Clock Sayings and Quotes

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


Clocks slay time. Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.     

William Faulkner

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.     

Proverb

You've got to clock the hours and pay your dues. Then eventually, people will come to you. You have to be patient and appreciative.     

Elisabeth Rohm

The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present.     

Alice Morse Earle

There are people whose clocks stop at a certain point in their lives.     

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

The clock is ticking as nature attempts to absorb the increased greenhouse gas emissions.     

Ernest Moniz

The mind is like a clock that is constantly running down and must be wound up daily with good thoughts.     

Fulton J Sheen

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

David Levithan

Digital clocks took the space out of time.     

Don DeLillo

Time - whether you are burning it up or falling in love or spreading it out thin in a dentist's waiting room is a commodity that cannot be weighed out and measured by clocks.     

Joan Lindsay

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

Susan Glaspell

The clock sweats out each minute of what meat is left to us.     

Joseph Bathanti

We progress a step farther, in each tick of the clock.     

Ronnie Cornelisz

CLOCK, n. A machine of great moral value to man, allaying his concern for the future by reminding him what a lot of time remains to him.     

Ambrose Bierce

Clocks will go as they are set, but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.     

Thomas Otway

Time has its own dimensions, and neither the sun nor the clock can encompass them all.     

Hal Borland

Knowing what o'clock it is gives ye the illusion that ye have some control over your circumstances.     

Diana Gabaldon

Ten million years will not put a strain on the clock of eternity.     

Leonard Ravenhill

A clock only turns one direction.     

Nancy E Turner

The clock strikes off the hollow half-hours of all the life that is left to you, one by one.     

Emily Bronte

Your clock cannot buy you more time, your bed cannot get you more sleep, your titles cannot acquire you more influence, your fame cannot gain you more honor, and your money cannot earn you more happiness.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

The clock never stops, never stops, never waits. We're growing old. It's getting late.     

Ben Folds

Clocks in disagreement are worse than no clock at all.     

David Mitchell

Clock watchers never seem to be having a good time.     

James Cash Penney

Ah! the clock is always slow; it is later than you think.     

Robert W Service

We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again.     

Paul Kagame

A Clock is not time; it's numbers and springs. Pay it no mind.     

Peter S Beagle

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

Anonymous

Time is running out for us But you just move the hands upon the clock You throw coins in the wishing well For us You just move your hands upon the wall.     

Thom Yorke

You have to be like a clock spring, wound but not loose at the same time.     

Dave Winfield

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

Haruki Murakami

The clock ticked with empty urgency, as though trying to catch up with the time. In the street a siren howled.     

Ralph Ellison

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.     

Sam Levenson

Even stopped clocks are right twice a day.     

Paulo Coelho

Clock measurement is not time itself. In fact, so opposed are they that one could argue the clock is not a synonym, but the opposite of time.     

Jay Griffiths

No clock is more regular than the belly.     

Francois Rabelais

as all clocks need winding, so all human brains and bodies need to be wound up by sleeping.     

Julia McNair Wright

A story conducted by the time of a clock and calendars alone would be a story not of human beings but of mechanical toys.     

Mary Lascelles

Every click of the cosmic clock brings us closer to the process for which the planet called us into existence.     

Terence McKenna

The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion.     

Dean Koontz

Time clocks rob the world of wild possibility. That's what they're for.     

Stephanie Mills

By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.     

Victor Hugo

Consider a clock thermostat, and set it so that you're not using energy when you don't need it, when you're out of your house.     

Al Gore

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

Paul Schrader

We can neither put back the clock nor slow down our forward speed, and as we are already flying pilotless, on instrument controls, it is even too late to ask where we are going.     

Igor Stravinsky

The clock of doom had struck as fated; the poet, without a sound, let fall his pistol on the ground.     

Aleksandr Pushkin

The clock is the most scared thing in a hospital.     

John Wyndham

The clock is just as much a part of the game as the board and pieces, and losing because of time-trouble is no different to losing because of weak play - it's still a zero on the score-sheet.     

John Nunn

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

Kamand Kojouri

The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour.     

A. Daniel Goldsmith

You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.     

A. Daniel Goldsmith

The present only is your own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in tomorrow, for the clock may then be still.     

A. Daniel Goldsmith

Don't forget to wind the clock before you go to bed.     

A. Daniel Goldsmith

The best part of the day is over when the alarm clock goes off.     

A. Daniel Goldsmith

The man who invented the alarm clock believed people slept too long or worked too little.     

Evan Esar

The only thing worse than hearing the alarm clock is not hearing it.     

Evan Esar

Some men have alarm clocks; others have their wives elbows.     

Evan Esar

Of all daylight-saving plans, the best by far is an alarm clock.     

Evan Esar

When an alarm clock wakes a man up, it makes him feel not like the early bird, but like the worm.     

Evan Esar

An alarm clock is a device that wakes you up just in time to go back to sleep.     

Evan Esar

What this country needs is an alarm clock that can be set on Saturday night to ring Monday morning.     

Evan Esar

The man who invented the alarm clock probably did more than anyone else to arouse the working classes.     

Evan Esar

An alarm clock is built with a mechanism to scare the daylights into you.     

Evan Esar

Take a lesson from the clock; it passes the time by keeping its hands busy.     

Evan Esar

An office clock is rarely stolen, probably because everyone watches it.     

Evan Esar

No matter how fast a clock may run, it always winds up at the same place.     

Evan Esar

In some homes the clock, like father, is always wrong.     

Evan Esar

A clock is a modest piece of furniture that covers its face with its hands, and runs down its own works.     

Evan Esar

Those who work by the clock cannot think for themselves.     

Apurva Gaglani

Observe the clock. It shows that time changes every second, yet the change repeats every 12 hours.     

Apurva Gaglani

If you happen to break a wall-clock, realize that you have less time to live.     

Apurva Gaglani

Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

Here I lie, a clock-o'-clay, waiting for the time o' day.     

John Clare

Did I hear the church-clock a few minutes ago, I was asked, and I answered, I hardly did know, but I thought that I heard it strike three.     

Charles Lamb

The teacher had brought in an old clock for some of his students to work on in their spare time.     

Steven R. Mamchak

One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock, Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock rock. Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock rock, We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.     

The Isley Brothers

The clock don't stop. Absorbs to the core. I wish I fall. I sink to the floor.     

ECCO2K

The clock is tickin' and we can't stop (can't stop, no) Open that soda pop, bop-a shu-bop shu-bop.     

Britney Spears

Tick-tock, stop the clock. Time keeps moving on, soon my baby will be gone.     

Fats Domino

I executed each of my task meticulously as the clock indefatigably ticked; harmoniously carrying out all my duties of the day without the slightest of circumspection or bewilderment.     

Nikhil Parekh

Night after night goes by: and clocks still chime and stars are changing pattrns in the dark.     

Christopher Morley

You say it is only twelve o'clock. Suppose it isn't any later; can't you ever think it is afternoon when it is only twelve o'clock?     

Rabindranath Tagore

Hold--hold--good Clock, another quarter stay--for if I cannot raise, or beg or borrow.     

Joseph Howe