Time Quotes

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Time progresses in a linear fashion from our point of view but advanced mathematics says otherwise. Here are some fascinating quotes about time from famous poets and writers.

"Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve." - Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics - John Archibald Wheeler


"Time is the longest distance between two places." - The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams


"The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience" - War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy


"There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well." - A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks


"Keeping time, time, time, In a sort of Runic rhyme, To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells, From the bells, bells, bells." - "The Bells" - Edgar Allan Poe


"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me; For now hath time made me his numbering clock:" - King Richard II - William Shakespeare


"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past" - 1984 - George Orwell




"Like and equal are not the same thing at all." - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle


"If you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy." - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle


"Thinking I'm a moron gives people something to feel smug about. Why should I disillusion them?" - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle


"It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future." - Dune - Frank Herbert


"Time is liquid. One moment is no more important than any other and all moments quickly run away." - Bluebearrd - Kurt Vonnegut


"All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is." - Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut


"O foolish writer. Now moves. Even in storytime, dreamtime, once-upon-a-time, now isn’t then." - Tales from Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin


"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so." - Ford Prefect, The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams


"Time is not composed of indivisible nows any more than any other magnitude is composed of indivisibles." - Aristotle


"A people without history Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern Of timeless moments." - Four Quartets - T.S. Eliot


" Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life." - The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner


"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." - source - Steve Jobs


"There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet." - Watchman - Alan Moore


"Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness." - The Green Mile - Stephen King


"It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up." - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling


"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent." - Carl Sandburg


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