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Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.


Douglas Noel Adams   




Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.

Dean Acheson


De ware tijdwinst is kijken naar een zwaan.

(The true gain of time is to watch a swann)

(Bertus Aafjes, in José de Ceulaer te gast bij Nederlandse auteurs, blz. 7)  


Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.  

 Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)

I cannot afford to waste my time making money.


Louis Agassiz  

We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work - and then we retire. And what do they give us? A bloody clock.

Dave Allen


"The government tampers with 'God's Time' "

American People about Daylight saving time


"Do you know why it's hotter in the summer than in the winter? Because in the summer we have an extra hour of daylight, which we take away in the winter."



"One thing you can't recycle is wasted time."




"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening

all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working."



"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

Douglas Adams


"See, if you can, eternity in the hour that passes"

Arabian proverb


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit."


"The lenght of the tragedy should not be judged by the clepsydra (waterclock), but by what is suitable for the plot."


"Time is the measurable unit of movement concerning a before and an after." (physica IV, 11, 219, b1)

'Motion must always have been in existence, and the same can be said for time itself, since it is not even possible for there to be an earlier and a later if time does not exist. Movement, then, is also continuous in the way in which time is - indeed time is either identical to movement or is some affection of it.'


Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

Isaac Asimov


"Try as they may to savor the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimse the splendor of eternity, which is forever still"


"a period of time is long because, as contrary to the eternal that is fixed, there is a succession of many movements that cannot be lenghtened within the same span of time"


 As long as no one asks me [what time is]. then I know it, but f someonae asks me to explain it, I don't know it.


Heathen: " Why did God create the cosmos at that and that arbitrary time?

Augustine:" But at that same moment He also created time."


Augustine of Hippo, C. A.D. 400

 I don't want to be immortal of my work, I want to be immortal by not dying.

Woody Allen

'Do not spend your time regretting the past, when you could be changing your future.'



The entire cosmos is bound by Time. It is permeated by Time.
It is a product of Time and is destroyed by Time. Time is one of the forms of God.

Sathya Sai  Baba            


To choose time is to save time.


Francis Bacon   


Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.

Roger Babson  

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.


Faith Baldwin

All human power is a compound of time and patience.


Honore de Balzac
" Man is enabled to find sense in this chaos of experience and discover the meaning and measure of this incomprehensive flux of perpetual 'flourishing and perishing' which we call Time." 

Dr. K. Bhaskaran Nair  

"Time is the greatest innovator."

Francis Bacon 1625


"The calendar is intolerable to all wisdom. the horror of all astronomy, and a laughing stock from a mathemathician's point of view."

Roger Bacon 1267


"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."

Faith Baldwin


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

James M. Barrie  


Het was het gezicht van iemand die in een wrede tijd leeft, de voltooid verleden toekomst.

(It was the face of someone living in cruel times, the past tense of the future.)

(Benno Barnard, Van school, blz. 28)


Een waar besef van het tijdselement met zijn cyclische eb en vloed en de  juiste getijden voor actie kan verworven worden door geduldig afwachten en het afwijzen van haast.

(A true realization of the element of time with his cyclic eb and tide and the proper hours for action can be acquired by patiently waiting and rejecting haste.)

Source/Bron: Alice A.Bailey 'Discipelschap in het Nieuwe Tijdperk' pag. 42.


Wees meester van uw tijd, maak de uren van elke dag tot uw dienaren en eis van elk uur het volle quotum van werk of rust, zonder het gevoel van overmatige druk of haast.

(Be the master of your time, make the hours of the day your servants and demand from each hour the full quotum of labor or rest, without the feeling of overdoing with pressure and haste.)

Source/ Bron:Alice A.Bailey 'Discipelschap in het Nieuwe Tijdperk' pag.243-244.


Ik zou  u willen vragen tijd te bestuderen in verband met uw eigen ziel, terwijl u de uitzonderlijke gelegenheden van de huidige cyclus en de zeer grote nood van de mensheid in gedachte houdt.

(I would like to ask you to study the time in relation to your own soul, whilst keeping in mind the exceptional opportunities of the present cycle and the very urgent need of mankind.)

Source/ Bron: Alice A. Bailey 'Discipelschap in het Nieuwe Tijdperk' pag. 18.


De Ziel is het wezen dat tijd-bewust is in de ware zin van het woord. Zij bekijkt de periode van openbaring als één geheel, waardoor zij een gevoel van proportie, een begrip van waarden en een innerlijk besef van synthese verkrijgt. Wanneer wij deze houding van de ziel begrijpen, wordt onze gehele techniek van leven, en bijgevolg van sterven, volkomen gewijzigd.

