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Quotations for Motivation #5 --- Time (Time-Management)

Updated on October 27, 2015

Quotations on Time

In their extremities people always bemoan their lack of time to do what they should have done when there was golden time at their disposal. Time bides its time and avenges itself; those who have scorned and slighted it, it reminds at last of its irrevocable passing, of its earlier blessed significance and of their incalculable blindness in having failed to capitalize it.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 13, 1931.

The worst waste of time is preoccupation with matters that should not concern us.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 5, 1960.

Most people spend their spare time in killing time, in murdering the opportunity of life. Life isn’t a lottery, nor is it luck. It is sheer work. Indeed, if you don’t earn money by sheer effort, you don’t really possess it. You don’t know its value, and you don’t use it wisely.

---Edward Howard Griggs, Jamestown Post-Journal, Jamestown, N.Y., Aug. 12, 1947.

Killing time is butchering opportunity.

---William Jennings Bryan, The Daily Standard Union, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 6, 1912.

Life is so short it is strange that people don’t spend more time trying to think carefully.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Oct. 21, 1930.

Busy people are those who find time to do things for their community. The voluntary loafer is the man who can’t find time to do anything for his community.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 21, 1926.

Time is relentless. It cannot be bottled up and given out as we desire. No syndicate can make a corner on time, for its own benefit. It cannot be monopolized; it can be taken from no man. All are equally rich as regards to time.

---V.S. Milburn, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 19, 1898.

Life is just like a quilt. A quilt is made up of blocks carefully stitched together. One block of a quilt that doesn't fit in or is not in harmony with the rest of them can spoil its whole appearance‑‑or if part is missing, that makes it worse! Likewise with our life, each day is a block in the quilt of life. Now well we use those days and hours are the way we stitch it together. We have just a very short time on the earth, and so we must make the most of our opportunities and live the best we can. By wasting time we are missing a few stitches here and there, which makes the quilt susceptible to easily falling apart with the wear of time. In order to have our life be a life of eternal joy, we must put it together wisely‑‑we are the ones that have control over what we do.

-‑‑Georgia Christensen, The Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 1958.

Those who make the worst of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.

‑‑‑Clifton N. Memmott , Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, July 25, 1957.

We say we don’t have time for this or that, or the other thing we should really like to do. We haven’t time to read a book or visit the hospital to see a friend in need of cheer or do any one of the most important but most neglected things of life. Of course we DO have time; everybody has time. What we mean is that we do such a poor job of time-management that we go bankrupt of hours.

—Grove H. Patterson, Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1944.

Punctuality is capital stock which is sure to yield a handsome dividend. It is not only the soul of business, but it is the body and soul of success. It never waits for "something to turn up;" it drives instead of being driven, and is the mainspring of prosperity.

-‑‑S.H.B. Smith, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 1, 1874.

A watch can kill you because it measures time in only two dimensions, when actually time has a third dimension which is of much greater importance. The third dimension might be described as the number of hours of effective good you can get from each clock hour in your day.

‑‑‑William Heartsill Wilson, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Feb. 14, 1964.

The difference in men is whether today slides back into yesterday or pushes forward into tomorrow.

---Jack Williams, Sr., Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 18, 1940.

The trouble is that time flies with the man who is really trying to accomplish something every day, and drags with the lazy loafer who has nothing to do.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Aug. 2, 1908.

The man who kills time will discover that sooner or later it will come back and haunt him.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., March 27, 1910.

The man who undervalues time discounts in advance his life work.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 25, 1909.

Time means nothing to the person who fails to use it.

‑‑‑Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times‑News, Nephi, Utah, May 26, 1955.

If you want to save money, you must not spend it; if you want to save your time you must spend it.

‑‑‑Edward Howard Griggs, The Prairie, Canyon, Texas, July 10, 1922.

An hour lost will get behind you and chase you forever.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Auburn Bulletin, Auburn, N.Y., Dec. 21, 1891.

The really busy man always has more time than the man who only thinks he is busy.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Prague Patriot, Prague, Okla., June 30, 1904.

