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.

When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold. Time strolled. When I became a full-grown man, Time RAN. When older still I daily grew, Time FLEW. Soon I shall find, in passing on, Time gone.     

Henry Twells

The world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time. There was no time before the world.      

Augustine of Hippo

Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, time stays, we go.     

Austin Dobson

There is more time than life.     

Mexican Proverb

Time can bring you down, time can bend you knees. Times can break your heart, have you begging please…Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure. And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven.      

Eric Clapton

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.     

Jesse Jackson

If you let slip time, like a neglected rose it withers on the stalk with languished head.     

John Milton

The moment hung in time like a miner’s hat on an oaken peg in a saloon abandoned ninety years ago.     

Loren D. Estleman

The passing years are like a mist sweeping up from the sea of time so that my memories acquire new aspects.     

W. Somerset Maugham

She was forever saving time, like bits of string.     

Helen Hudson

There is a rhythm inside a year of time, like a great mainspring that keeps it ticking from spring to summer to fall to winter.     

Borden Deal

Time…a substance of some sort which existence burned up like a fire.     

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Time fled past us like a startled bird.     

James Crumley

If time seems to pass so quickly, this is because there are no landmarks. Like the moon when it is at its heights on the horizon.     

Albert Camus

As the waves make toward the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end.     

William Shakespeare

The day runs through me as water through a sieve.     

Samuel Butler

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.     

John F. Kennedy

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.     

Mason Cooley

Lost time is never found again.     

Benjamin Franklin

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.     

Albert Einstein

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.     

Thomas Hardy

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.     

Jean De La Bruyere

Time is an illusion.     

Albert Einstein

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.     

Stephen King

Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.     

William Shakespeare

Time is the wisest counselor of all.     


Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.     

Delmore Schwartz

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.     


The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.     

Stephen R. Covey

Time brings all things to pass.