(The soul is the being that is time-conscious in the true sense of the word. She regards the period of revelation as one whole, from which she acquires a sense of proportion, a sense of values and an inner awareness of synthesis. The moment we understand this attitude of the soul, is our complete technique of living, and consequentloy of dying, completely transformed.)

Source/ Bron: Alice A.Bailey 'De nieuwe Psychologie deel II pag. 248 en Esoterische Genezing pag.259

Tijd is niets anders dan een opeenvolging van gebeurtenissen zoals die door het stoffelijk brein worden opgetekend.

(Time is nothing but the succession of occurences the way they are acknowledge by the material brain.)

Source/ Bron: Alice A.Bailey 'Discipelschap in het Nieuwe Tijdperk, deel II pag.311


Hoezeer ze ook haar verleden beminde en haar heden prees,
de warmste gloed straalde haar tegen uit de toekomst,
dat was nog eens een toekomst om een verleden van te maken.


(However much she cherished her past en praised her present day,
the warmest glow radiated at her from the future,
that was a future to turn into a past.)

(Belcampo, Al zijn fantasieën, blz. 321, Amsterdam)


Philosophy equals discipline over time.


Nicolas Bendezu 

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.

Ruth Benedict

It is time now for us to rise from sleep.


Saint Benedict  

" Time is invention, or it is nothing."

H. Bergson


"We do not think the real of time. But we live it because life exceeds the intelligence."

H. Bergson

By losing present time, we lose all time.


W. Gurney Benham


De tijd heelt alle wonden, is de bekende dooddoener
waarmee mensen hun onverschilligheid
ten opzichte van het lijden van anderen verbloemen.

Time heals all wounds is the usual bromide
with which people mask their indifference
relating to the suffering of others.

(J. Bernlef, Cellojaren, blz. 46)

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.

Ambrose Bierce


"To everything (turn, turn, turn,..)

there is a season,

and a time,

to every purpose..."

(The Birds, free to The Holy Bible Eccl.3)



Time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.


Sir William Blackstone 



If I'd known I was going to live this long (100 years),
I'd have taken better care of myself.

Ubie Blake

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.


William Blake 

De typisch Nederlandse gedachte:
ik moet om negen uur ergens zijn, als ik nu op een drafje lijn vijf haal,
dan kan ik kwart voor negen het huis uit, was hem een gruwel geweest.
Dit idee gaat uit van de calvinistische opvatting dat tijd kostbaar is.
Het resultaat hiervan is dat men nooit tijd heeft.
Niet de tijd is kostbaar. U bent het.

( The idea typically Dutch that:
i've got to be somewhere at nine o'clock, when I hurry I'll catch line no 5
so I can leave home a quarter to nine, was something horrible to him.
This idea departs from the calvinistic idea that time is valuable,
as a result of which one has never any time.
Not the time is valuable, you are.)

(Godfried Bomans, Wat is vakantie?, in Zomers van toen, blz. 136)


De factor tijd is geen mathematische grootheid
en kan slechts gemeten worden naar de intensiteit,
waarmee hij doorleefd werd.

(The factor of time is not a mathematical figure
and can only be measured to the intensiuty
by which it was spent.)

(Godfried Bomans, Korte berichten)


You may ask me for anything you like except time.


Napoleon Bonaparte 


Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.


Dion Boucicault 

Dikwijls, zoo zullen zij opwerpen,
is de tijd voor oude lieden een vergrootglas,
en zij, die gewoon zijn er door heen te turen naar de jaren van hun jeugd,
komen steevast tot de conclusie dat, daarbij vergeleken
de dingen en menschen van nu óf betreurenswaardig, óf belachelijk zijn.


(often so they will conjecture,
is time for old people a magnifying glass,
and they, who are used to stare through it at the years of their youth,
are inevitably arriving at the conclusion that, in comparison,
the things and people of today are either lamentable or ludicrous.)

(Godfried Bomans, Werken 1, Memoires of gedenkschriften van Mr. P. Bas, blz. 104)

"Time is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire"




"Mijn bezwaar tegen de geest der eeuw is de morele onverschilligheid
Standpuntloosheid gaat door voor pluralisme en afzijdigheid voor tolerantie.
Maakbaarheid is vervangen door marktwerking,
visie bestaat uit 'meten'
en wilskracht is iets voor de sport."

