Time Sayings and Quotes

Time is a precious resource and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. From over scheduling and constantly being plugged in, to completely dropping out of the rat race, everyone is looking to maximize the time they have left on earth. After all, there’s only so many hours in the day. Use your time wisely and check out the curated list of inspirational, wise, and humorous time quotes, sayings and proverbs below.


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

Baltasar Gracian

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 thats where you are.

Kazi Shams

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

Bil Keane

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

William Penn

Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death.

Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

If time flies when you're having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don't think you're having enough.     

Jef Mallett

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.     

Maria Edgeworth

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

Theophrastus

Time is the longest distance between two places.

Tennessee Williams

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.     

Lao Tzu

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.     

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.     

Kahlil Gibran

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.     

C.S. Lewis

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

John Updike

The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.     

Shoppenhauer

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!.... his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes.     

Charles Dickens

Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.     

Alan Lakein

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

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

Jeremy Irons

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

Francois Rabelais

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

Dion Boucicault

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

It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.     

J.K. Rowling

Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.

Dominico Cieri Estrada

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

Napoleon I

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

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

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

Charles Darwin

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