53 Best Time Quotes and Sayings

Time is a precious commodity, one that should not be taken for granted. After all, it is impossible to recover once it passes us by. That is why these 53 time quotes are so important – they remind us that time is fleeting and that each moment should be cherished and enjoyed.

One of my favorite quotes by Michael Altshuler is, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” It’s one of my favorites because it reminds me that I am in charge of what I do with my time. We should take these wise words seriously as they underscore just how important it is to make the best use of our days. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these time quotes…

"Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’" - Lao Tzu
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1) “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu

2) “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.” – William Shakespeare

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

4) “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

5) “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare

6) “Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” – Dave Eggers

7) “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey

8) “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

9) “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Bertrand Russell

Time quotes remind us how time flies.

"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
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10) “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

11) “The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

12) “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

13) “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – Pope John Paul II

14) “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Theresa

15) “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” – Margaret Peters

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

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17) “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

18) “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden

19) “Time is what we want most but what we use worst.” – William Penn

When you feel pain in your life, don’t rush it…

"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
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20) “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

21) “Time is the wisest counselor of all.” – Pericles

22) “The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.” – Lord Chesterfield

23) “Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.” – Rose Kennedy

24) “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”  – Anthony G. Oettinger

25) “Time is the longest distance between two places.” – Tennessee Williams

Time Quotes by Benjamin Franklin

"Lost time is never found again." - Benjamin Franklin
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26) “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

27) “Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin

28) “The most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs 

29) “No man goes before his time. Unless the boss leaves early.” – Groucho Marx

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

31) “Own time or time will own you.” – Brian Norgard

32) “The past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t here.” – Finley Peter Dunne

33) “Punctuality is the thief of time.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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34) “Seize the day, then let it go.” – Marty Rubin

35) “‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”  – Timothy Ferriss

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

37) “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bil Keane

38) “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise, you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” – Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

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39) “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

Tough people last…

Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert H. Schuller
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40) “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

41) “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Jack Kornfield

42) “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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43) “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” – Theophrastus

44) “Time waits for no one.” – Unknown

45) “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” – Roy T. Bennett

46) “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” – John F. Kennedy

47) “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

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48) “Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.” – Harry Potter

49) “Time is the wisest counselor of all.” – Pericles

Time Quotes for LOTR fans.

"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
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50) “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

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51) “Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” – Khalil Gibran

52) “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

53) “Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

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