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A collection of best quotes and thoughts on the importance of time from famous people.

Meaningful Time Quotes We All Must Know

We all have heard our elders teaching us the importance of ‘Time’. Day in and day out we talk of time flying away in a jiffy, about time being of great value, and also about not squandering away our time aimlessly as it is indeed a precious resource. We all have learnt and experienced that Time, if once lost never returns and that Time should be utilized in a way so that at the end of the day we have a sense of accomplishment. Time is also considered to be the greatest healer. It is said that time has the power to heal a broken heart, life failures or any forlorn events that might occur in one’s life. Time management also forms a crucial element of one’s life. It is very important to schedule our life and events in a way that we are able to spend Time diligently in all spheres of our life. Many motivational speakers, eminent entrepreneurs, celebrities and philosophers have expressed their opinions, viewpoint, thoughts and experiences on the significance of time. Take a look at the famous, popular, inspiring and motivational quotes and thoughts on Time that will teach you to measure time by moments and not by clock.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

- Mark Twain

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

- Mother Teresa

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

- Bil Keane

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

- William Shakespeare

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

- William Shakespeare

I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.

- Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love, Jimi Hendrix

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

- William Shakespeare

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

- Mark Twain

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.

- William Shakespeare

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.

- William Shakespeare

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

- William Shakespeare

Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

- William Shakespeare

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

- Stephen King

Thou know'st the first time that we smell the air we wawl and cry. When we are born we cry, that we are come to this great state of fools.

- William Shakespeare

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

- Mark Twain

When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.

- Maya Angelou

There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered.

- William Shakespeare

In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

- George Orwell

My daddy said, that the first time you fall in love, it changes you forever and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.

- The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks

None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.

- The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice

I mean, if the relationship can't survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?

- The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

- A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

- Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

- Elie Wiesel

All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.

- As You Like It, William Shakespeare

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

- Dave Eggers

Why is it," he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?" "Because I like you," she said, "and I don't want anything from you.

- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

- Oscar Wilde

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 not.

- Music and Other Poems, Henry Van Dyke

It's possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems, and that in time, the grief . . . lessens. It may not go away completely, but after a while it's not so overwhelming.

- Dear John, Nicholas Sparks

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

- Mother Teresa

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

- Maya Angelou

Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.

- Carl Sandburg

If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.

- Nicholas Sparks

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.

- Deepak Chopra

I feel like a million tonight - but one at a time.

- Bette Midler

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

- No Man Is an Island, Thomas Merton

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

- Barack Obama

Time is the longest distance between two places.

- The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.

- The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.

- Paulo Coelho

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

- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol

I made a pact with myself a long time ago: Never watch anything stupider than you. It's helped me a lot.

- Bette Midler

While I sleep, I dream of you, and when I wake, I long to hold you in my arms. If anything, our time apart has only made me more certain that I want to spend my nights by your side, and my days with your heart.

- Nights in Rodanthe, Nicholas Sparks

All fiction is about people, unless it's about rabbits pretending to be people. It's all essentially characters in action, which means characters moving through time and changes taking place, and that's what we call 'the plot'.

- Margaret Atwood

See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

- Robin Williams

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

- The Citizen of the World, Oliver Goldsmith

If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second.

- Johnny Depp

It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.

- Gertrude Stein

She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.

- The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir

I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.

- I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, Amy Sedaris

How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.

- Julian, Gore Vidal

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

- The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin

Tonight’s December thirty-first, Something is about to burst. The clock is crouching, dark and small, Like a time bomb in the hall. Hark, it's midnight, children dear. Duck! Here comes another year!

- Collected verse from 1929 on, Ogden Nash

Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

- Time Enough for Love, Robert A. Heinlein

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Spending time with you showed me what I’ve been missing in my life.

- The Choice, Nicholas Sparks

Spring is the time of plans and projects.

- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.

- George Carlin

People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.

- Lost Horizon, James Hilton

People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.

- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.

- Virginia Woolf

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

- Marie Curie

In our time together, you claimed a special place in my heart, one I'll carry with me forever and that no one can ever replace.

- Dear John, Nicholas Sparks

Cycling is a joy and faster than many other modes of transport, depending on the time of day. It clears the head.

- David Byrne

Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling

I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.

- Margaret Atwood

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

- Johnny Cash

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.

- Four Quartets, T S Eliot

Genres aren't closed boxes. Stuff flows back and forth across the borders all the time.

- Margaret Atwood

My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.

- David Byrne

I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.

- William Shakespeare

We have eyes, and we're looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.

- Eric Carle

There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go--if there are no doors or windows--he walks through a wall.

- Bernard Malamud

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

- Carl Sagan

A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.

- On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

- T S Eliot

Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.

- Charles Lamb

Time takes away the grief of men.

- Desiderius Erasmus

Time is an illusion.

- Albert Einstein

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.

- Margaret Atwood

Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.

- The Devil and Miss Prym, Paulo Coelho

I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time.

- David Byrne

The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.

- Sea Grapes, Derek Walcott

The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.

- Ava Gardner

Of course I regret not having been able to spend time with my family.

- Aung San Suu Kyi

Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.

- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Human beings want to be free and however long they may agree to stay locked up, to stay oppressed, there will come a time when they say 'That's it.' Suddenly they find themselves doing something that they never would have thought they would be doing, simply because of the human instinct that makes them turn their face towards freedom.

- Aung San Suu Kyi

Be glαd of life, becαuse it gives you the chαnce to love αnd to work αnd to plαy αnd to look up αt the stαrs; to be sαtisfied with your posessions, to despise nothing in the world except fαlsehood αnd meαnness αnd to feαr nothing except cowαrdice; to be governed by your αdmirαtions rαther thαn by your disgusts, to covet nothing thαt is your neighbour's except his kindness of heαrt αnd gentleness of mαnners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and to spend αs much time αs you cαn with body αnd with spirit.

- Henry Van Dyke

I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.

- Johnny Cash

Despite your best efforts, people are going to be hurt when it's time for them to be hurt.

- Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami

Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.

- Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

Well, that's your opinion, isn't it? And I'm not about to waste my time trying to change it.

- Lady Gaga

Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now.

- Margaret Atwood

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.

- Aaron Copland

I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.

- Johnny Cash

Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.

- Tennessee Williams