440 Time Quotes That Will Inspire You Deeply

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Lack of time is actually lack of priorities. Tim Ferriss

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

Shard by shard we are released from the tyranny of so-called time. Patti Smith

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 (Emerson, Shakespeare, Einstein, etc.)

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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

Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. Seneca

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

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

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

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa

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

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

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Time is long but life is short. Stevie Wonder

Time is the wisest counselor of all. Pericles

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)

Live your own life by a compass not a clock. Unknown

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

Time is an illusion. Albert Einstein

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. Douglas Adams

Time will explain. Jane Austen

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Inspirational And Motivational 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

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

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

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

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

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Funny Time Quotes (Some Will Surprise You)

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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

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

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

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

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

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Deep Time Quotes That Will Make You Think

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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

No man is quick enough to enjoy life to the full. Spanish proverb

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. Jean de la Bruyere

In our fast-moving modern world, it always seems that the time-train is pulling out of the station just as we reach the platform. No matter how fast we go, no matter how cleverly we schedule, there are never enough hours in the day. Carl Honore

Time is: too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear. Henry Van Dyke

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. Dion Boucicault

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. Leonardo da Vinci

You are a product of how you spend your time. Sunday Adelaja

Time is probably the most incomprehensible, mysterious, destructive and illusory phenomenon in the world. @TheAncientSage

Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. Jorge Luis Borges

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Eckhart Tolle

To save time, stop looking for shortcuts. Shane Parrish (See also: 10 Ways To Save Time Every Day, paleohacks.com)

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

You are living as if destined to live for ever; your own frailty never occurs to you; you don’t notice how much time has already passed, but squander it as though you had a full and overflowing supply — though all the while that very day which you are devoting to somebody or something may be your last. Seneca (On The Shortness Of Life)

Nobody works out the value of time: men use it lavishly as if it cost nothing… We have to be more careful in preserving what will cease at an unknown point. Seneca

The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time. Søren Kierkegaard

Time — particularly our experience of it as a continuity of successive moments — is a cognitive illusion rather than an inherent feature of the universe, a construction of human consciousness and perhaps the very hallmark of human consciousness. Maria Popova

My past is everything I failed to be. Fernando Pessoa Click to tweet

We may be born alone, but childhood ends with a synchrony of clocks, as we lend ourselves fully to the contagion of time. Alan Burdick

Timelessness — in the sense of time never ending, never beginning — is a stagnant nothing. Thomas Mann

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design? Paracelsus

Is there anything we know more intimately than the fleetingness of time, the transience of each and every moment? Rebecca Goldstein

Time is a dictator, as we know it. Where does it go? What does it do? Most of all, is it alive? Is it a thing that we cannot touch and is it alive? Nina Simone

Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life. Franz Kafka

Time is a feature of creation, and the creator remains apart from it, transcendent over it. James Gleick

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. Henry David Thoreau

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Wise Time Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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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

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

Wishing you had spent your time differently only wastes more time. @TheStoicEmperor

Free distractions are expensive. Everything costs time and attention. Nothing is free. Time is not a renewable resource. Spend it on things that matter. @TheStoicEmperor

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

People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy. Seneca (On The Shortness Of Life)

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. Unknown

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

Time is not only at the heart of the way we organize life, but the way we experience it. 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

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life. Alan Lakein

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. Time Quotes About…

Time Quotes About Life, Happiness, Reality, Truth

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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut Click to tweet

Time is a game played beautifully by children. Heraclitus

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? Henry David Thoreau

For the present is the point at which time touches eternity. C.S. Lewis

The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have. Henry James

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs

The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. Seneca

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn. Seneca

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. Kurt Vonnegut

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence neither speed up nor slow down add to nor diminish it is an imponderable valuable gift. Maya Angelou

Did you make someone smile today? You’ve still got time. Melissa Stewart

We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come. Alan Watts

We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling — whether it’s trying to stop the years racing past, or speeding up time when we’re stuck in a queue, trying to live more in the present, or working out how long ago we last saw our old friends. Claudia Hammond