( Timespirit

"The objection I have against the spirit of the century is the moral indifference.
Not to take position prevails over pluralism and
keeping aloof goes before tolerance.
Manipulability is replaced by market processes
vision is 'measurement'
and willpower is something to sport with.")

(Hans Boutellier, sociaal-psycholoog, werkzaam bij het ministerie van Justitie,
Trouw, 24-12-97, Bezwaren tegen den geest der eeuw)


Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.

Dion Boucicault


"One makes a time of time "




Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr


I am ready at any time. Do not keep me waiting.


John Brown 


  Time takes all and gives all.


Giordano Bruno 


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."


Waarom heeft een dag geen tweehonderdveertig uur?
Of zijn er geen zeventig dagen in een week?
Dan zouden we iets van ons leven kunnen maken.


(Why does a day not count twohundred-fourty hours?
Or are there seventy days in a week?
Then w'ed have a chance to make something of our lives.)

(C. Buddingh', Dagboeknotities 1977-1985, blz. 333, 4-9-1978)

Time, which strengthens friendship, weakens love.


Jean de La Bruyere 


You can never plan the future by the past.

Edmund Burke

Comedy is tragedy plus time.


Carol Burnett 

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything.
You only have to remember it.

George Burns



There is no grief which time does not lessen and soften.



"Ultimus annus confusionis"

Julius Caesar about the year of his calendar reform 46 B.C.


"The..silent, never-resting thing called time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all embracing ocean tide....this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb."

Thomas Carlyle, 1840


Ik meen dat Utz de eerste was die me ervan overtuigde
dat de geschiedenis altijd onze leidraad voor de toekomst is
en altijd vol grillige verrassingen zit.
De toekomst zelf is een dood land omdat ze nog niet bestaat.

(I believe it was Utz who convinced me of the fact
that history is always our lead for the furture
and is packed with whimsical surpises.
The future itself is a dead land since it doesn't exist yet.)

(Bruce Chatwin, Utz, blz. 81)  



To some, Middle age is Father Time catching up with Mother Nature.

Harold Coffin

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.

Charles Caleb Colton

There's no need to hurry, yet no time to lose.


Bessie Copage   

"Time is a grand maître, that settles things well"

Corneille (Sertorius)


"Time is the meaning of life"


" The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow, the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it."

Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi





Time is the image of eternity.


Diogenes Laertius 


Future: the time to come.

Van Dale, Dutch Dictionary.

"Infinity, is a long time, especially towards the end."



The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.

Robertson Davies

She's the original good time that was had by all.


Bette Davis   

Beast n0 4:

He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.

(freely: The prime minister called Mr. Beast will successively declare meantime and zonetime against the time of nature and after finally introducing summertime he'll try to abolish social legislation and the payment of taxes. The people serving God as volunteers he'll try to bully into other jobs better for the economy calling them a lot of unemployed bums and profiteers. This he will do under the institution of mean time, time zones and summer - versus wintertime to make sure they don't serve God directly with the clock but rather him, the Lord of the Mammon...)

Daniel , Holy Bible: 7:25 (NIV)


Daniel 12:7

The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. [1] When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed."

Daniel , Holy Bible: 12:7


"Thirty days hath sptember

Arpil , June and November

February has twenty-eight alone

All the rest have thirty-one.

Excepting leap-year - that's the time

When february's days are twenty nine

Old English ditty



For who attentively takes notice of the nature of time,
sees all to clear that exactly the same force and activity
is needed to maintain each thing for the separate moments
in which it continues to exist as is needed
for creating it anew as when it wouldn't have existed before.

René Descartes in Meditations
- about G0d, that He exists


But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.


Time is precious but truth is more precious than time.


Benjamin Disraeli


"Time passes you say, But no!

Alas, time is staying and we pass by."

(version two: Time goes, you say?
Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go. )

Henry Austin Dobson


Temporal prosperity comes always accompanied by much anxiety.


John Donne, 1631


Kerkrade -

De Heerlense horlogier A.P. Simmeling heeft gisteren
voor twee ton schade aangericht in zijn eigen zaak.
Volgens insiders was de heer Simmeling perfectionist
en probeerde hij altijd alle klokken in zijn winkel gelijk te laten lopen.
Door het invoeren van de zomer- en wintertijd werd deze zelf-opdracht Simmeling te veel.
Met een vooroorlogse Duitse koekoeksklok heeft hij het gehele interieur stukgeslagen.
Op miraculeuze wijze heeft het jong van de koekoek de slachting overleefd.
Hij begon tenminste een uur erna om hulp te roepen uit de Friese staande klok.
Gelukkig voor de heer Simmeling was er een gekkenhuis in de buurt
waarin niet alleen de patiënten achterlopen.
Mevrouw Simmeling spreekt van een grote opluchting.

