Time Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old time quotes, time sayings, and time proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

John Updike

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 brings all things to pass.

Aeschylus

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

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.     

J.M. Barrie

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

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

The Talmud

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

You can't make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.

Ashley Ormon

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

Mother Teresa

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.     

Golda Meir

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Nelson Mandela

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