Time can’t be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different. Jorge Luis Borges

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. Benjamin Disraeli

A simple definition of life: The chance you’ve been waiting for. Robert Brault

Life is a flash of lightning in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential. B. Alan Wallace

A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. John B. Priestly

There are no secrets that time does not reveal. Jean Racine

Perhaps all anxiety might derive from a fixation on moments — an inability to accept life as ongoing. Sarah Manguso

Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true. Marcel Proust

Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems – but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible. Salman Rushdie

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers

We ask for long life, but ’tis deep life, or grand moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead. Hans Christian Anderson Click to tweet

No use thinking of the past for its gone, don’t think of the future because it has to come, think of the present because that’s where you are. Kazi Shams

Time ripens all things; with time all things are revealed; time is the father of truth. Francois Rabelais

Time is the wisest of all things that are, for it brings everything to light. Thales

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Time Quotes About Love, Relationships, Friendship

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For those who love… time is eternity. Henry Van Dyke Click to tweet

Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love. Rumi

One day spent with someone you love can change everything. Mitch Albom

Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. Jorge Luis Borges

I would rather spend one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of this world alone. J.R.R. Tolkien

Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end. Madame de Stael

Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock. Mary Parrish

I am not alone as long as my love is near me and I know it will be so till it’s time to go. All through the winter, until the birds return in spring again I do not fear the time. Nina Simone

Be careful who you make memories with. Those things can last a lifetime. Ugo Eze

Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are. Turcois Ominek

Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule, but love people who never look at their schedule when you need them. Unknown

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. Tom Robbins Click to tweet

The most fucked up joke life can play on you is letting you meet the right person at the wrong time. Unknown

No relationship is a waste of time. The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right one. Unknown

Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows. Unknown

Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever – only, nothing is eternal. Audre Lorde

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. Mark Twain

There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. Leo Christopher

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them. Marcel Proust

It’s no good trying to keep up old friendships. It’s painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it. W. Somerset Maugham

Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Rich Warren

You might fall in love instantly, but you don’t love instantly… Love takes time. Sissy Gavrilaki

Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation. Tennessee Williams

Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear. John Lennon

In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Paul McCartney

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Quotes About Quiet Time, “Me” Time, Solitude

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Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan Watts Click to tweet

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Francis Bacon

Alone time is the best time. But it never seems that way when it’s happening, just after the fact. Naval Ravikant

This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. Rumi

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be. And sometimes, you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself. Gossip Girl

Some of the most powerful times are when we’re quiet. Michael W. Smith

Solitude is the place of purification. Martin Buber

Believe me, it is the sign of a great man, and one who is above human error, not to allow his time to be frittered away: he has the longest possible life simply because whatever time was available he devoted entirely to himself. Seneca

You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you. Tony Morgan

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing – just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park? Ralph Marston

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish. Adrian Rogers

The most important habit is solitude, quiet time. People who enter their day by taking 45 minutes or an hour for themselves – meditation, prayer, inspirational reading, taking a walk – before they go for it in the real world do best. Ken Blanchard

When you feel the need for a spiritual lift, try getting to bed early and get up early to have a quiet time at dawn. Then carry the serene ‘in tune’ feeling that comes to you into your day, no matter what you may be doing. Peace Pilgrim

And now, I’ll do what’s best for me. Unknown

In the laughing times we know that we are lucky, and in the quiet times we know that we are blessed. And we will not be alone. Dar Williams

I get clarity through quiet time, reflection, reading, and meditation. Finding the space between thoughts gives me the energy to take on new challenges with enthusiasm. Jaime Murray

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying. Sarah Dessen

All that is important comes in quietness and waiting. Patrick Lindsay Click to tweet

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony. Douglas Coupland

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. Susan L. Taylor

Time expands, then contracts, and in tune with the stirrings of the heart. Haruki Murakami

Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important. Mariel Hemingway

Let us be silent — so we may hear the whisper of the gods. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Time Quotes About Life Being Short, Time Going Fast

