in time, all self-torment and fear in time?  Were not all difficulties and evil in the world conquered as soon as one conquered time, as soon as one dispelled time?     -Hermann Hesse
  

    

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