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100 Encouraging Time Quotes to Understand the Value of Time

Time. There are moments when we believe that nothing is enough. Sometimes, we simply let things go to waste.

There are times when we hope we could relive them. While you are thinking about the past or the future, you can lose track of time. We all have the same amount of time every day, making it the one issue that is constant across all of our lives.

100 Inspiring Time Quotes with Images

To help you shift your view on time and maximize your days, we’ve chosen 100 of the greatest time quotes ever.

40 Best Time Quotes

1. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” — Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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2. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” — William Penn, Fruits of Solitude

3. “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

4. “The most precious resource we all have is time.” — Steve Jobs

5. “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” — Margaret Peters

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

7. “No man goes before his time. Unless the boss leaves early.” — Groucho Marx

8. “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

9. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” — C.S. Lewis

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10. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” — Michael Altshuler

11. “There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.” — Leo Christopher

12. “An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can’t buy that inch of time with an inch of gold.” — Chinese Proverb

13. “There’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always enough time to do it over.” — Jack Bergman

14. “A man who dares to waste an hour has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin

15. “Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” — Miles Davis

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

17. “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun

18. “Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” — Ray Cummings, The Girl in the Golden Atom

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19. “It’s not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it.” — Seneca

20. “I wish I could turn back the clock and find you sooner so I can love you longer.” — Unknown

21. “Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.” — Alice Walker, The Color Purple

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

23. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” — “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson

24. “They always say time changes things, but you have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

25. “Time is a waste of money.” — Oscar Wilde

26. “Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.” — Lucille S. Harper

27. “No measure of time with you will be long enough. But let’s start with forever.” — Stephenie Meyer, Breaking DawnA time quote

28. “You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” — Bonnie Prudden

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29. “Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30.” — Robert Frost

30. “Time has no meaning when you’re in love.” — Unknown

31. “Better three hours too soon than one minute too late.” — William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

32. “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” — Sarah Dessen

33. “There is a time for work and a time for love. That leaves no other time.” — Coco Chanel

34. “Time is the longest distance between two places.” — Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

35. “To live is so startling, it leaves little time for anything else.” — Emily Dickinson

36. “Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac

37. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” — Albert Einstein

38. “Time you enjoy wasted was not time wasted.” — John Lennon

39. “Time is precious. Make sure you spend it with the right people.” — Unknown

40. “Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984

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41. “Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.” — Marcel Proust

42. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa

43. “The few hours I spend with you are worth the thousand hours I spend without you.” — Unknown

44. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee

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

46. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” — Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

47. “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

48. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

49. “Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” — George Harrison

50. “Own time or time will own you.” — Brian Norgard

51. “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” — Heraclitus, Fragments

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

53. “How did it get so late so soon? It’s the night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” — Dr. Seuss, “How Did it Get So Late So Soon?”

54. “Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.” — Stephen King, The Green Mile

55. “Time can be a greedy thing-sometimes it steals the details for itself.” — Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

56. “Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.” — Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot

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57. “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

58. “It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.” — Vincent Van Gogh

59. “Punctuality is the thief of time.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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

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

62. “We shouldn’t waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never.” — Colleen Hoover, It Ends With Us

63. “Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.” — Diogenes 64

65. “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, The Tao of Pooh

66. “Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.” — Michelle Obama, Becoming

67. “It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.” — Anna Wintour

68. “If one has no time, one has also lost oneself.” — Marc Wittmann, Felt Time

69. “Every day is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.” — Christopher Rice

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

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71. “I don’t need time, I need a deadline.” — Duke Ellington

72. “Each day a day goes by.” — Carlo Goldoni

73. “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” — Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

74. “Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” — Jim Rohn

75. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” — John F. Kennedy

76. “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 can be done if we are always doing.” — Thomas Jefferson

77. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” — Nelson Mandela

78. “There’s time enough, but none to spare.” – Charles

79. “Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart.” — Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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80. “All great achievements require time.” — Maya Angelou

81. “Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” — Robert Orben

82. “Time will explain.” — Jane Austen, Persuasion

83. “Time and tide wait for no man.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

84. “Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey.” — Captain Jean-Luc Picard, STAR TREK

85. “Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” — Hans Christian Andersen

86. “Time makes more converts than reason.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense

87. “As time goes by, you seem to weed out the things that were making your life hard.” — Tom Petty

88. “Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.” — Leonardo da Vinci

89. “The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.” — William Butler Yeats

90. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb

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91. “Time is the least thing we have of.” — Ernest Hemingway

92. “Time is long but life is short.” — Stevie Wonder

93. “There are no secrets that time does not reveal.” — Jean Racine

94. “Time is the wisest counselor of all.” — Pericles

95. “You can’t make up for a lost time. You can only do better in the future.” — Ashley Ormon

96. “The way we spend our time defines who we are.” — Jonathan Estrin

97. “It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

98. “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” — Art Buchwald

99. “The present time has one advantage over every other — it is our own.” — Charles Caleb Colton

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100. “Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” — Tim Ferriss, Tools of Titans


We are all familiar that time passes quickly when we are having fun and slowly when we are overwhelmed with boredom. Although we might all gladly skip the few minutes we spent in a bank line, there are occasions when we would rather press the stop button and appreciate each second.

Yet, the time keeps ticking.Despite this, there’s no need to give up. When we are conscious of the passage of time, we may maximise our days and cherish each moment.


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