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





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)


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)


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


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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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)


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)


The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.


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)


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


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


Don't serve time, make time serve you


William Sutton


The longest day must have its close -- the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


The key to setting priorities, the order in which you must accomplish things, is to ask yourself, "What is my payoff in doing this activity? How does this fit in with my long-term objectives?"


Success Magazine (American business magazine)


Time turns the old days to derision, our loves into corpses or wives; and marriage and death and division make barren our lives.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909, British poet)


The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


Time is a wealth of change, but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, "there goes another day of my life, never to return," you will become time conscious.


A. B. Zu Tavern


Time will take your money, but money won't buy time.


James Taylor


A day may sink or save a realm.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 3:1


In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Is what I'm doing or about to do getting us closer to our objective?


Robert Townsend (1920-, American businessman, president of Avis)


Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold, time strolled. When I became a full-grown man, time RAN. When older still I daily grew, time FLEW. Soon I shall find, in passing on, time gone. O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then? Amen.


Henry Twells (1823-1900, British rhymester)


A man's main job is to become supremely aware of and intimately involved in the great issues of his time.


Author Unknown


A person who borrows your watch, tells you what time it is, pockets your watch, and then sends you a bill for it.


Author Unknown


An alarm clock is a device that makes you rise and whine.


Author Unknown


An hour of pain is as long as a day of pleasure.


Author Unknown


Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.


Author Unknown


Get into the habit of asking yourself if what you are doing can be handled by someone else.


Author Unknown


Get into the habit of asking yourself if what you are doing can be handled by someone else.


Author Unknown


He that lacks the time to mourn, lacks time to mend.


Author Unknown


I am what you will be, I was what you are.


Author Unknown


Lost time is never found again.


Author Unknown


Now is the watchword of the wise.


Author Unknown


One thing you can't recycle is wasted time


Author Unknown


Priority: A statement of the importance of a user or a program. Often expressed as a relative priority, indicating that the user doesn't care when the work is completed so long as he is treated less badly than someone else.


Author Unknown


Soon enough is well enough.


Author Unknown


The longest day soon comes to an end.


Author Unknown


The woman who says she won't be a minute is usually right.


Author Unknown


Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.


Author Unknown


Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once.


Author Unknown


Time spent in getting even would be better spent in getting ahead.


Author Unknown


To save time is to lengthen life.


Author Unknown


Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind.


Author Unknown


What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.


Author Unknown


You love what you find time to do.


Author Unknown


To get all there is out of living, we must employ our time wisely, never being in too much of a hurry to stop and sip life, but never losing our sense of the enormous value of a minute.


Robert R. Updegraff


You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.


John Wanamaker (1838-1922, American merchant)


Time I have only just a minute. Only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can't refuse it. Didn't seek it, didn't choose it. But it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give account if I abuse it, just a tiny little minute but eternity is in it.


Christine Warren


I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


Here or henceforward it is all the same to me, I accept Time absolutely.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Time is waste of money.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


Time is the longest distance between two places.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


In politics a week is a very long time.


Harold Wilson (1916-1995, British statesman, Prime Minister)


We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.


Thomas Wolfe (1931-, American author, journalist)


The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman treads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.


Frank Zappa (1940-, American rock musician)


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