People spend so much time talking about what they should do, that they neglect what they can do.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., June 10, 1909.

When you are very busy, don’t waste valuable time in telling how busy you are.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Sept. 23, 1909.

Some people become so busy that they have no time to do anything.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 6, 1909.

The neglect of little moments is responsible for many of life’s greatest failures.

---William T. Ellis, The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, N.Y., April 1, 1916.

He is a cruel thief who asks for five minutes and takes an hour.

---James L. Gordon, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., March 24, 1917.

Even spare moments are moments which we cannot spare.

---James L. Gordon, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., March 31, 1917.

Don’t worry about the time that is lost—worry only kills more time.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 21, 1928.

He who is always killing time is assaulting his own hopes.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 27, 1932.

Time can stand killing much longer than you can stand in trying to kill it.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., April 5, 1916.

The fellow who can be late when his own interests are at stake is pretty sure to be late when yours are.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., June 1905.

The guy who wastes time wouldn’t be such a nuisance if it were always his own time he persists in wasting.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., April 14, 1938.

If all the time we’ve killed were added up, we’d have to use multiplication instead of addition. Wasted time often is the difference between success and failure.

—Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 15, 1944.

You can’t make up for lost time, but you can save what’s left, and it might prove an effective salvage operation.

—Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 15, 1944.

Whoever wastes time brooding over time earlier wasted ages so much the faster.

---Warwick James Price, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 1906.

The trouble with the fellow who kills time is getting him to stop with killing his own.

---W.C. Batchelor, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., April 18, 1936.

Economy of time lies in how well we use it, and not how fast we travel.

‑‑‑George G. Benedict, Honolulu Star‑Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 17, 1936.

Some folks who are always looking for ways to kill time are half dead themselves.

—Wilfrid Bennett, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 23, 1944.

If they hanged people for killing time, there wouldn’t be gallows enough to take care of the corner loafers.

---Edward James Stackpole, Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa., Sept. 7, 1915.

You will never “find” time for anything; if you want time you must “make” it.

---Howard V. Harper, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 23, 1936.

Half the people in the world are making time, while the other half only marks time.

‑‑‑Roberta Lyndon, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., June 16, 1940.

He who kills time must carry the corpse strapped to his back.

---John Wesley Holland, Medina Tribune, Medina, N.Y., Jan. 9, 1930.

People who try to kill time eventually discover that time can stand the racket longer than they can.

---Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 24, 1947.

Method is the hinge of business, and punctuality keeps the hinge oiled.

---Alexander Edwin Sweet, Texas Siftings, New York, N.Y., July 12, 1890.

Time may be money, but it’s much easier to make up for lost time than lost money.

---Louis C. Hinman, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., June 22, 1905.

Heard in passing: “One reason why time flies is so many people seem bent on killing it.”

—Charles A. Leedy, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1944.

Oh, the millions of good deeds that would be performed if “I had the time,” as people express it!

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 27, 1956.

Everybody has his favorite ways of killing time. Working it to death is seldom one of them.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 22, 1981.

Time spends itself no matter how we spend it. And the only part we play in its passing is in the purpose to which we put it. And since we can’t “save” it, since it is going to pass as its own pace, we had just as well decide to do something better with it than simply let it slip by.

—Richard L. Evans, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 30, 1948.

Budgeting your living means budgeting your hours as well as your dollars. It even means budgeting your thinking. That is not a bad thing at all. It means, after all, that you take charge of your life instead of letting existence take charge of you. It makes you purposeful. That necessity should thus make you cease to be a mere reaction and make you a reactor, so to speak, is something of a paradox perhaps. But it is a statement of the opportunity which you can exploit. It amounts to an awakening under which life begins where you are, and the beginning of it makes you a new personality, a new force, a new contribution to the world about you. ... Aimlessness is the foe to achievement.

—Lynn W. Landrum, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 18, 1942.

