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.


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

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

The Talmud

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

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.     

Andy Warhol

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.     

Art Buchwald

You may delay, but time will not.     

Benjamin Franklin

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.     

Bruce Lee

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.     

Bruce Lee

The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own.     

Charles Caleb Colton

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.     

Charles F. Kettering

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.     

Chinese Proverb

In such seconds of decision entire futures are made.     

Dan Simmons

How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?     

Dr. Seuss

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.     

Harvey Mackay

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.     

Henry David Thoreau

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.     

Henry Ford

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.     

Horace Mann

The future is uncertain but the end is always near.     

Jim Morrison

Every second is of infinite value.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The way we spend our time defines who we are.     

Jonathan Estrin

Do we need more time? Or do we need to be more disciplined with the time we have?     

Kerry Johnson

There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.     

Leo Christopher

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.     

Leo Tolstoy

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.     

M. Scott Peck