100 Time Quotes (Profound, Important, Inspiring)

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, peaceful and powerful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Time is ticking.

1440 minutes in a day.

168 hours in a week.

8760 hours in a year…

I’ve spent 10+ hours curating 100 of the best time quotes I could find.

The goal?

To inspire you and remind you that time is all you have.

So guard it.

You’ll discover quotes by Albert Einstein, Leo Tolstoy, Steve Jobs, and many more.


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You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. Charles Buxto

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Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. Chinese proverb

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The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Leo Tolstoy

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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin

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Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. Nathaniel Hawthorne


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Every second is of infinite value. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The future has a way of arriving unannounced. George F. Will

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Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got. Art Buchwald

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Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments. Rose Kennedy

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Life, if well lived, is long enough. Seneca


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The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Charles Caleb Colton

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How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

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The more you know yourself, the more you understand life, the more you value your time. Maxime Lagacé

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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. Charles Darwin

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Steve Jobs


A few thoughts on time…

It’s hard to find something more valuable than time.

That’s why I’m always amazed when I see people complaining about time passing by, and then binge-watching on social media, Netflix, and other trivial things.

I used to do that too.

But I learned, the hard way, that life is just a glimpse.

In fact, I lost my girlfriend in a car accident when I was 22.

When I truly woke up, I was in my mid-30s.

I then started to work on myself, changed a few bad habits, and started creating instead of consuming.

I realized one thing:

to live the life I wanted, I had to create it.

So, instead of waiting, I had to take action.

Instead of living with fear, I had to take risks.

Instead of loving perpetual comfort, I had to avoid it.

Instead of complaining, I had to be responsible.

In sum,

I realized my life was in my hands.

And I didn’t want to throw it away.

The Best Time Quote

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Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing. Miles Davis

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill

We feast on time as time feasts on us. Maria Popova

Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one. Marcus Aurelius

Do we need more time? Or do we need to be more disciplined with the time we have? Kerry Johnson

People often complain about lack of time when lack of direction is the real problem. Zig Ziglar

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If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. Emily Dickinson

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Seneca (On The Shortness Of Life)

We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discloses the truth. Seneca


Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. M. Scott Peck

I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves. Earl of Chesterfield

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

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Lack of time is actually lack of priorities. Tim Ferriss

Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it. Arthur Schopenhauer

The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Seneca

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

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

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Time is a gift that most of us take for granted. Cheryl Richardson

We go back and forth between being time’s master and its victim. James Gleick

Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Rich Warren

Value your time. It is all you have. It’s more important than your money. It’s more important than your friends. It is more important than anything. Your time is all you have. Do not waste your time. Naval Ravikant

The best use of time is stepping back to identify the best use of time. Aaron Aalto

The person with the lowest time preference wins. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

Part 2. Time Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Time Quotes

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Searching for a famous time quote? Check out those by Emerson, Mandela, Shakespeare, Einstein, etc.
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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

Time is the devourer of everything. Ovid

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

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. Albert Einstein

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How did it get so late so soon? Dr. Seuss

You can have it all. Just not all at once. Oprah Winfrey

Time is the ultimate currency. Elon Musk (Source)

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin

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The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King Jr

Never leave ’till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)

It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. Vincent Van Gogh

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All great achievements require time. Maya Angelou

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Chinese proverb

We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. Henry David Thoreau

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F. Kennedy

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. William Shakespeare

Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. Mahatma Gandhi

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. Thomas A. Edison

The years teach much which the days never know. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Time is money. Benjamin Franklin

Short Time Quotes

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Time is long but life is short. Stevie Wonder

Time is the wisest counselor of all. Pericles

Time is the currency of life. Shane Parrish

I don’t have time is just saying it’s not a priority. Naval Ravikant

Time is a construction of our consciousness. Maria Popova

If one has no time, one has also lost oneself. Marc Wittmann

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Who knows where the time goes? Nina Simone

Time is not a measure, but a quality. Paulo Coelho

Too often too late comes too soon. Dr. SunWolf

Time brings all things to pass. Aeschylus

Time is the fire in which we burn. Gene Roddenberry

Things change, and time is how we keep track. James Gleick

Own time, or time will own you. Brian Norgard

Time is a drug; too much of it kills you. Terry Pratchett

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Only time can heal what reason cannot. Seneca

Whatever begins, also ends. Seneca

Time stays long enough for those who use it. Leonardo da Vinci

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. Michael Altshuler

Time is an illusion. Albert Einstein

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams


Inspirational Time Quotes

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In such seconds of decision entire futures are made. Dan Simmons

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing. Thomas Jefferson

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

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The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time. Dante Alighieri

Mental time-travel is one of the greatest gifts of the mind. It makes us human, and it makes us special. Claudia Hammond

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Bruce Lee

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! Tony Robbins

If time and reason are functions of each other, if we are creatures of time, then we had better know it, and try to make the best of it. To act responsibly. Ursula K. Le Guin

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The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I don’t think it is possible to contribute to the present moment in any meaningful way while being wholly engulfed by it. It is only by stepping out of it, by taking a telescopic perspective, that we can then dip back in and do the work which our time asks of us. Maria Popova

You must match time’s swiftness with your speed in using it, and you must drink quickly as though from a rapid stream that will not always flow. Seneca

An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length. Virginia Woolf

The perfect time to do what you love is now. Neil Strauss

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The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. Stephen R. Covey

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

Time is a better measure of success than money. Shane Parrish (Source)

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

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett


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Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering. Ida Scott Taylor

Let’s recap:

  • Time is all you have. Spend it wisely.
  • Did you have fun today? Did you work hard? Did you laugh? Did you help someone? Did you love? Then you did not waste your time.
  • Time is a doctor and a counselor. If you’re patient enough, you’ll get help.
  • The present moment has everything you need.
  • Want to achieve something? Create the time for it.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube.

Last update

October 27, 2022

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