Quotations About / On: TIME

  • 21.
    Until that time comes I'll live a thousand hopes, die a thousand times.
    (Edward T. Lowe. Erle C. Kenton. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney), House of Dracula, waiting to see if he's cured, or if he'll turn into the Wolf Man when the moon rises (1945).)
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  • 22.
    Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #49, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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  • 23.
    Now is the time for drinking [nunc est bibendum], now is the time to make the earth shake with dancing.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 37, l. 1 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Ode on the death of Cleopatra.)
  • 24.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Oration, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The American Scholar," Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).)
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  • 25.
    Times of heroism are generally times of terror, but the day never shines in which this element may not work.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 26.
    We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hastings, in Henry IV, Part 2, act 1, sc. 3, l. 110. Time calls on the rebels to act, not to go on talking.)
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  • 27.
    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).)
  • 28.
    When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
    (Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. (Originally published 1918). Le Coq et l'Arlequin, Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926), repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950).)
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  • 29.
    Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 99-101 (1623).)
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  • 30.
    What a pity if we do not live this short time according to the laws of the long time,—the eternal laws!
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 10, 1849, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 173, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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