What do people say about time? And how do we learn to manage the time given us each day? Let’s start with what more notable individuals have said about time. One of my own quips helps me stay focused, such as, “How time flies when muddling through!” Who wants to just muddle through life? I know I don’t. Yet I find myself at times feeling definitely “stuck” in place wondering where I am.
Here are gems from those notables who have helped me get out of the “time muddling mire.” Hope they help you pause for a moment or a day to get unstuck too.
- “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush (1925-present), First Lady of the United States
- “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” Nathanial Hawthorne (1804-1864), American Novelist
- “Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), US Founding Father
- “Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart’s desire.” John Dewey (1859-1952), American Philosopher/Psychologist
- “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD), Roman Emperor
- “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), President of the United States
- “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” William Shakespeare
- “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), President of South Africa, Anti-apartheid Revolutionary, Politician, Philanthropist
- “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” Will Rogers (1879 – 1935), New York Times, Apr. 29, 1930
- “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)
- “In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.” Paul Harvey (1918-2009), conservative American radio broadcaster
- “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” Winston Churchill (1874-1965, Cracking up: American humor in a time of conflict. 2006)
- “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Theoretical Physicist
These are just a few thoughts to consider. What do they say to you? For me, they encourage me to stay focused on what is most important to me and those I love. Time flies but always leaves behind reflections and realities of a life lived for the good or the bad. Time lost is forever gone. So, to redeem the time make the most of what you have in each moment with cherished memories. Even when we do foolish things, eventually time will give us the opportunity to learn from the experience. And with every moment of time, we can always do the right thing.