Quotations about Time

Time has always been a fascinating subject for me, so I thought I'd gather some famous and not-so-famous quotations about time and the things we use to measure time.
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All journeys take time.  Here are some of our favorite quotations about time and the things we use to measure time.


“Time is the longest distance between two places.”

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie


Time passes so fast babe
I wish it would last babe
‘Cause I know in my heart
That my life ends and starts with you

–Still in Love with You

New Edition (James Harris III, Terry Lewis)


“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”

Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance


It’s just a question of time
It’s running out for you
It won’t be long until you’ll do
Exactly what they want you to
–A Question of Time
Depeche Mode (Martin L. Gore)


“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


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

Bill Watterson


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

Stephen King, The Green Mile


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

Leo Tolstoy,War and Peace


“…among them a few unusual novels that would be hard to get hold of these days.  Works that in the past had been pretty popular but had been forgotten, read by no one. I enjoyed reading this kind of out-of-date novel.  Doing so let me share–with this old man I never met–the feeling of being left behind by time.”

–Haruki Murakami, Killing Commendatore


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

Henry David Thoreau,Walden


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

Ray Cummings,The Girl in the Golden Atom


“…I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury


“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 Sound and the Fury


“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


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


I hope reading those was time well spent.