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There’s time enough, but none to spare. Charles W. Chesnutt Click to tweet

All our sweetest hours fly fastest. Virgil

Life is short, and we should respect every moment of it. Orhan Pamuk

Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. John Updike

How do you suppose time works? A slippery succession of long hours adding up to ever-shorter days and years that disappear like falling dominoes? Dani Shapiro

And then, one day, you look in the mirror — you’re old — and you say, “Where does the time go?” Nina Simone

Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks. Anmol Andore

The self and time prove to be especially present in boredom. They go missing in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which results from the acceleration of social processes. Marc Wittmann

Through mindfulness and emotional control, the tempo of life that we experience can be reduced, and we can regain time for ourselves and others. Marc Wittmann

Distracted by the obligations of everyday activities, we are no longer aware of ourselves… Everything is done all at once, faster and faster, yet no personal balance or meaning can be found. Marc Wittmann

Greater variety makes a given period of life expand in retrospect. Life passes more slowly. Marc Wittmann

If you want something, don’t wish for it. Life is too short to wait. Stephen Hines

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake. Francis Bacon

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. Hilary Clinton

If one challenges oneself consistently, it pays off, over the years, as the feeling of having lived fully — and, most importantly, of having lived for a long time. Marc Wittmann

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. Maria Edgeworth Click to tweet

We are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it. Seneca

Life piles up so fast that I have no time to write out the equally fast rising mound of reflections. Virginia Woolf

In a time of rapid change, standing still is the most dangerous course of action. Brian Tracy

We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it. Roald Dahl

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Stephen King

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Time Quotes About Being Busy, Having No Time

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The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy. Lin Yutang Click to tweet

A busy mind accelerates the perceived passage of time. Buy more time by cultivating peace of mind. Naval Ravikant

Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. Søren Kierkegaard

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Jim Goodwin

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing. Lao Tzu

Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. Jane Austen

Procrastination is the thief of time. Edward Young

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates Click to tweet

Is is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

Quit saying you don’t have time. You have time for what you make time for in life. Bryant H. McGill

For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. Doug Larson

The fact that you are even here, alive, on this planet is a mathematical miracle, and you should not spend the time that you have being busy being miserable. Philip DeFranco

There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time. Napoleon Bonaparte

I don’t care how busy I am – I will always make time for what’s most important to me. Kevin Hart

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Dolly Parton

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. William Butler Yeats

Time is the least thing we have of. Ernest Hemingway

See also: A Helpful Guide to Becoming Unbusy (becomingminimalist.com)

Time Quotes About Memories, Change, Nostalgia

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The past is never dead. It’s not even past. William Faulkner Click to tweet

Time moves in one direction, memory in another. William Gibson

The past beats inside me like a second heart. John Banville

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. Haruki Murakami

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire. John Dewey

Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going. Tennessee Williams

It is the insertion of man with his limited life span that transforms the continuously flowing stream of sheer change… into time as we know it. Hannah Arendt

Change even one moment, the whole thing unravels… There is no other life than this. You would not have stumbled into the vastly imperfect, beautiful, impossible present. Dani Shapiro

Nostalgia paints a smile on the stony face of the past. Mason Cooley

Nostalgia is a seductive liar. George Ball

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. Taylor Swift

No one will bring back the years; no one will restore you to yourself. Life will follow the path it began to take, and will neither reverse nor check its course. Seneca

Left alone in time, memories harden into summaries. The originals become almost irretrievable. Sarah Manguso

Time punishes us by taking everything, but it also saves us — by taking everything. Sarah Manguso

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. Cormac McCarthy

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Every moment alters what came before. We reach across layers of time for the memories of our memories. James Gleick

Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence. Robert Greene

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old. Bill Clinton

I’d trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday. Kris Kristofferson

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. Jack Kerouac

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll

No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change. Nathaniel Hawthorne

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. Albert Camus

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)

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. Jesse Jackson

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. Charles Kettering

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams. Jeremy Irons

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it. Lucy Maud Montgomery Click to tweet

