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I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. (Douglas Adams)

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. (George Matthew Adams)

If time is money, it seems moral to save time, above all one's own, and such parsimony is excused by consideration for others. One is straight-forward. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, / Make me a child again just for to-night! (Elizabeth Akers Allen)

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. (Woody Allen)

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. (Michael Althsuler)

People are the least creative when fighting the clock... Time pressure stifles creativity because people can't deeply engage with the problem. (Teresa Amabile)

Time and space are fragments of the infinite for the use of finite creatures. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. (Mario Andretti)

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time. (Anonymous)

Time is the best teacher; unfortunately it kills all its students. (Anonymous)

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. (Aristotle)

-Thirteen Reasons Why...
You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret... is to press play. (Jay Asher)

Time will say nothing but I told you so... (W. H. Auden)

Note affixed to a meticulous study of a rooster and hens: 'These chickens were painted... in one morning before one o'clock lunch, as someone visiting... did not believe such rapid work could be done.' (John James Audubon)

Lost time is never found again. (John H. Aughey)

The more time you spend talking about what you have been doing, the less time you have to spend doing what you have been talking about. (Norman Augustine)

Limit time to the present. Meditate upon your last hour. (Marcus Aurelius)

Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed. Short, therefore, is man's life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells. (Marcus Aurelius)

Live more and more in the present, which is ever beautiful and stretches away beyond the limits of the past and the future. (Meher Baba)

No artist knows in his own lifetime whether what he does will be the slightest good, because it takes at least seventy-five to a hundred years before the thing begins to sort itself out. (Francis Bacon)

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. (Charles Baudelaire)

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. (Charles Baudelaire)

The message across time from the painted bison and the carved ivory seal speaks not of the differences between the makers of that art and ourselves, but of the similarities. Today these similarities lay hidden beneath urban complexity - audience, critics, economics, trivia - in a self-conscious world. Only in those moments when we are truly working on our own work do we recover the fundamental connection we share with all makers of art. (David Bayles, Ted Orland)

The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. (Samuel Beckett)

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today. (Brendan Francis Behan)

At all levels of technique and idea, art is 100% timing as existence is timing itself. (Philippe Benichou)

We never shall have any more time we have, and we have always had, all the time there is. (Thomas A. Bennett)

Magic hour is not the time to be in a restaurant. (Roloff Beny)

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. (Bernard Berenson)

Time, time - that is our greatest master! Alas, like Ugolino, time devours its own children. (Hector Berlioz)

-The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope. (Ambrose Bierce)

hurry, n. The dispatch of bunglers. (Ambrose Bierce)

It's to capture an inner feeling, a moment in time so quickly passing... A moment that is beyond words, almost beyond thought. (Betty Jean Billups)

Lord save us from the time management police. (Eleanor Blair)

One of the essential characteristics we must have to be happy and productive artists is the skill to navigate our way through random time; so that even without a clock for a compass, and without a clear destination, we still know what direction to go. (Eleanor Blair)

Eternity is in love with the creations of time. (William Blake)

The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure. (William Blake)

If coming events are said to cast their shadows before, past events cannot fall to leave their impress behind them. (Helena P. Blavatsky)

Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, I want to tie the two arms together, / And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags. (Robert Bly)

Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me. (Nicolas Boileau)

I have to get it out quick or I cool off. (Sergei Bongart)

I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year. (Victor Borge)

-A New Refutation of Time, 1946 (trans. by James E. Irby)
Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges. (Jorge Luis Borges)

Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. (Elizabeth Bowen)

First God created time; then God created man that man might, in the course of time, perfect himself; then God decided that He'd better create eternity. (Robert Brault)

I have never thought of time as being linear. I believe in circular time, one season following another. (Josy Hilkes Britton)

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time. (Fred Brooks)

If you could only know and see and feel, all of a sudden, that 'the time is short,' how it would break the spell. How you would go instantly and do the thing, which you might never have another chance to do! (Phillips Brooks)

Everything that ever happened is still happening. Past, present and future keep happening in the eternity which is Here and Now. (James Broughton)

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. (Art Buchwald)

Time, O my friend, is money! Time wasted can never conduce to money well managed. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Everything that goes up must come down. But there comes a time when not everything that's down can come up. (George Burns)

Even though it may only take one hour to produce a great work of art, there are years of nurtured vision and feeling in every stroke. (Susan Easton Burns)

