50 Quotes About Time That Make You Grateful for Every Second

Time flies. Take a moment's pause to reflect on the past, present, and future with these quotes about time.

Time is the most precious gift we have, and with it passing so quickly, it’s important to reflect on how beautiful it really is. Take a minute (you have 1,440 of them today) to read these life-changing quotes about time. If you’re looking to reflect even more, make sure you also check out these uplifting quotes, quotes about change, and quotes about life.

Short quotes about time

1. “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” —Pope John Paul II

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

3. “Seize the day, then let it go.” —Marty Rubin

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

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

6. “The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.” —Lord Chesterfield

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

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

9. “Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.” —Rose Kennedy

10. “Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” —Khalil Gibran

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

12. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” —Abraham Lincoln

13. “Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” —Max Frisch

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14. “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” —Heraclitus

15. “Life, if well lived, is long enough.” —Seneca

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Inspirational quotes about time

16. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep t, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” —Harvey Mackay

17. “One day you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” —John Green

18. “Although we try to control it in a million different ways, the only things you can ever really do to time are enjoy it or waste it. That’s it.” —A.J. Compton 

19. “No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.” —Haruki Murakami

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

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21. “The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.” —G.K. Chesterton

22. “We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.” —Warren Zevon

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

24. “The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” —Niccolò Machiavelli

25. “Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.” —George Bernard Shaw

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

27. “You have got to own your days and live them, each one of them, every one of them, or else the years go by and none of them belong to you.” —Herb Gardner

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

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Famous quotes about time

29. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”  —C.S. Lewis

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

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

32. “Time flies over us but leaves its shadow behind.” —Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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34. “Time does not pass; it continues.” —Marty Rubin

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

36. “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

37. “Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new.” —Paracelsus

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

39. “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

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Funny quotes about time

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

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

42. “Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

43. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” —Douglas Adams

44. “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 $75 per hour for it without necessarily fixing anything.” —Dave Barry

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

46. “So little time and so little to do.” —Oscar Levant

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

48. “Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial.” —Frank Dane

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

50. “I am definitely going to take a course on time management … just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” —Louis E. Boone

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Emma Taubenfeld
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