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.     


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.     


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