(Kerkrade -

The Heerlen clockmaker A.P. Simmeling caused yesterday the
damage of a two hundred thousand dollars wrecking his own business.
According insiders was mr. Simmeling a perfectionist
and tried he always to synchronize all clocks in his shop.
Because of the introduction of summer- and wintertimes became this
self-appointed mission a bridge too far for mr. Simmeling.
With a prewar german cuckoo-clock he smashed the entire interior of his shop.
Miraculously did the little birdie survive the massacre.
That is, at least an hour afterwards it started crying for help from a frisian standing clock.
To his luck was there for mr. Simmeling a funnyfarm nearby
where not only the patients run late.
Misses Simmeling testifies of a great relief.

(Hans Dorrestijn, Dorrestijns Press Agency, p. 32)
Eens maakt de tijd
die is als een vloed
alles stuk waar je je best zo voor doet.

(One day time will turn, being like a flood
everything to pieces for which you stood )

(H. Dorrestijn, Aan zee,
gezongen door Adèle Bloemendaal, Adèle's keus)


De tijd heeft je op sleeptouw.
Je zegt maar al te gauw
dat je de tijd hebt
maar de tijd heeft jou.

(Tihe time has you on the leash
Jou all too easy say
you have the time
but the time has you)

(Hans Dorrestijn, Positief genieten met Hans Dorrestijn, blz. 91)


The best way to predict the future is by creating it yoyrself.


Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.



tmanagement-specialist Peter F. Drucker


Time, then, has three levels: (i) the atemporality or eternality of God; (ii) the continuous immanent becoming-itself of the monad as entelechy; (iii) time as the external framework of a chronology of 'nows'. The difference between (ii) and (iii) was opened up by our account of the internal principle of change. The real difference between the necessary being of God, and the contingent, created finitude of human being, is the difference between a (i) and (ii).

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Leibniz

"Our obsession with measuring time itself is timeless."


"Measuring time... it can be divided in circle time and square time"


". When Jesus failed to return immediately, Christians realized they needed some sort of system for dating.


..these central events ( the dates of celebration) are the underpinnings of the Gospels and of Christianity , whicjh makes this a religion of history and the calendar-"


"the dichotomy between the Christ that exists beyond time and the historic Christ became an early source of tension in Christianity"



David Ewing Duncan in 'Calendar'


"It has to be of its own time."

"Il faut être de son temps"

Emile Duchamps 1828


Too Slow for those who Wait,

Too Swift fo those who fear,

Too Long for those who Grieve,

Too Short for those who Rejoice,

But for those who Love

Time is not.

Henry Van Dyke




from "Fremdzwang" to "Selbszwang"

from enforcement by the strange to enforcement by oneself:

Norbert Elias          


"God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every
activity, a time for every deed."

Holy Bible: Ecclesiastes 3:17         


1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Holy Bible: Ecclesiastes 3         


"Every reference-body has its own particular time; unless we are told the reference-body to which the statement of time refers, there is no meaning in a statement of the time of an event.

Alfred Einstein


Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.


Hurry up, please, its time.


T.S. Eliot 

"..The more we think about this, the more we realize that all clocks used by man, at least till the invention of mechanical clocks, in some or another way were connected with the place where our body was located."


"How lucky we are to be mortal,! We can always keep the time under control !"

Umberto Eco  

Since they determined our days and nights,
became the sun and moon the first, incomparable model for all later timepieces
that, in imitation of the heavenly pattern,
indicate the human time on the scale of the zodiac,
a time unrelated to the time of the universe
for it has direction, a restless breath
consiting of yesterday, today and tomorrow
and not the calm breathing of eternity.

(Umberto Eco, The Island of the Previous Day, blz. 249)        


"The civilized man has built a carriage, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks . . . support of his muscle. He has a fine Geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun."

Ralph Waldo Emerson         


To be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Holy Bible: Ephesians 1:10         


"Time is the supreme Law of nature" 

Eddington in "Space , Time and Gravitation"         


"Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose."

Thomas Edison         

I just feel that you reach a point when its time to move on.


LaVell Edwards   

Sitting next to a pretty girl for an hour feels like a minute, placing one's hand on a hot stove for a minute feels like an hour.


People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past, the present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Man is a space-time worm.

Albert Einstein         


What a long time I have been running after unrealities!


Jitoku Eki   

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