Focus on the good memories, discard the not so good. Catherine Pulsifer

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. Faith Baldwin

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Quotes About Hard Times (Even Death)

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People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. Emily Dickinson Click to tweet

Expect an early death — it will keep you busier. Martin H. Fischer

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford

You have been preoccupied while life hastens on. Meanwhile death will arrive, and you have no choice in making yourself available for that. Seneca

Why do we need time travel? All the answers come down to one. To elude death. James Gleick

Time is the longest distance between two places. Tennessee Williams

Time brings an end to everything. We should not mistake for a tragedy what is no more than the passage of time. Robert Brault

Time is a killer. Everyone knows that. Time will bury us. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. Time makes dust of all things. James Gleick

If only time could be seen whole, then you could see the past remaining intact, instead of vanishing in the rearview mirror. There is your immortality. Frozen in amber. James Gleick

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert H. Schuller Click to tweet

You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you’. See the positive in negative events. Joel Osteen

Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased. Joel Osteen

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony J. D’Angelo

Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you. Herbert Gesser

Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. Jane Welsh Carlyle

It has been said, “time heals all wounds”. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go. Roy T. Bennett

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare

Hard times always lead to something great. Betsey Johnson

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Time Quotes About Clocks, Watches

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Only when the clock stops does time come to life. William Faulkner Click to tweet

Recover time and happiness by minimizing these three apps: phone, calendar, and alarm clock. Naval Ravikant

The clock always ticks. There are times you don’t hear it, and there are times that you do. David Levithan

Watches are so named as a reminder – if you don’t watch carefully what you do with your time it will slip away from you. Drew Sirtors

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. Lee Segall

A single clock works only as long as it refers, sooner or later, obviously or not, to the other clocks around it. One can rage about it, and we do. But without a clock and the dais of time, we each rage in silence, alone. Alan Burdick

Sometime in your life, you will have occasion to say, “What is this thing called time?” What is that, the clock? You go to work by the clock, you get your martini in the afternoon by the clock and your coffee by the clock, and you have to get on the plane at a certain time, and arrive at a certain time. It goes on and on and on and on. Nina Simone

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting. Haruki Murakami

The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked. Tillie Olsen Click to tweet

Tick. Tick. Tick. This is the sound of your life running out. Unknown

The clock is impotent; mechanical time does not affect those living in an eternal present. Paul Schrader

I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other. Pete Seeger

A clock is a little machine that shuts us out from the wonder of time. Susan Glaspell

Clocks were invented to warn us. Tick (time is passing). Tock (time has passed). Kamand Kojouri

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. Golda Meir Click to tweet

Quotes About The Value Of Time

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Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend. Diogenes Click to tweet

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. Lord Chesterfield

Make use of time, let not advantage slip. William Shakespeare

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents- start charging for it. Kim Garst

Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Sydney J. Harris

Whenever we talk about it, we do so in terms of something lesser. We find or lose time, like a set of keys; we save and spend it, like money. Time creeps, crawls, flies, flees, flows, and stands still; it is abundant or scarce; it weighs on us with palpable heft. Alan Burdick

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Abbie Hoffman Click to tweet

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Bil Keane

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. Baltasar Gracian

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Henry David Thoreau (Walden)

Those who possess time are often not aware of its value. Sunday Adelaja

The one that values his time can value the time of others as well. Sunday Adelaja

When you understand the value of time, the resource and the wealth of time, you will be running away from the crowd. Sunday Adelaja

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. Denis Waitley

With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have. Mitch Albom

Lots of people wait around “for the right time”. People don’t know that there is no such thing as a right time. Time is never right nor wrong. The only negative factor of time is that you can lose it and the only positive factor of time is that you can seize it. C. JoyBell C.

