155 Time Quotes

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Here are 155 of the best time quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you and remind you that time is all you have. Enjoy!

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Life, if well lived, is long enough. Seneca

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


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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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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 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

Related quote topics: patience, silence, life, life is short


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 had 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 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.

Does that make sense to you?

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

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

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

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

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

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Lack of time is actually lack of priorities. Tim Ferriss

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

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

The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Seneca Click to tweet

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

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short. Paul Graham

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

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

Part 2. Time Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Time Quotes

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu Click to tweet

Time is the devourer of everything. Ovid

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

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

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

Time is the ultimate currency. Elon Musk (twitter.com)

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

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin

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

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

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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

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

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

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 Click to tweet

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

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. Henry Ford

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

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

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

To choose time, is to save time. Francis Bacon

Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

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

Too often too late comes too soon. Dr. SunWolf

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

Time brings all things to pass. Aeschylus

Time is the fire in which we burn. Gene Roddenberry

Time is non-refundable, use it with intention. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

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 itself comes in drops. William James

In time and with water, everything changes. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

No time like the present. Mrs. Manley

Only make time for things that buy you more time. Josh George (twitter.com)

Time is an illusion. Albert Einstein

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams

Time will explain. Jane Austen

Inspirational Time Quotes

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

Light tomorrow with today! Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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

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

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

You cannot always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump. Unknown

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

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

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

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

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. Earl Nightingale

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

Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ingvar Kamprad

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. Sara Paddison

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

Related quote topics: positive

See also: success

Funny Quotes About Time

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

Time! The corrector when our judgments err. Lord Byron

Vacations are an expensive way to schedule time to pause and reflect. Shane Parrish

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want. Bill Watterson Click to tweet

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams

Across the morning sky, all the birds are leaving. How can they know that it’s time to go? Nina Simone

Pretend to be good all the time, and even God will be fooled. Kurt Vonnegut

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do day after tomorrow just as well. Mark Twain Click to tweet

If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done. Rita Mae Brown

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Who knows where the time goes? Nina Simone

Wasting time is something that people do or feel all over the world, not just in Italy. Paolo Sorrentino

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. Steven Wright

Unless you think you’re immortal, using your time wisely is probably a good idea. Seth Godin

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx

I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. Mark Twain

I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time. Marilyn Monroe

Wise Time Sayings

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

The ultimate status symbol is time. Shane Parrish

We believe we don’t have enough time when really we don’t have enough focus. Mark Manson

Think about what you want today and you’ll spend your time. Think about what you want in 5 years and you’ll invest your time. James Clear (twitter.com)

Time is the ultimate currency and I should have been more tight fisted with it. Naval Ravikant

Do everything you were going to do, but with less angst, less suffering, less emotion. Everything takes time. Naval Ravikant

The more time you have, the more time you waste. Thibaut

There are no refunds on misspent time. Jack Butcher

Patience and time do more than strength or passion. Jean de La Fontaine Click to tweet

We keep counting time. We have the sensation time is running out, and we bug ourselves with this. Time is nothing but an abstract measure of motion. We are living in an eternal now. Alan Watts

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Auguste Rodin

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. The Talmud

Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. There is no such thing as was — only is. William Faulkner

Time is generally the best doctor. Ovid

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. Harvey Mackay

The best thing about time passing is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know. Sarah Manguso

To man, time is given like a piece of land, as it were, entrusted to him for faithful tilling; a space in which to strive incessantly, achieve self-realization, move onward and upward. Thomas Mann

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

Time is the cruelest teacher; first she gives the test, then teaches the lesson. Leonard Bernstein

We will never have total control over this extraordinary dimension. Time will warp and confuse and baffle and entertain however much we learn about its capacities. Claudia Hammond

The more we learn, the more we can shape it to our will and destiny. Claudia Hammond

Presence means becoming aware of a physical and psychic self that is temporally extended. To be self-conscious is to recognize oneself as something that persists through time and is embodied. Marc Wittmann

The importance of time is rather practical than theoretical, rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth. Bertrand Russell

Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way. Yasunari Kawabata

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Dale Carnegie

You don’t find the time to do things — you make the time to do things. Debbie Millman

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Part 3. Conclusion

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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 Click to tweet

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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

Creation Date

November 9, 2018

Last Update

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  1. You have a wonderful site Maxime Lagacé. I was looking for this quote ‘Time is a River: You can’t stop it, hold it, or change it. You can only savor it.’ to see who said it and if there was more to it. Fortunately I came upon your page, even though I didn’t find the quote. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Camilla for sharing with us.
      It’s indeed a beautiful quote and one I haven’t heard before.

      All the best,

  2. I cannot find the quote that says something like,
    “All our time is measured by the fact of Christ’s birth”….. can you help me?

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