Quotations About / On: TIME

  • 31.
    In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 23, p. 238, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966). Words uttered by an Englishman by way of explaining the court- martial and execution of John Byng in 1757 for his failure to prevent the French from taking the island of Minorca.)
  • 32.
    The advantage of having a bad memory is that you can enjoy the same good things for the first time several times.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 335, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 580, "A Bad Memory," (1878).)
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  • 33.
    For five years I have seen her each day, and each time I believe it is for the first time.
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Titus, in Berenice, act 2, sc. 2 (1670).)
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  • 34.
    The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. XII, 18, 1.)
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  • 35.
    Children laugh an average of three hundred or more times a day; adults laugh an average of five times a day, we have a lot of catching up to do.
    (Heather King (20th century), U.S. new mother, executive. Crib Notes (1994).)
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  • 36.
    For of those [cities] that were great in earlier times, most of them have now become small, while those which were great in my time were small formerly.
    (Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.5.4.)
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  • 37.
    You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
    (George McGovern (b. 1922), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Guardian (London, March 14, 1990).)
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  • 38.
    For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Oct. 29, 1964, New York City.)
  • 39.
    From time to time I listen to what you are saying, just in case a response is needed.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 40.
    Any time you've got nothing to do—and lots of time to do it—come on up.
    (Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, to a would-be conquest (1940).)
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