101 Brilliant Quotes about Time [and its Mystery]


Do you sometimes find yourself marveling at the mystery of time? The following quotes about time will not only inspire you profoundly but will also help you to appreciate every second of your life. Be sure to also have a look at our list of quotes that will give you strength during tough times.

Time cannot be touched, felt, smelled or heard. Yet, time is all around us. It can be measured and counted but it still seems to follow its own patterns. At times, time feels to be pretty subjective to your own situation. Time appears to be flowing when you are enjoying yourself while every single minute can seem like an eternity when you are suffering.

“Time is an illusion.”
Albert Einstein

The nature of time remains a mystery, to this date. Physicists think of time as the fourth dimension that is adding another layer to space i.e. with, depth, and height. While time was believed to be flowing linearly, Einstein’s theory proposes that there is a relative nature to time.


Inspirational quotes about time

These quotes about time will show you how precious every single second is

The mystery of time is perhaps even a bigger riddle than that of space. To this day, scientists, physicists, philosophers, and people like you and me are pondering on the implications of time.

101 Brilliant Quotes about Time [and its Mystery]

It sometimes can be quite mind-boggling to think about the concept of time. In fact, it’s quite difficult to articulate what time is and why it is so mysterious. Luckily for us, some of the greatest minds have found adequate words to describe time and why it is so precious. The following quotes about time highlight the importance of savoring each minute by fully living in the present moment. Enjoy reading.

Here’s our list of quotes about time


Inspirational quote about time

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
Marthe Troly-Curtin


Wasting time quote

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin


The preciousness of time quote

“Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.”
Cecelia Ahern


Beautiful quote about time

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
Henry Van Dyke


Spending time

“Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.”


“Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time.”
Graham Greene


“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.”
Jean de La Bruyère


“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”
C.S. Lewis


“Lost time is never found again.”
Benjamin Franklin


“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
Denis Waitley


“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future.”
Alan Wilson Watts


“Time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. They would be like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions.”
Stephen W. Hawking


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien


“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”
Rick Warren


“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
Lao Tzu


“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


“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have”
Mitch Albom


“Modern man thinks he loses something – time – when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains, except kill it.”
Erich Fromm


“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
Eckhart Tolle


“You may delay, but time will not.”
Benjamin Franklin


“Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now.”
George Harrison


“Time is what we want most,but what we use worst.”
William Penn


“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.”
David Norris


“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”


“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time – for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”
C.S. Lewis


“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much… The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
Henry David Thoreau


“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Paulo Coelho


“And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.”
Milan Kundera


“Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.”
Benjamin Disraeli


“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


“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”
Henry James


“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
Charles Buxton


“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
Thomas Jefferson


“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. „
Norton Juster


“The strangeness of Time. Not in its passing, which can seem infinite, like a tunnel whose end you can’t see, whose beginning you’ve forgotten, but in the sudden realization that something finite, has passed, and is irretrievable.”
Joyce Carol Oates


“What an unreliable thing is time – when I want it to fly, the hours stick to me like glue.”
Rohinton Mistry


“Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.”
Mario Benedetti


“I’m afraid of time… I mean, I’m afraid of not having enough time. Not enough time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I’m afraid of the quick judgments or mistakes everybody makes. You can’t fix them without time. I’m afraid of seeing snapshots, not movies.”
Ann Brashares


“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.”
Dante Alighieri


“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
William Shakespeare


“Time folds you in its arms and gives you one last kiss, and then it flattens you out and folds you up and tucks you away until it’s time for you to become someone else’s past time, and then time folds again.”
Margaret Atwood


“Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”
William Blake


“How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.”
St. Augustine of Hippo


“It’s such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.”
Mitch Albom


“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
Napoleon Hill


“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.”
Arnold Bennett


“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
Hermann Hesse


“Time has no dominion over love. Love is the one thing that transcends time.”
Jeaniene Frost


“Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.”
Alice Walker


“Time is the twine to tie our lives into parcels of years and months. Or a rubber band stretched to suit our fancy.”
Rohinton Mistry


“The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can’t save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
Benjamin Hoff


“Any time not spent on love is wasted.”
Torquato Tasso


“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
Carl Sandburg


“In eternity there is no time, only an instant long enough for a joke.”
Hermann Hesse


“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in waking, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret.”
Edgar Allan Poe


“And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability.”
Julian Barnes


“We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.”


“Time and tide wait for no man.”
Stephen King


“The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience.”
Joseph Campbell


“I am not particularly interested in saving time; I prefer to enjoy it.”
Eduardo Hughes Galeano


“Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart.”
Haruki Murakami


“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”
Orhan Pamuk


“Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra.”
John Steinbeck


“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
Alan Wilson Watts


“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”
Anthony Doerr


“The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.”
Marcus Aurelius


“Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.”
Ray Cummings


“Time moves in one direction, memory another. We are that strange species that constructs artifacts intended to counter the natural flow of forgetting.”
William Gibson


“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
Leo Tolstoy


“If you keep waiting for the right time, it may never happen. Sometimes you have to make the most of the time you have.”
Priya Ardis


“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
Jorge Luis Borges


“If time be judiciously employed, there is time for everything.”
George Head


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
Bill Watterson


“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Tennessee Williams


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


“‎No people whose word for ‘yesterday’ is the same as their word for ‘tomorrow’ can be said to have a firm grip on the time.”
Salman Rushdie


“Time itself must come to a stop. You can’t get to a time before the big bang, because there was no time before the big bang.”
Stephen W. Hawking


“If we accept time for what it is, how it flows and how we flow with it, I doubt very much that would continue wasting loads of it by constantly checking our watches.”
Samantha Sotto


“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.”
Dave Eggers


“Aside from velcro, time is the most mysterious substance in the universe. You can’t see it or touch it, yet a plumber can charge you upwards of seventy-five dollars per hour for it, without necessarily fixing anything.”
Dave Barry


“Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.”
Frank H. Knight


“There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world.”
Carlo Rovelli


“Everyone’s time is limited. What matters most is to focus on what matters most.”
Roy T. Bennett


“An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”
Gustave Flaubert


“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”
Khalil Gibran


“Time’s the thief of memory”
Stephen King


“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Anthony G. Oettinger


“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy


“Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.”
Dion Boucicault


“Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.”
Stephen King


“Time flows in strange ways on Sundays, and sights become mysteriously distorted.”
Haruki Murakami


“Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón


“You can’t stop time. You can’t capture light. You can only turn your face up and let it rain down.”
Kim Edwards


“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”
Tennessee Williams


“Time is a storm in which we are all lost.”
William Carlos Williams


“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”
Paulo Coelho


“The very nature of the quantum theory… forces us to regard the space-time coordination and the claim of causality, the union of which characterizes the classical theories, as complementary but exclusive features of the description, symbolizing the idealization of observation and description, respectively.”
Niels Bohr


“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. „
Coco Chanel


“Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
Edwin Hubbell Chapin


“A thousand years ago five minutes were
Equal to forty ounces of fine sand.
Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and
Infinite aftertime: above your head
They close like giant wings, and you are dead.”
Vladimir Nabokov

I hope you enjoyed this collection of quotes about time. Do you wish you could sometimes turn back the clock and why?

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