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Inspirational Quotes - It's About Time!

Updated on October 23, 2014



It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Tom Robbins



Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time. Charles M. Schulz

Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance. Leo Buscaglia

The whole life of man is but a point of time, let us enjoy it. Plutarch

Life is meant to be lived one moment at a time. Richard Carlson

A better present makes for a good past and future. Kazi Shams



Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now. Bob Dylan



Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love. Rumi

Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time. T. S. Elliot

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time. Mason Cooley

The time you think you're missing, misses you too. Ymber Delecto


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

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. Will Rogers


Watches are so named as a reminder - if you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you. Drew Sirtors

Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock. Mary Parish

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever. David Norris.

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. Maria Edgeworth

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away. Charles Caleb Colton

Eckhart Tolle

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.

The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future - which, of course, can only be experienced as the Now.

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present.


The sea of time in endless waves, rolls on throughout inside. To search in-depth the answer lies to time being in your mind. Russ Baleson

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way


Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun


And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking

And racing around to come up behind you again

The sun is the same in the relative way, but you’re older

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death


Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say


Home, home again, I like to be here when I can

And when I come home cold and tired

Its good to warm my bones beside the fire

Far away across the field, the tolling of the iron bell

Calls the faithful to their knees

To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. Johan Wolfgang Goethe

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. Henry David Thoreau

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. Benjamin Disraeli

  • Each of us is born with a personal bank account.
  • It’s name is time.
  • Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
  • Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
  • It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
  • Each day it opens a new account for you.
  • Each night it burns the remains of the day.
  • If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
  • There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. You must live in the present and focus on today’s deposits.
  • Invest your time wisely and you will receive the utmost in all you need.  Chris Hermes

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 is the longest distance between two places. Tennessee Williams

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo Da Vinci

To choose time is to save time. Francis Bacon

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. The Talmud

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season

and a time for every matter under heaven

a time to be born and a time to die

a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted

a time to kill and a time to heal

a time to break down and a time to build up

a time to weep and a time to laugh

a time to mourn and a time to dance

a time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones together

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing

a time to seek and a time to lose

a time to keep and a time to throw away

a time to tear and a time to sew

a time to keep silence and a time to speak

a time to love and a time to hate

a time for war and a time for peace.


A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. John B. Priestly

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

To get all there is out of living, we must employ our time wisely, never being in too much of a hurry to stop and sip life, but never losing our sense of the enormous value of a minute. Robert Updegraff

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

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.  Max Frisch



By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life. Nancye V. Sims


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      Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Eiddwen, thank you so much. I really appreciate your comments. Russ

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Russ.

      I now look forward to reading more of your work.

      Take care


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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi and thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      William Benner 8 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great stuff! just thought I would make a quick note to say how much I enjoyed this! I would say more but I do not have the time! (LOL)

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks RA. I think that's the connection to quotes - when you identify with someone else's values, sentiments, thoughts, etc., it's as if they have identified with yours.

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      HI Ripplemaker, thanks, I'm still working on quotes and songs about Love. Should still take a few days. Already enjoying the quotes I am preparing.

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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      very inspirational quotes and the photos are worth a thousand words in themselves, I will have to agree the quote that unless you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. I could not said it better myself.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Russ, I'm glad I visited your hubs today and saw you have many collection of quotes. Since it is way past my bedtime now, I'll come back tomorrow and link it to my hub:

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Amanda, great quote from your dad. Love it, it made me laugh out loud!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful mix of quotes and poetry! Talking of time always puts me in mind of my father who used to repair watches and clocks, and over the years had acquired a large number of his own. One day I asked him why, if he was a clock repairer, all the clocks in the house told different times. He laughed and said, well what would be the point in having all these clocks if they all told the same time!

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Howzit and thanks Tony.I'm reminded of some Dylan lyrics: "I never knew what I had, until I threw it all away".

      He was talking about love but I guess it applies to time too especially as we get older and realise its significance.

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Great one, Russ. You really gave me a a good time, here! I am fascinated by the way different people experience and feel about time. I guess I have reached that age when time takes on a whole new significance that it didn't have when life seemed to stretch on in front of me for a very long time. Now that distance seems not so long, and I feel the need to really experience each moment fully, to appreciate it and love it.

      Thanks for the timely Hub!

      Love and peace


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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you. I feel there is so much to learn about making the most of it and as I grow older it hits home even more.

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Wow, I think you hit every aspect of time! And the photos are also inspiring. I think I will have to return here again. Thanks!

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you Larry, it's always a pleasure getting your comments. You really get it.

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      maven101 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Reading this Hub and looking at the pictures has been a time well spent...Thank you, Russ, for filling Kipling's " unforgiving minute " with such inspiring and sagacious quotes...I liked yours very much...Time is indeed " inside ", well kept and warm, always a constant companion...Thanks, Larry

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      Russ Baleson 8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Erin, am so pleased you enjoyed them. I loved putting it together.

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      erin boote 8 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

      How thought provoking, and what a wonderful message about how we spend our time, and bringing happiness to our loves. I love the concept which you have put together so nicely Russ. Inspirational quotes are my all time favorite, but the way you broke these down, and putting them with pictures was just over the top and truly fantastic. I loved this hub!