Hourglass Sayings and Quotes

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

Maybe happiness was an hourglass already running out, the grains tipping, sifting past each other. Maybe it was a state of mind.     

Paula McLain

As we hypnotically watch the steadily diminishing reserve of sand in life's hourglass, the instincts of a miser surface. Life is now savored, sipped as with a fine 19th Century French wine.     

Joe L. Wheeler

To the true teacher, time's hour-glass should still run gold-dust.     

Douglas William Jerrold

We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.     

Robert M. Pirsig

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

The sand in the hourglass runs from one compartment to the other, marking the passage of moments with something constant and tangible.If you watch the flowing sand, you might see time itself riding the granules.Contrary to popular opinion, time is not an old white-haired man, but a laughing child.And time sings.     

Vera Nazarian

Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.     


We all have hourglass figures; your sand just settles in different places.     

Octavia Spencer

Death is just the moment that your hourglass runs out of sand. That's it. It happens to everyone eventually. All any of us gets to decide is where the sand falls.     

Ryan Winfield

Hour-glasses remind us, not only of how time flies, but at the same time of the dust into which we shall one day decay.     

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.     

Jules Renard

We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it's all gone.     

Pablo Picasso

We can never turn back the pages of time, though we may wish to relive a happy moment, or say good-bye just one last time, we never can, because the sands of time continue to fall, and we can't turn the hourglass over.