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. (John Burroughs)

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. (Leo Buscaglia)

-quoted by Suetonius, first century AD...
Hasten slowly. (Augustus Caesar)

We need not destroy the past. It is gone. (John Cage)

Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. (Susan Cain)

Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless. (Julia Cameron)

We all have time to write. We have time to write the minute we are willing to write badly, to chase a dead end, to scribble a few words, to write for the hell of it instead of for the perfect and polished result. (Julia Cameron)

The more time it takes to decide what to do, the more time we will need. (Vittorio Canta)

Why do 'slow down' and 'slow up' mean the same thing? Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand? (George Carlin)

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. (George Carlin)

If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. (Jim Carrey)

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again... (Pablo Casals)

Right now a moment of time is fleeting by! Capture its reality in paint... We must become that moment, make ourselves a sensitive recording plate... give the image of what we actually see, forgetting everything that has been seen before our time. (Paul Cezanne)

By chance I fell into the dust net of this world where in an instant passed some thirty years. (T'ao Ch'ien)

Time is a river without banks. (Marc Chagall)

There is a time for work, and a time for love. That leaves no other time. (Coco Chanel)

Time and tide wait for no man. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

There's time enough, but none to spare. (Charles W. Chesnutt)

I recommend you to take care of the minutes: for hours will take care of themselves. (Earl of Chesterfield)

Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. Why? Because it is all we ever have. (Pema Chodron)

When I die and go to heaven, I want to spend the first million years painting – so I can get to the bottom of the subject. (Winston Churchill)

I discovered that you could learn how to improve your effectiveness and be better able to estimate how long a task will take to complete by recording how you utilize your time. (Francesco Cirillo)

As for time, all men have it in abundance. (George S. Clason)

I spend 60 percent of my time planning, 60 percent with people, and all other duties are completed with whatever time is left. (A. W. Clausen)

Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent. (Cleopatra)

Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless. (Bill Clinton)

I never succeed in painting scenes, however beautiful, immediately upon returning from them. I must wait for a time to draw a veil over the common details... (Thomas Cole)

-The Pure and the Impure...
'and how time flies! What, has it already been twenty years, already forty years that we are together? Why, how terrible! We haven't yet said all we wanted to say to each other... May we have a little respite, or else may we be allowed to begin all over again! (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Although a painter should never be in a hurry, yet he should always wish to do his work in the shortest possible time. (John Collier)

Every single moment is a coincidence. (Doug Coupland)

Time has convinced me of one thing: Television is for appearing on – not for looking at. (Noel Coward)

Unfortunately, we don't have a sense of time until we have a sense of death. We all begin as immortals, and time is nothing to an immortal. But at some point we become mortal. (Warren Criswell)

There is a time for the labour of digging and mixing earths, a time for the heat of fire, and a time for contemplating what is done. (Cecilia Davis Cunningham)

Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

-Be Here Now...
Be here now. (Ram Dass)

Presenting the most time generation in history: Ours! (Jeff Davidson)

The time necessary to learn all of the rules for effective living now exceeds your lifetime. (Jeff Davidson)

On either side in Time, there's nothing similar to Now, only memories (the past) or imaginings (the future). The place you were ten seconds ago has vanished, and what is the place ten seconds ahead? There is nothing there. It's very odd. (Arthur Deikman)

We work not only to produce but to give value to time. (Eugene Delacroix)

Always, at the back of your soul, there is something that says to you, 'Mortal, drawn from eternal life for a short time, think how precious these moments are.' (Eugene Delacroix)

Living in the moment, yesterday is farther away than it used to be. And, so is tomorrow. They both matter less. (Jan Denise)

Time is not a line, but a series of now points. (Taisen Deshimaru)

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire. (John Dewey)

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go. (Austin Dobson)

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time. (John Donne)

Great artists treasure their time with a bitter and snarling miserliness. (Catherine Drinker)

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. (Peter Drucker)

Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday's time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. (Peter Drucker)

Time was of the essence... to get this painting finished before the mice ate my pumpkin or it turned into a mouldy mass. (Leoni Duff)

Haste is a poor counselor. (Alexandre Dumas)

Painting doesn't freeze time. It circulates and recycles time like a wheel that turns. Those who were first might well be last. (Marlene Dumas)

Good artists – those who retain their integrity and have grit – are usually successful in time. It can't be hurried. Art takes time. (Bryan Dunleavy)