The whole structure of the business world rests on principles, and promptness is one of the most important. A man who is not prompt in meeting his engagements cannot be relied upon, no matter how well he means. Honesty of purpose alone will not compensate for tardiness. Many young men have failed of promotion or lost good positions because of the lack of punctuality. There is no more desirable business qualification than this and no other so indispensable to anyone who would save his own time and that of others.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 27, 1920.

No man regrets the flight of time excepting the one who fails to improve it.

—Elbert Hubbard, The Philistine, East Aurora, N.Y., October 1903.

A clock once considered its future. Calculating two ticks per second, that meant 120 times every minute, 7200 per hour, multiplied by 24 means 172,800 ticks daily, which in turn results in 63,072,000 times annually. Said the clock, "If I tick for 10 years, that will be 630,720,000 ticks!" At this point there was collapse! After reviving, there was insight; after all, it didn't have to tick all those ticks at once--just one at a time. At last report, it was well on its way to becoming a respectable Grandfather Clock. People are like that–wanting to see the end from the beginning, and becoming exhausted in the frustration.

—G. Avery Lee, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Dec. 3, 1965.

"What is time?" asks the sweet American poet, Longfellow: "The shadow of the dial--the striking of the clock--the running of the sand--day and night--summer and winter--months, years, centuries; these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of time, not time itself." Ah, but he knows better, for he comes to the only conclusion possible: "Time is the Life of the Soul!" and he might as well have reversed this sentence and said: "Time is the Soul of Life!" It gives direction. It leads to its goal. It sanctifies it and steadies it and makes of its blessed reality. It is the wise teacher warning, cautioning and admonishing, showing us our follies, our shortsightedness, our vanities and frailties, our lack of wisdom and our want of reason.

—Moritz Spitz, The Jewish Voice, St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 12, 1912.

Spare time is too scarce to be wasted. Spare time is the acid test of character, for it determines our course of self-development or decline. The odd reality about spare time is that it has to be spent; you cannot hoard it. The manner in which you live your spare hours determines and holds the success of your dreams. It is our life margin of profit. You are growing spiritually, mentally, powerfully just as you spend spare time.

—John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Oct. 25, 1937.

Work is the machine with which to harvest time; time is elastic and planning expands it.

—Dean Robinson, The Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1963.

Unless we know what to do with time there seems little sense in saving it.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., July 27, 1939.

When you kill time, opportunity is the chief mourner.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., March 26, 1925.

Most people in killing time use a boomerang that injures them most on its return.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Nov. 17, 1927.

You ought to be arrested, you time thief. You ought to be put behind bars. You are stealing something more important than money or worldly possessions. You are stealing life itself away from other people.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 26, 1919.

Time is a peculiar thing; we have more of it than anything else; and yet, we care less about it than anything else.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 27, 1928.

Some men are too lazy to kill time. They simply sit around and let it die.

—Vernald William Johns, Garland Times, Garland, Utah, May 1, 1936.

When you are killing time, time is killing you.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., April 1, 1942.

Time is not the stuff that life is made of, but the pages on which life is written.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Feb. 20, 1928.

He is well along the road to achievement who has learned the value of time.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 4, 1935.

With some people there’s never enough time to do a job right. But there’s always time to do it over.

—Floyd W. Casebolt, The Ennis Daily News, Ennis, Texas, June 20, 1961.

He who kills time is the foulest of murderers.

—W.N. Ainsworth, quoted by Louie D. Newton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 22, 1936.

Time is the world's race horse, but he'd never win a heat if he let us saddle all our troubles on him.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 5, 1916.

With no budgeting or organizing of time, no amount of effort is right.

—Layne L. Hynek, Fishers of Men, Hamburg, West Germany, February 1965.

The man who waits for time always loses time.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, June 2, 1930.

The courage of time is punctuality.

The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., Nov. 11, 1909 .

Time is a good deal like a mule. It is better to be ahead of time than behind time.

Michigan Farmer, Detroit, Mich., Jan. 16, 1883.

Time is like a verb that can only be used in its present tense.

Ohio Farmer, Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 22, 1859.


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