101 Most Popular Time Quotes That Will Inspire

Time is a fascinating thing, and these 101 quotes about time will get you thinking about life and the effects of time.

Many of these time quotes could inspire you, motivate you, make you ponder, and think about time. Some may even move you or make you a little sad.

So take some time out of your day to read some of the best inspirational time quotes, that will help you reflect on the passing of time.

Time Quote from Albert Einstein "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

Time Quotes

Enjoy reading through 101 of the best and most popular time quotes.

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

M. Scott Peck

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

Andy Warhol

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Bertrand Russell

Time is money.

Benjamin Franklin

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

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

– Charles Buxton

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

– Faith Baldwin

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 eternity.

– Henry Van Dyke

But time growing old teaches all things.

– Aeschylus

Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.

– John Archibald Wheeler

There’s time enough, but none to spare.

– Charles W. Chesnutt

Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.

– Daniel J. Boorstin

On your journey, don’t forget to smell the flowers. Take time out to notice that you’re alive. You can only live in one day.

– Ray Fearon

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

– Leonard Bernstein

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

– Hector Berlioz

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don’t agree. The wounds remain. Time – the mind, protecting its sanity – covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

– Rose Kennedy

Time is the wisest counselor of all.

– Pericles

All great achievements require time.

– Maya Angelou

Perfection is the child of time.

– Joseph Hall

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.

– John Wanamaker

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

– Dorothea Lange

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

The true currency of life is time, not money, and we’ve all got a limited stock of that.

– Robert Harris

Patience and time do more than strength or passion.

– Jean de La Fontaine

Time is the most valuable thing on earth: time to think, time to act, time to extend our fraternal relations, time to become better men, time to become better women, time to become better and more independent citizens.

– Samuel Gompers

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

– Charles Darwin

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

– Napoleon Hill

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.

– Albert Einstein

Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I’m on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding – yet beautiful – Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.

– Buzz Aldrin

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.

– Jean Racine

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

– John F. Kennedy

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.

– George Bernard Shaw

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

– Barbara Bush

Friends are thieves of time.

– Francis Bacon

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

Lost time is never found again.

– Benjamin Franklin

We must use time creatively.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent.

– Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.

– Dion Boucicault

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

– Steve Jobs

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

– Marguerite Duras

Time and tide wait for no man.

– Geoffrey Chaucer

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

– Theophrastus

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

– Bruce Lee

Time was God’s first creation.

– Walter Lang

When in doubt, take more time.

– John Zimmerman

When Time is spent, Eternity begins.

– Helen Hunt Jackson

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.

– Max Frisch

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

– Maya Angelou

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

– William Shakespeare

Procrastination is the thief of time.

– Edward Young

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

Time is flying never to return.

– Virgil

The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.

– Francoise Sagan

Time makes more converts than reason.

– Thomas Paine

Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.

– Ivan Turgenev

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.

– Ben Hecht

Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.

– Giordano Bruno

You may delay, but time will not.

– Benjamin Franklin

Time brings all things to pass.

– Aeschylus

For time is the longest distance between two places.

– Tennessee Williams

We have not the time to take our time.

– Eugene Ionesco

We must go fast, because the race is against time.

– Anna Held

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

– Auguste Rodin

Finding some quiet time in your life, I think, is hugely important.

– Mariel Hemingway

Time, the devourer of all things.

– Ovid

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.

– Alan Lakein

I confess, I do not believe in time.

– Vladimir Nabokov

The time to hesitate is through.

– Robby Krieger

Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else, is powerless against truth.

– Thomas Huxley

Time plays a role in almost every decision. And some decisions define your attitude about time.

– John Cale

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

– Leo Tolstoy

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

– Steve Jobs

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.

– Tom Robbins

It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.

– Alexis Ohanian

We’re all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly.

– John Hurt

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.

– Steven Wright

It’s pretty scary to know how quickly time flies.

– James Wan

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

– Mark Twain

Time makes fools of us all. Our only comfort is that greater shall come after us.

– E. T. Bell

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

– Octavia E. Butler

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

There’s no time for regrets. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.

– Mike McCready

If something’s important to you, you make time for it.

– Mia Maestro

The right man, in the right place, at the right time, can steal millions.

– Gregory Nunn

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

– George Herbert

Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.

– James Altucher

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

Don’t waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.

– Mary Schmich

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

– Thomas A. Edison

I don’t want to miss out on the chance of having a good time.

– Victor Webster

We’re all so busy we don’t make time to enjoy our lives, good company and good food.

– John Torode

FOMO (fear of missing out) is the enemy of valuing your own time.

– Andrew Yang

Time is the fire in which we burn.

– Gene Roddenberry

I believe there is a time for everything. Time changes, and you need to accept that. Else, you stagnate.

– Manisha Koirala

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.

– Charles Kettering

The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.

– David Bowie

Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings.

– Letitia Baldrige

The time is always right to do what is right.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.

– Robert De Niro


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