Seize the time, Meribor. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. J.R.R. Tolkien

Time as he grows old teaches many lessons. Aeschylus

Quotes About Wasted Time, Lost Time

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A day without laughter is a day wasted. Charlie Chaplin Click to tweet

If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time. Billy Joel

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. William Shakespeare

What fools call “wasting time” is most often the best investment. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is named the “Web” for good reason. David Foster Wallace

We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves. Alice Bloch

The thing about working with time, instead of against it, …is that it is not wasted. Even pain counts. Ursula K. Le Guin

Don’t live in the past. There’s no point. You can’t change anything. What a waste of time. Bob Newhart

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. George Matthew Adams

When it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. Seneca

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. Ambrose Bierce

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. Victor Hugo

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. Eva Young

When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection. Aiden Wilson Tozer

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations. Benjamin Disraeli

A year from now you will wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. Muhammad Ali

I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time. Dean Kamen

There’s no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time. Helen Mirren

Don’t waste your time on revenge. Those who hurt you will eventually face their own karma. Unknown

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted. Michelangelo Click to tweet

It’s such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it. Mitch Albom

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality. Benjamin Franklin

See also: How To Stop Wasting Time and Improve Your Personal Effectiveness (dariusforoux.com)

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What fools call wasting time is most often the best investment. Nassim Nicholas Taleb Click to tweet

No time is lost – it is a necessary part of the R&D phase for your work, career, life. Neil Strauss

The best way to fill time is to waste it. Marguerite Duras

If you’re wasting time having fun, you’re not wasting time. Tim Ferriss

He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time. Mason Cooley Click to tweet

See also: 5 Reasons Boredom Can Be Good For Your Health (huffingtonpost.com)

Time Quotes About Money

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Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. Jim Rohn Click to tweet

Everyone looks for a better way to invest money, few look for a better way to invest time. Jack Butcher

Time is valuable, and when it is gone, it is gone. Time is wealth, and unlike money, when it is gone, you cannot replace it. Napoleon Hill

Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life. Michael Leboeuf

Be selective with who you invest your time, wasted time is worse than wasted money. Unknown

Earn with your mind, not your time. Naval Ravikant Click to tweet

Trade money for time, not time for money. You’re going to run out of time first. Naval Ravikant

You’re never going to get rich renting out your time. Naval Ravikant

Time is money says the proverb, but turn it around and you get a precious truth. Money is time. George Gissing

If time is money, it seems moral to save time, above all one’s own, and such parsimony is excused by consideration for others. One is straight-forward. Theodor Adorno

Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial. Frank Dane

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Quotes About Time Management, Success, Work, Business

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Discipline is your relationship with the time you have left. Barbara McNally Click to tweet

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter F. Drucker

Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short. Adam Hochschild

There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing. Brian Tracy

Take a deep breath, count to ten, and tackle each task one step at a time. Linda Shalaway

Spend less time giving your opinions and more time seeking the opinions of others. Tim Fargo

I get paid not by how many hours I work, but by the importance of the problems I solve. Unknown

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen R. Covey

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. Stephen R. Covey

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you don’t have time, the truth is, you don’t have priorities. Think harder; don’t work harder. Tim Ferriss

Take charge of your schedule. Make time for reflection and relaxation. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

You can’t make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future. Ashley Ormon

Decide what your priorities are and how much time you’ll spend on them. If you don’t, someone else will. Harvey Mackay

We must use time creatively. Martin Luther King Jr

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. Zig Ziglar

Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute. Zig Ziglar

The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing. Barry Werner

The shorter way to do many things is to only do one thing at a time. Mozart Click to tweet

It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important. Doris Lessing

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have. John C. Maxwell

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

Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre. Warren Buffett

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln

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See also: 15 Time Management Tips for Achieving Your Goals (entrepreneur.com)

Part 4. Poems On Time

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Poem #1. Hymn To Time by Ursula K. Le Guin

Time says “Let there be”
every moment and instantly
there is space and the radiance
of each bright galaxy.

And eyes beholding radiance.
And the gnats’ flickering dance.
And the seas’ expanse.
And death, and chance.

Time makes room
for going and coming home
and in time’s womb
begins all ending.

Time is being and being
time, it is all one thing,
the shining, the seeing,
the dark abounding.

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Poem #2. Ecclesiastes
For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Part 5. 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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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.

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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.

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  1. 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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