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Tuesday, 9 October 2007


Quotes about Time

Time is one of those things we pretend we understand but really know nothing about. We measure it, yes, but what are we measuring? Minutes? Seconds? Both are measurements of time, but what is time?

I’m going to put up some quotes about time for you to go through. See what strikes you, what you agree with, what you disagree with… Perhaps even use one of the quotes as the opening line for one of your characters.

See where inspiration takes you.

Andy Warhol: They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Time does change things, society norms is an example of this. Single parents were unheard of 50 years ago but are commonplace now but changes such as this have to begin somewhere & that is usually by someone who has had those circumstances thrown onto them & has lived & battled through disapproval & distrust, even dislike & disgust to be accepted.
As we live & adapt to the world & it's values around us so does how the world sees us adapt, that is the way we change & in time those brave pioneers of change sadly become forgotten but their legacy lives on.

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

Life consists of a series of days, it is how we spend those days that makes our lives. If our days are spent in meanness & cynicism then our lives will have been spent in the same way. If we look upon every day as a brand new adventure, we can live a life full of wonder & fun. Plus a few aches, pains & accidents.

Benjamin Franklin: Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of.

Time passes so quickly & once gone can never return just ask any mother & she will tell you how time passes so fast. One minute your child is a baby needing everything done for him & the next minute (or so it seems) a person in their own right.
If we spend our days wishing for this thing & that thing then we are wasting the time we could have spent on enriching our lives & those of others.

C. S. Lewis: The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

Time cannot stand still for any of us no matter who we are. All the potions & creams on the market to "slow down time" will never be a complete success. Time is in perpetual motion, forever moving onward & we cannot stop this. We can try to hold back the effects of the passing years but not the years themselves.
A woman in her sixties is a woman in her sixties no matter if she looks forty or fifty years old she will still have been alive for sixty plus years.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
played by Patrick Stewart, from the film “Star Trek: Generations”

We all need to enjoy life as it is a once in a lifetime thing, once gone there is no re-run or replay. We should enjoy the day, every day & make the most of every opportunity given. We may be able to leave behind an important piece of work or an invention but if we had never enjoyed life & only worked on this one thing then it will have been a life half lived.

Colette: Time spent with cats is never wasted.

We should spend time with the people & the things we love & enjoy. If you love cats or reading or something like swimming then time spent doing these things is an enrichment of your life & happyness. Never a waste.

Ecclesiastes: For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

To live a full life it needs to be a life with many parts & no, not all of them will be fun or even pleasant. There will be times when we do one particular thing but also another when we do the complete opposite such as planting crops & then reaping the harvest. There are also things we should never stop doing & do them throughout our lives such as learning something new.

Life is here. It is up to us what we make of it.

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