Posts tagged ‘time’



Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.

Dan Brown, Digital Fortress (2007)



The future is there…looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.

William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003)



All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)


take time, do well

Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.

Amelia E. Barr, 9 Rules for Success (1901)



You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.

J. M. Barrie, Rectorial Address, St. Andrew’s University (1922)


watery ink on paper

Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha (1997)



It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)



Nostalgic for the past, while yearning to cast off the chains of bygone ages and step forward into the bright utopia of the future. Proud of its achievements, yet despising its own flaws.

Marie Brennan, With Fate Conspire (2011)

Note: This is a quote about London, but it struck me as pretty fitting for end-of-the-year reflections, too 🙂



Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.

Anonymous, quoted in: Richard Chevenix Trench, On the Study of Words, Lecture 1 (1858)



Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (1988)



‘When the day shall come, that we do part,’ he said softly, and turned to look at me, ‘if my last words are not ‘I love you’ – ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.’

Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (2001)


high time

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Anne Dillard, The Writing Life (1989)



Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia!

Author Unknown, anonymous internet quiz

The line is attributed to Charles Schultz, but it’s actually a paraphrase of one of his 1980 Peanuts comics:

Peppermint Patty: What if the world comes to an end tonight, Marcie?…
Marcie: I promise there’ll be a tomorrow…it’s already tomorrow in Australia!

Charles Schultz, Peanuts (1980)*


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