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





Time is an available instrument for reaching the eternal.


John W. Lynch


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.


Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)


Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Time cools, time clarifies; no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.


Thomas Mann (1875-1955, German author, critic)


It's how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.


Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)


When we are doing what we love, we don't care about time. For at least at that moment, time doesn't exist and we are truly free.


Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)


But at my back I always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near.


Andrew Marvell (1621-1678, British metaphysical poet)


No man goes before his time -- unless the boss leaves early.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass.


Karl Marx (1818-1883, German political theorist, social philosopher)


If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?


Jeffery J. Mayer


While time, the endless idiot, runs screaming round the world.


Carson McCullers (1917-1967, American author)


Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.


Robert J. McKain


Man is the principal syllable in Management.


C. T. McKenzie


For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Time stays, we go.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. A manager may be tough and practical, squeezing out, while the going is good, the last ounce of profit and dividend, and may leave behind him an exhausted industry and a legacy of industrial hatred. A tough manager may never look outside his own factory walls or be conscious of his partnership in a wider world. I often wonder what strange cud such men sit chewing when their working days are over, and the accumulating riches of the mind have eluded them.


Robert Menzies (1894-1978, Australian liberal politician, Prime Minister)


Time is the subtle thief of youth.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.


Mike Murdock


Time is not measured by the passing of years, but by what one does, what one feels and what one achieves.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Not much can be done when everyone is giving orders.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


Time is the fairest and toughest judge.


Edgar Quinet (1803-1875, French poet, historian, politician)


The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.


Jane Bryant Quinn (1939, American business writer)


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


Bonnie Prudden


Clocks will go as they are set, but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.


Thomas Otway (1652-1685, British dramatist)


Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Nothing is swifter than our years.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Time is a stream which glides smoothly on and is past before we know.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Time is the devourer of all things.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Scrolls: write on them what you want to be remembered for.


Joseph Pakuda


One must learn a different... sense of time, one that depends more on small amounts than big ones.


Sister Mary Paul


We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit.


Octavio Paz (1914-1998, Mexican poet, essayist)


Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave.


Pericles (BC 495-429, Athenian statesman)


Good managers have a bias for action.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


Time, in the turning over of days, works change, for better or worse.


Pindar (BC 518?-18438, Greek poet)


Time is the wisest of all counselors.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Two things are as big as the man who possesses them, neither bigger nor smaller. One is a minute, the other is a dollar.


Channing Pollock (1946-, American actor)


An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.'


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


It is later than you think.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


He who undertakes too many things at once seldom does any of them well.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


There is but an hour a day between a good housewife and a bad one.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Time is the soul of business.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Life is half spent before one knows what it is.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Love makes time pass away and time makes love pass away.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Why kill time when one can employ it.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Monday is the key day of the week.


Gaelic Proverb (Sayings of Gaelic origin)


The morning hour has gold in its mouth.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day.


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Not to watch your workmen is to lose your money.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Time and I against any two.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


One of the greatest resources people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.


Nido Qubein (1948, Lebanese-born American businessman, speaker, consultant, author)

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Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.


John Randolph (1773-1833, American politician)


Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-rate manager running a first-rate business.


Jack E. Reichert


Make time for getting big tasks done every day, Plan your daily work load in advance. Single out the relatively few small jobs that absolutely must be done immediately in the morning. Then go directly to the big tasks, try to pursue them to completion.


Boardroom Reports


Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year while another man gets a full year's value out of a week.


Charles Richards


Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of Spring without the fear that after them may come no Summer. It does come. I learn it daily, learn it with pain, to which I am grateful…


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year -- and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe.


Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978, American art critic, author)


All that time is lost which might be better employed.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


Everything in this life takes longer than you think, except life itself.


Author Unknown


Everything in this life takes longer than you think, except life itself.


Author Unknown


A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


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 Sandburg (1878-1967, American poet)


A man's memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial.


Richard Ben Sapir


Three o clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French writer, philosopher)


Remember that when an employee enters your office, they are in a strange land.


Erwin H. Schell


Think with awe on the slow and quiet power of time.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Time is that in which all things pass away.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.


Delmore Schwartz


They that govern the most make the least noise.


John Selden (1584-1654, British jurist, statesman)


The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend 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.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Ah! the clock is always slow; it is later than you think.


Robert W. Service (1874-1958, British poet)


And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Make use of time, let not advantage slip.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


O, call back yesterday, bid time return.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The clock upbraids me with the waste of time.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Time is the king of men.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Wasted time means wasted lives.


R. Shannon


When the time is right, you just got to do it.


Jack Simplot (American businessman, founder, of J.R. Simplot Corporation)


Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


What we love to do we find time to do.


John Lancaster Spalding


Time is that which a man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


Time never takes time off


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


Time is the only critic without ambition.


John Steinbeck (1902-1968, American author)


Come on, come on, and there'll be no turning back. You were only killing time and it can kill you right back Come on, come on, its time to burn up the fuse. You got nothing to do and even less to lose.


Jim Steinman


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