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years. (Will Durant)

Spend each moment perfecting the next, not correcting the last. (Scott Michael Durski)

Since the well-known victory over the hare by the tortoise, the descendants of the tortoise think themselves miracles of speed. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes)

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

I am long on ideas, but short on time. I only expect to live about a hundred years. (Thomas Edison)

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. (T. S. Eliot)

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. (T. S. Eliot)

I don't need time, I need a deadline. (Duke Ellington)

Adopt the pace of nature. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. (Epictetus)

I was engrossed with the book, I was having difficulties with it, and I just didn't notice the years were going by. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Remember that time is money. (Benjamin Franklin)

Everything in life seems geared for speed so I think it would be easy to miss one's life altogether. Being able to block out and be inside oneself for just 2 minutes can be enough to inspire and relax. (Elaine Fraser)

Deadlines can rip the heart out and, once accomplished, fill the heart with gladness. (Jane Freeman)

If the term discussion has always seemed to me to imply mild warnings of wasted time, workshop sets off a clangorous alarm. (Paul Fussell)

'How long did it take you to paint this picture?' One hour... plus 35 years. (Sylvio Gagnon)

I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look for it. (Neil Gaiman)

The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. (Paul Gauguin)

Do not be frivolous with the gift of a day. Right now it's all you have. Yesterday is history. (Robert Genn)

The job of art is to turn time into things. (Robert Genn)

Mensura tempus - Measure time. (Kjerkius Gennius, 36BC)

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. (Kahlil Gibran)

Days begin and end in the dead of night. They are not shaped long, in the manner of things which lead to ends – arrow, road, man's life on earth. They are shaped round, in the manner of things eternal and stable – sun, world, God. (Jean Giono)

Some things...arrive on their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever. (Gail Godwin)

People ask me how long it took to make a work. I reply by giving them my age. (Ted Godwin)

Without haste, but without rest. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

He studies a single blade of grass. But this blade of grass leads him to draw every plant and then the seasons, the wide aspects of the countryside, then animals, then the human figure. So he passes his life, and life is too short to do the whole. (Vincent van Gogh)

Creativity exists in the present moment. You can't find it anywhere else. (Natalie Goldberg)

We have all passed a lot of water since then. (Samuel Goldwyn)

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. (Baltasar Gracian)

The problem with managing time is you are working against the clock, causing your time to fly by. Sure you get a lot done, but at the end of the day you wonder where the day went. Every moment should be spent enjoying the journey. (Brad Greek)

I'll need my whole lifetime to polish my craft. (Eva Green)

Within ourselves is not very far and yet it is so far that one's whole life is not always long enough to get there. (Julien Green)

Structure your day so you have time for painting, reading, exercising and resting. (Irwin Greenberg)

Don't say, 'I haven't the time.' You have as much time everyday as the great masters. (Irwin Greenberg)

Undoubtedly the Cosmos has created many devices to measure Time. The one we know for sure is us. (Gary John Gresl)

Everything in life, I have come to conclude, is about 15 minutes too long. Except for summer - summer never begins early enough and always ends too soon. (Peter Gzowski)

Having respect for your own time will assure respect for the other person's time. (Robert Half)

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day. (Dag Hammarskjold)

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. (Paul Harvey)

Only occasional hours meet our full requirements. (Henry S. Haskins)

Before the end of Time will be the end of History. Before the end of History will be the end of Art. (Georg Wilhelm Hegel)

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. (Ernest Hemingway)

One hour, focused, is better than four, puttering. (Carolyn Henderson)

-Steppenwolf...
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke. (Hermann Hesse)

-quotation in Greek written on the upper part of the frame on Time Smoking a Picture...
Time is not a great artist but weakens all he touches. (William Hogarth)

Seize the day and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. (Horace)

While we're talking, time will have meanly run on: pick today's fruits, no relying on the future in the slightest. (Horace)

When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

It is a matter mostly of having the time to spare from my finished paintings to put in on travelling and sketching out of doors. (E. J. Hughes)

-to Max Stern...
Leonardo's Mona Lisa sure would have lost out if he had spent only 2 of the 4 or 5 years he took to complete it. It is thinking about him and Ryder, among others, that partly makes me feel so awful to send away a 'half-baked' painting. (E. J. Hughes)

Believe that time is going to help you do what you want. (William Morris Hunt)

