Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
—Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780–1832) English Clergyman, Aphorist
When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) German Philosopher, Scholar, Writer
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 Actor, Rancher, Humorist
When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
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 (1817–62) American Philosopher
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
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.
Hours fly, flowers die,
new days, new ways pass by,
—Henry van Dyke Jr. (1852–1933) American Author, Educator, Clergyman
I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of goodwill. 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. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–68) American Civil Rights Leader, Clergyman
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
—John F. Kennedy (1917–63) American Head of State, Journalist
Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it.
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 Head of State
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
—Stephen Covey (1932–2012) American Self-help Author
People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.
—John Wanamaker (1838–1922) American Merchant, Civil Servant
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818–85) American Humorist, Author, Lecturer
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.