An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





All my possessions for a moment of time.


Queen Elizabeth (1926-, British Queen)


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


He that rises late must trot all day.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Thrift of time will repay you in after-life, with a usury of profit beyond your most sanguine dreams; waste of it will make you dwindle, alike in intellectual and moral stature, beyond your darkest reckoning.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The surest poison is time.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


These times of ours are serious and full of calamity, but all times are essentially alike. As soon as there is life there is danger.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The Trojans lost the war because they fell for a really dumb trick. hey, there's a gigantic wooden horse outside and all the Greeks have left. Let's bring it inside! Not a formula for long-term survival. Now if they had formed a task force to study the Trojan Horse and report back to a committee, everyone wouldn't have been massacred.. Who says middle management is useless?


Adam C. Engst


Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts.


Ted W. Engstrom (American religion and social leader)


What do you want to get done? In what order of importance? Over what period of time? What is the time available? What is the best strategy for application of time to projects for the most effective results?


Ted W. Engstrom (American religion and social leader)


A computer will not make a good manager out of a bad manager. It makes a good manager better faster and a bad manager worse faster.


Edward Esber (American business executive, CEO of Ashton-tate)


Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


We all find time to do what we really want to do.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: I DID NOT HAVE TIME.


Franklin Field


The highest value in life is found in the stewardship of time.


Robert M. Fine


I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.


Ian Fleming (1908-1964, British writer, "James Bond")


Longevity conquers scandal every time.


Shelby Foote (1916-, American historian, novelist)


Longevity conquers scandal every time.


Shelby Foote (1916-, American historian, novelist)


Pay your people the least possible and you'll get from them the same.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Modern man thinks he loses something -- time -- when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


You don't need a Harvard MBA to know that the bedroom and the boardroom are just two sides of the same ballgame.


Stephen Fry


The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time.


Merrick Furst


Management manages by making decisions and by seeing that those decisions are implemented.


Harold S. Geneen (1910-1977, American accountant, industrialist)


If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


It is better to do the most trifling thing in the world than to regard half an hour as trifle.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Time itself is an element.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Who can direct when all pretend to know?


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


I've been promoted to middle management. I never thought I'd sink so low.


Tim Gould


Time, you old gypsy man, will you not stay, put up your caravan just for one day?


Ralph Hodgson (1871-1962, British poet)


All time management begins with planning.


Tom Greening


Time spent on hiring is time well spent.


Robert Half (American businessman, founder of Robert Half & Associates)


Misspending a man's time is a kind of self-homicide.


Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British conservative statesman)


Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.


Lucille S. Harper


Effective managers live in the present but concentrate on the future.


James L. Hayes (American businessman, president, American Management Association)


Time is a circus always packing up and moving away.


Ben Hecht (1894-1964, American newspaperman, novelist, playwright)


The difference between management and administration (which is what the bureaucrats used to do exclusively) is the difference between choice and rigidity.


Robert Heller (American business writer, editor of Management Today)


Time is the rider that breaks youth.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


You can't measure time in days the way you can money in dollars, because each day is different.


Phillip Hewett


Managers have traditionally developed the skills in finance, planning, marketing and production techniques. Too often the relationships with their people have been assigned a secondary role. This is too important a subject not to receive first line attention.


William Hewlitt (1912-2001, American businessman, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard)


City people try to buy time as a rule, when they can, whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind's eye the notion of a better life ahead.


Edward Hoagland (1932-, American novelist, essayist)


You don't manage people; you manage things. You lead people.


Admiral Grace Hooper


Make a good use of the present.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


What a folly it is to dread the thought of throwing away life at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.


John Howe


Time is an eternal guest that banquets on our ideals and bodies.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Time is an illusion-to orators.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Learn to use ten minutes intelligently. It will pay you huge dividends.


William A. Irwin


We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, "We have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done."


Charles E. Hummel


Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


Management is nothing more than motivating other people.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


The one word that makes a good manager -- decisiveness.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


The greatest manager has a knack for making ballplayers think they are better than they think they are.


Reggie Jackson (1946-, American baseball player)


No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Heck by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we've already wasted fifteen minutes.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


Time is a fixed income and, as with any income, the real problem facing most of us is how to live successfully within our daily allotment.


Margaret B. Johnstone


O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


The idea is to make decisions and act on them -- to decide what is important to accomplish, to decide how something can best be accomplished, to find time to work at it and to get it done.


Karen Kakascik


We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Those who make the worst use of their time most complain of its brevity.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Time is the one thing that can never be retrieved.


C.R. Lawton


In all planing you make a list and you set priorities.


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


Review our priorities, ask the question: What's the best use of our time right now?


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.


Tommy Lasorda (1927-, American  baseball manager)


Be intent on the perfection of the present day.


William Law (American merchant)


Write down the most important things you have to do tomorrow. Now, number them in the order of their true importance. The first thing tomorrow morning, start working on an item Number 1, and stay with it until completed. Then take item Number 2 the same way. Then Number 3, and so on. Don't worry if you don't complete everything on the schedule. At least you will have completed the most important projects before getting to the less important ones.


Ivy Lee (1877-1934, American businessman, consultant, time management expert)


Management that is destructively critical when mistakes are made kills initiative and it's essential that we have many people with initiative if we're to continue to grow.


Lewis Lehr (1852-1921, American businessman, founder of 3M Company)


We all run on two clocks. One is the outside clock, which ticks away our decades and brings us ceaselessly to the dry season. The other is the inside clock, where you are your own timekeeper and determine your own chronology, your own internal weather and your own rate of living. Sometimes the inner clock runs itself out long before the outer one, and you see a dead man going through the motions of living.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.


Samuel Levenson


If you want to kill time, try working it to death.


Samuel Levenson


Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment.  Damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.


Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951, American novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature)


People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Lost time is like a run in a stocking. It always gets worse.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little of it left. Every man's greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life.


P. W. Litchfield


He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and schedule his time as though he were about to die.


Emile Littre


How many times have you heard this statement, I haven't time. How many times have we made it ourselves?  Oh, I wish I had time. Time for what? Time to work in the Church, to serve in our communities and time to improve our minds. Think again of these twenty-four hours that are given to us.


John Longden


Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Time... is the life of the soul.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.


Louis XIV (1638-1715, French king from 1643-1715)


Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.


Amy Lowell (1874-1925, American poet, critic)


In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


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