The Ego Pages 




(for vedic quotes on time choose v)


 The future starts today, not tomorrow.

Pope John Paul II


 If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

Blaise Pascal



'Tijd is toch een verzinsel van de mensen,' zegt hij.
'Nee,' zeg ik, 'het getal van de tijd is een verzinsel van de mensen,
maar de tijd zelf niet
en juist aan de invloed die het getal heeft op mensen,
kun je maar weer eens aflezen hoe belangrijk al die ficties zijn,
hoe ze ons leven bepalen en ons gedrag.'


('Time anyhow is something made up by people,' he says.
'No,' I say, 'the number of the time is something made up by people,
but not the time itself.
And from excactly the influence the number has on people
you can derive how important all these fictions are,
how they determine our life and behavior.')


(Connie Palmen, I.M., blz. 278)


Dat is de hiërarchie van de klok.
Sinds we de tijd verbeelden als iets dat van links naar rechts beweegt,
gaan behalve vroeger en later, ook lager en hoger,
minder en meer, verleden en heden met de klok mee.
Iedereen gehoorzaamt daaraan alsof het om een natuurlijke zaak gaat.
Ik vind niks natuurlijk.
Ik oefen regelmatig om tegen de klok in te denken.


Since we imagine time to be something moving from the left to the right,
accompany except for earlier and later, also lower and higher,
less and more, past and present the clock .
Everybody obeys that as if it is something natural.
I don't think anything is natural.
I regularly practice to think against the clock.)

(Connie Palmen, De vriendschap, blz. 38/39)


Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.


C. Northcote Parkinson 




(Patanjali in: Yoga Sutra's IV.33)


"We are condemned to kill time: thus we die bit by bit."

Octavio Paz


Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.

M. Scott Peck



Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

William Penn


Time is the wisest counselor of all.




It takes one a long time to become young.


Pablo Picasso


"We have no direct intuition of two intervals of time "




Mensen die menen, dat tijd geld is,
bemerken meestal pas op hun sterfbed, dat tijd óók tijd is.

(People who think that time is money,
usually only on their deathbed notice that time is also time.)

(Alexander Pola, Mengvoer)

"The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains."

Marcel Proust


Treffen sich zwei Psychologen. Fragt der eine: "Weißt Du wieviel Uhr es is? Antwortet der andere: "Nein, aber gut, daß wir mal drüber gesprochen haben!!!"

Die beiden treffen sich eine Woche später wieder. Der Eine fragt: "Und, weißt Du inzwischen, wieviel Uhr es ist?" - "Nein!", sagt der Andere "Aber ich kann schon viel besser damit umgehen!"



But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Holy Bible: 2Peter 3:8

" Time is the moving imago of the unmoving eternity"



The happier one is, the faster passes the time.

Hoe Gelukkiger men is, deste sneller verstrijkt de tijd.



 Wie de jeugd heeft, heeft de toekomst, zegt men.
Het zou eerlijker zijn die toekomst aan de jeugd te geven.

(Tomorrow belongs to the young, they say.
it would be fairer to give the young that future.)

(Alexander Pola, Nou èn...? Handleiding voor optimisten, blz. 72)



A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.

John B. Priestly


"It is in the nature of duration that what is contained does not differ from what is containing."






"War Time"


Theodore Rooseveld on Dayilight saving time


When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Holy Bible: Revelation 8:1


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.




Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.


Theodore Roosevelt 


"For a businessman, time is money, but for an academic or artist, money is time."


Lawrence Rosen



In a dark time, the eye begins to see.


Time marks us while we are marking time.

Theodore Roethke 


De toekomst is een brug die je nu niet over hoeft te steken.
En die, als-ie komt, gewoon een feit zal zijn
en niet een griezelig idee aan de horizon.

(The future is a bridge you don't have to cross this moment.
And which, when it arrives, will be simply factual
and not a spooky idea at the horizon')

(Renate Rubinstein, Nee heb je (budget-boek), blz. 36)


Come out of the circle of time, and into the circle of love.


Mevlana Rumi   

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Bertrand Russell


The Present is a Point just passed.

David Russell


"If men could foresee the future, they would still behave as they do now. "


Russian Proverb





' Life is endless, not punctuated by nights, days, months and years - for all are one, in the eternal stream'

'Festivals based on the calendar, solar or lunar, celebrating the apparent change of movement or direction of the sun or the moon have been devised, in order to emphasize the need for mind-control (the moon is the presiding deity of the mind) and intelligence-regulation (the sun is the presiding deity of intelligence). Placing disproportionate faith in material wealth and objective pleasures, man has lost the art of tapping the resources of joy within himself, within his own mind and intelligence. One need not wait for Uttarayana to arrive, for resolving upon the process of mind-control and intelligence-control. Every moment is the right moment.'

Divide your day in four times six:
six hours for God,
six for the body,
six hours to serve others
and six for yourself.

Sathya Sai Baba, from Sathya Sivam Sundaram    



"Time is no servant of the body; the body is the servant of Time."


Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Ramkatha Rasavahini ch 7)


"Time waste is life waste"

Sathya Sai Baba


Time is God. All things happen according to the dictates of Time; Both good and bad depend on Time; Prosperity and poverty likewise depend on Time; Time is the determinant of all things, There is none who is not subject to Time In this entire world; that's the Truth.

Sathya Sai Baba in Sathya Sai Speaks 24


The poet Bhartruhari said: "Salutations to the Lord of Time who sets everything in motion. Time is all-powerful. One should not waste .

Sathya Sai Baba in Sathya Sai Speaks 21


Do not attach too much significance to any particular day. Every day is Guru-vaar, not Thursday alone, Every second is a new start and has to be celebrated as an opportunity. The New Year, beginning on a particular day, is just a convention, a creation of man's limiting mind, separating God's Infinity into tiny sections.

Sathya Sai Baba in Sathyam Sivam Sundaram-wouded wings


There is no age like the Kali Age, none at all.
Where by mere meditation on the name of the Lord,
the Supreme Goal is realized, Oh Blessed One!
Even a multi-millionaire has to be content,
with ordinary raiment and food.
He cannot live on a diet of gold.
When Time is unpropitious, a stick may turn into a snake,
while, when it is favorable, dust may turn gold.

The wheel of Time can make a scholar a dumb animal,
and a dumb man can become a saint,
and a wealthy man may become a plaything of the
Goddess of Poverty at one time.
Whatever your prayers, you cannot get
what you are not destined to get.

Don't cherish, Oh young man, any desires.
Lead instead a noble life with intelligence.
What more can I tell you,
the good people assembled here?


Sathya Sai Baba during a lecture 3 March 1992
on "Purify the world by Sankirthana" 


Want of Time.....

 Men may have super abundance of food, clothing and housing; but their hearts may be dry and their spirits glooming. Sense-control, self-confidence, contentment, absense of hatred and greed are far more precious possessions than land, money or houses. No effort is made today to give lessons of this discipline in the educational institutions. It is wrong to lay the blame on want of time. You are the obstructor, not the time. The monkey that cannot pull out its clencled fist from the narrow neck of the pot blames the pot or the maker of the pot. But if only it releases the hold on the peanuts it has caught in that fist, it can easily take its hand out. The fault lies in itself. So too, man's greed is the reason for this want of time. That is why I often refer to it as the monkey mind --

Sathya Sai Baba



Someone with one watch is certain about how late it is, someone with two watches is never certain.

Lee Segall


One can lose nothing of ones own time,
because the time left behind belongs to someone else.

Seneca about old age in 'the Way to Wisdom'


Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg


"Time is a special kind of separation: a division that reunites. The being and the not being."


J.P. Sartre



'Who do the people think they are, to claim my time?
My life is so short!.'


"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."  


Shakespeare King Richard II, Act 5 Scene 5


"Time that takes survey of all the world

must have a stop"


Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.


In time we hate that which we often fear.


Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.

(dying Hotspur in: W. Shakespeare, Henry IV P.1)


"We, we live: ours are the hours and the living one is (has the) right"

"Wir, wir leben: Unser sind die Stunden und der lebende hat Recht"




" Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. "

George Bernard Shaw


"The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it."




Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.

Delmore Schwartz


"And if the world perceives that what we are saying about him (the philosopher) is the

truth, will they be angry with philosophy? Will they disbelieve us,

when we tell them that no State can be happy which is not designed

by artists who imitate the heavenly pattern?"

Socrates in Plato's The Republic (book VI)


Tijd bestaat alleen als je je verplaatst.

(There is only time when you move around)

(Rosita Steenbeek, De laatste vrouw, blz. 130)


"History is the ship carrying living memories to the future."

Sir Stephen Spender, British poet and critic


"The phenomenon of music has only been given to us to assign an order to afairs, especially in the relation between man and time."

Igor Strawinsky



De tijd doden is een zinvolle revanche-bij-voorbaat: ten slotte dood de tijd óns.


(Killing the time is - up front - a meaningful form of revenge
: after all the time kills us.)

(Eric van der Steen , Alfabêtises , blz. 35)



Time . . . gives us the same train and turn of thought
that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before.

Jonathan Swift





  I, the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time.


Lord Alfred Tennyson 

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.


Mother Teresa 

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.


You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.



Henry David Thoreau


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."


" As if we could kill time without injuring eternity! "


" Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. "

Henry David Thoreau

"Time is nature's way of preventing everything from happening all at once."


More than one cigar at a time is excessive smoking.


Mark Twain

'Het is maar goed, dat u dit niet allemaal hoeft mee te maken, mompelde hij.
'Een Bommel heeft de toekomst, zei u altijd, en daar tracht ik mij aan te houden,
want het heden heeft een heer weinig te bieden.
De kranten staan vol narigheid;
alles is ruw en grof en het peil van de massa zakt meer en meer.
Het is alleen de hoop op de toekomst die mij staande houdt.'

('Good that you don't have to experience all of this, he murmured.
'A Bommel has the future, you always said, and that is what I try to,
for the present has little to offer me.
The papers are full of trouble,
everything is raw and gross and the level of the masses is sinking more and more.
It is the hope for the furure only that keeps me going.')


(M. Toonder, Hm, blz. 9 - De Atlantiër)



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