It takes 25 years to learn to draw, one hour to learn to paint. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)

It does take a long time and a lot of paint to become our own artist. (Kate Jackson)

Time is more precious than money. You can't buy more of it. Be careful how you spend your time - you can't get it back. (Melissa Jean)

I have protracted my work till most of those whom I wished to please have sunk into the grave; and success and miscarriage are empty sounds. (Samuel Johnson)

The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. (Franz Kafka)

The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. (Franz Kafka)

Finally, I surfaced and wondered where the time had gone. Had the painting painted itself or had I a hand in it? (Ann Manry Kenyon)

Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again. (Stephen King)

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller. (Paul Klee)

Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. (Grenville Kleiser)

My model schedules me. She comes at 10:30 a.m. whether I am ready or not. (Sharon Knettell)

In the context of time, an artist may be seen as a force starting a movement, a flash that died quickly, or just some guy trying to pay his mortgage. Time is usually kinder to Presidents, economists, historians, and revolutionaries. (Jackie Knott)

You cannot be in the here and now by hurrying. Driving too fast, walking as quickly as you can to an appointment, allocating minutes for things. Life is appreciated more in the pauses. (Jackie Knott)

Once, after finishing a picture, I thought I would stop for awhile, take a trip, do things – the next time I thought of this, I found five years had gone by. (Willem de Kooning)

The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion. (Dean Koontz)

There's an assumption that because I'm an artist, I've got all the time in the world. (Wanda Koop)

Doesn't becoming imply time? (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

But our minds are bound to the yardstick of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and with that yardstick we try to inquire into the unknown, to measure that which is not measurable. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence. (Karl Lagerfeld)

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space, and yet nothing puzzles me less, for I never think about them. (Charles Lamb)

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. (Doug Larson)

I forget to take my time when there is too little time remaining. (Jean-Francis Le Saint)

Learning how to operate, a soul figures to take time. (Timothy Leary)

Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. (Michael Leboeuf)

A day spent wasting time, that you enjoyed, is not time wasted... (John Lennon)

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. (Aldo Leopold)

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. (Sam Levenson)

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. (John Lithgow)

-Every Day Art, volume 35, Spring, 1957
I paint a mountain - I think of its age - the strata formations or what grows on the mountain. (Douglas Lockwood)

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. (Jack London)

Open-ended time is often unproductive. (Dorothy Lorenze)

It was the only thing I had to do. I worked to get rid of the time, even now I work for something to do. Painting is a wonderful way of getting rid of the days. (L. S. Lowry)

The limited time, lack of comfort, and changing light and shadows outdoors make me work faster and keep looser. (Mary de Loyht-Arendt)

In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking. (John Lubbock)

I'm lucky enough that there is never a blank canvas in front of me... I have hundreds of projects that I want to do but I am running out of time. (George Lucas)

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)

Time means nothing. You've got to get it right, until it looks like it does in your mind. (Jack Madson)

Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. (Ramana Maharshi)

We can carve time out of thin air, or we can fill up even infinite stretches of time with nothingness. These are our choices. (Eric Maisel)

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. (Nelson Mandela)

-Life of Pi, 2001...
Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time. (Yann Martel)

It is necessary for the birthing process to begin to move in its own organic time. It is necessary that the artist have this sense of timing, that he or she respect... periods of receptivity as part of the mystery of creativity and creation. (Rollo May)

When people run for trains they are running on time. (Francis McCrossan)

Don't count the years, but make the years count. (Lori McNee)

Time stays, we go. (H. L. Mencken)

My hold on the past and the future is precarious and my possession of my own time is always postponed until a stage when I may fully understand it, yet this stage can never be reached, since it would be one more moment bounded by the horizon of its future, and requiring in its turn, further developments in order to be understood. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)

Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. They want quick success and they are in such haste to get it that they cannot take time to be true to themselves. And when the madness is upon them they argue that their very haste is a species of integrity. (Thomas Merton)

Time clocks rob the world of wild possibility. That's what they're for. (Stephanie Mills)

How soon hath time, the subtle thief of youth, / Stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year! (John Milton)

Time. Time is the ultimate luxury. And from cradle to grave, there isn't so much for any of us. Spend it better... (Damar Minyak)

You'll understand, I'm sure that I'm chasing the merest sliver of color. It's my own fault. I want to grasp the intangible. It's terrible how the light runs out. Color, any color, lasts a second, sometimes 3 or 4 minutes at most... (Claude Monet)

I haven't many years left ahead of me and I must devote all my time to painting, in the hope of achieving something worthwhile in the end, something if possible that will satisfy me. (Claude Monet)

Stop and sink into this timeless moment! (Mooji)

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. (Henry Moore)

Don't waste time hoping things get easier... instead use that time to make yourself better. (Kenneth Moore)

-The Forgotten Garden...
... time had a way of moulding people into shapes they themselves no longer recognised. (Kate Morton)

In my own work, I tend to cover a lot of time and to jump back and forward in time, and sometimes the way I do this is not very straightforward. (Alice Munro)

The act of forgiveness is the act of returning to present time. And that's why when one has become a forgiving person, and has managed to let go of the past, what they've really done is they've shifted their relationship with time. (Caroline Myss)

I've been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had their career. (Martina Navratilova)

Time, you beckon. Before you were perfect space, open prairie. Today you are a thread, a drop, a slender light scurrying like a hare towards thickets of concave night. (Pablo Neruda)

Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. (Earl Nightingale)

In the evening I go up in the desert and spend hours watching the sun go down, just enjoying it, and every day I go out and watch it again. I draw some and there is a little painting and so the days go by. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

The more successful paintings just fall off the brush. The less successful ones take longer. (Toni Onley)

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. (George Orwell)

They spend their time mostly looking forward to the past. (John James Osborne)

Time consists of only two tenses, the past and the future. The present is not part of time; the present is part of eternity. (Osho)

Time, the devourer of all things. (Ovid)

If we but give it time, a work of art 'can rap and knock and enter our souls' and re-align us – all our molecules – to make us whole again. (P. K. Page)

Time is a slippery concept, and we are often wrong about it... All too often we find ourselves looking in the right places at the wrong times. (Frank Partnoy)

You may find one day that you have less time than you think. (Randy Pausch)

Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. (M. Scott Peck)

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. (William Penn)

Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time. (Pericles)

Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave. (Pericles)

If I ran the world, there would be a time bank and all those people who don't know what to do with their time, or are bored, would have their hours deposited into a time bank. Those of us with never enough time could go and withdraw extra hours. (Eileen Phillips)

The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality. (Robert M. Pirsig)

I'm in a terrible rush and have to run out to make an etching... (Joseph Plaskett)

To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. (Plato)

It is a commonplace among artists and children at play that they're not aware of time or solitude while they're chasing their vision. The hours fly by. (Steven Pressfield)

Haste makes waste. (proverb)

He who goes slowly goes safely and goes far. (Italian proverb)

Anyone who has spent hours painting with intense focus suddenly realizes that hours have passed, and it may have only seemed like minutes. Time does not exist in the altered state. It is the soul, singing. (Sheila Psaledas)

The shortest recorded period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain. (Jane Bryant Quinn)

It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth. (Francois Rabelais)

Time is a vindictive bandit to steal the beauty of our former selves. We are left with sagging, rippled flesh and burning gums with empty sockets. (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino or Raphael)

You've got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

You can count on time for two things. One is that it will pass. The other is that it will never shut up. (Bill Richardson)

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. (Jean Paul Richter)

We are not 'one-coat' wonders - give yourself time to develop your artwork. (CJ Rider)

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade! (Tony Robbins)

Art takes whatever – and as long as – it takes. (Spider Robinson)

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. (Auguste Rodin)

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. (Will Rogers)

Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it. (Jim Rohn)

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can't get more time. (Jim Rohn)

We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done. (Andy Rooney)

Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. (John Ruskin)

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever. (Carl Sagan)

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)

Time unbounded is hard to handle. (May Sarton)

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

Know where to find the sunrise and sunset times and note how the sky looks at those times, at least once. (Marilyn vos Savant)

If I could have another hour in my day, I would paint another hour. (Kath Schifano)

Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

An emotional response to the events in my life, my paintings often touch on those intangible but powerful moments when we feel the passing of time. (Garren Schrom)

Life is like an ice-cream cone; you have to lick it one day at a time. (Charles Schulz)

My playing is getting all behindhand, as is always the case when Robert is composing. I cannot find one little hour in the day for myself. (Clara Schumann)

Time is the fire in which we burn. (Delmore Schwartz)

Time is the school in which we learn, / Time is the fire in which we burn. (Delmore Schwartz)

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)

Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it. (Peter Shaffer)

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. (George Bernard Shaw)

In a long and healthy life, which is what most of us have, there is plenty of time. (Carol Shields)

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever. (Samuel Smiles)

When I'm painting outdoors, I only have time to think about what I'm saying, not how I'm saying it. (Matt Smith)

How long did it take me to delimit this art? Twenty years! ... It was a laborious process, but a methodical and rational one; gradually the hesitations were ironed out, but not all of a sudden. (Joaquin Sorolla)

I see that time divided is never long, and that regularity abridges all things. (Madame de Stael)

Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect of decompressing time and centering you. (David Steindl-Rast)

Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained. (Stendhal)

You have no idea, unless you have tried it, how endlessly long is a summer's day, that you measure out only by hunger, and bring to an end only when you are drowsy. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Each moment is a place you've never been. (Mark Strand)

Hurry! I never hurry. I have no time to hurry. (Igor Stravinsky)

Getting results doesn't take much time at all. It's not getting results that takes up all the time. (Dan Sullivan)

Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. (Shunryu Suzuki)

We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be. (Gladys Taber)

If it weren't for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn't get done. (Michael S. Taylor)

Just as we have taken in words, we have taken in images... they are afloat within us... as they come out in different combinations, images made in different points in time also become, in a sense, timeless. (Edmund Teske)

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better. (Paul Theroux)

Who thinks that they can kill time without injuring eternity? (Henry David Thoreau)

A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living. (Henry David Thoreau)

Time is but the stream I go a-fishin' in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. (Henry David Thoreau)

Artists need to spend time with their work – to get to know it. (Helena Tiainen)

Time is inelastic and inflexible. Time is indispensable. No achievement is possible without time. (Brian Tracy)

Time management requires self-discipline, self-mastery and self-control more than anything else. (Brian Tracy)

One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas. (Brian Tracy)

Painted time is a different zone. This is why I don't believe that a painting - although I've been accused of it many times now - can be truly topical. A painting's physicality gives it a different persistence and a different perception. (Luc Tuymans)

-in a letter to Henry H. Rogers, Sept. 24, 1894...
I have damaged my intellect trying to imagine why a man should want to invent a repeating clock, and how another man could be found to lust after it and buy it. (Mark Twain)

I sit for two or three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that's part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it; you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time for brush. (Cy Twombly)

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. (Chuang Tzu)

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. (Lao Tzu)

The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present. (Author unknown)

What counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours. (Author unknown)

-A Month of Sundays, 1975
Suspect each moment, for it is a thief, tiptoeing away with more than it brings. (John Updike)

Time is our element, not a mistaken invader. (John Updike)

The days are long enough for those who use them. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Time passes irrevocably. (Virgil)

Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable. (Voltaire)

I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning. (Peter de Vries)

Honor the past, remember the future, and savor the present. (Stewart Wachs)

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. (Denis Waitley)

Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time. (Denis Waitley)

Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have. (William Arthur Ward)

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 Watts)

Past and Future are a duality of which Present is the reality. The now-moment alone is eternal and real. (Wei Wu Wei)

What's happening now is what happened before, and often what's going to happen again sometime or other. (Orson Welles)

The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process. (Edward Weston)

There is no nature in an instant. (Alfred North Whitehead)

When I'm not fidgeting with infinity, I'm just fidgeting. (Brett Whiteley)

When we are doing what we love, we don't care about time. For at least at that moment, time doesn't exist and we are truly free. (Marcia Wieder)

It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves. (Thornton Wilder)

I didn't go to the moon, I went much further - for time is the longest distance between two places. (Tennessee Williams)

Time is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition. (Tennessee Williams)

Time-wasting activities are the dessert. Oftentimes discoveries are made through the back door. (Jean Wilson)

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. (Oprah Winfrey)

We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past. (Tom Wolfe)

Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future. (William Wordsworth)

Time is the most valuable coin you'll ever have. Be careful how you spend it and who you spend it with. (Reverend Worthington)

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. (Steven Wright)

-translated by Stephen Mitchell...
One instant is eternity; / eternity is the now. / When you see through this one instant, / you see through the one who sees. (Wu-Men)

It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment. (Andrew Wyeth)

The factor of time is very vital in life. Those who have accomplished great things in the world have been those who valued time in their life. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines. (Emile Zola)


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