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Collection of Inspirational Sayings and Quotes About Time Passing

It seems like time is just passing by so quickly, doesn’t it? — we create and collect great moments and spend good times with someone we cherish or love, and then in a snap, it becomes a memory.

Re-live those wonderful moments and re-inspire your life with this collection of inspirational sayings and quotes about time passing.

70 Quotes About Time Passing

1. “Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.” – Kahlil Gibran

2. “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

3. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

4. “It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison

5. “Time does not pass, it continues.” – Marty Rubin

6. “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale

7. “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 Matthew Barrie

8. “Time passes by so quickly. Change happens all around us every day whether we like it or not. Enjoy the moment while you can. One day it will just be another memory.” – Unknown

9. “Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” – Haruki Murakami

10. “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – Marvey Mackat

11. “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.” – Thomas Mann

12. “Don’t ever waste a day. Once time goes by, you never get back it.” – Joyce Meyer

13. “You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow, they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them. Study their faces and little feet and pay attention.” – Unknown

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

15. “Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu

16. “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

17. “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” – Hector Louis Berlioz

18. “We say that time passes, time goes by, and time flows. Those are metaphors. We also think of time as a medium in which we exist.” – James Gleick

19. “Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.” – Jim Rohn

20. “Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.” – Dag Hammarskjold

21. “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

22. “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” – Heraclitus

23. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

24. “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

25. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” – Eva Young

26. “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Chanel

28. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey

29. “Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield

30. “Life goes by really fast, and it seems that there are times when you’re burying a lot of friends and family and then there are times that feel really precious and everybody is doing okay. This is one of those times.” – Amy Grant

31. “Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

32. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs

33. “Free time is the most expensive time you have because nobody pays for it but you. But that also makes it the most valuable time you have, as you alone stand to reap the profits from spending it wisely.” – Jarod Kintz

34. “Time is the longest distance between two places.” – Tennessee Williams

35. “Time goes so fast, life asks so much… No wonder even the best of best once get out of touch! But in heart, deep, true, unseen, relationship stays forever.” – Unknown

36. “Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.” – Alan Lakein

37. “Life is flying by. You don’t have time to waste another minute being negative, offended or bitter. If someone did you wrong, get over it and move forward.” – Joel Osteen

38. “I don’t want to sit on the sidelines and not value the gift of being here. Instead of the idea of time ticking away, the grains of sand running out, I try to think of time as giving me another grain of sand, another gift. So time passing is an accumulation, rather than a diminishing.” – Tori Amos

39. “You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, and then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count.” – Nancy Reagan

40. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

41. “Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.” – George Bernard Shaw

42. “There is so little time for us all; I need to be able to say what I want quickly and to as many people as possible.” – Marc Bolan

43. “The trouble is you think you have time.” – Gautama Buddha

44. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Truly-Curtin

45. “Time is an illusion.” – Albert Einstein

46. “It would be a fine thing, in which I hardly dare believe, to pass our lives near each other, hypnotized by our dreams.” – Pierre Curie

47. “Time, as is well known, sometimes flies like a bird and sometimes crawls like a worm, but human beings are generally particularly happy when they don’t notice whether it’s passing quickly or slowly.” – Ivan Turgenev

48. “Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of 30.” – Robert Frost

49. “Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery, and its design?” – Paracelsus

50. “Going on with life, it only gets more and more intense as time goes by – and the challenges only multiply.” – Martha Reeves

51. “As time goes by the memories of sitting on the edge of a bed and reading aloud with your kid are going to be very meaningful in your own mental scrapbook.” – Gary Ross

52. “Time is like a handful of sand – the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.” – Anonymous

53. “Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future does not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.” – Charles Caleb Colton

54. “Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself. Think one customer at a time and take care of each one the best way you can.” – Gary Comer

55. “Better late than never, but never late is better.” – Anonymous

56. “I have been all men known to history, Wondering at the world and at time passing; I have seen evil, and the light blessing Innocent love under a spring sky.” – R. S. Thomas

57. “We have been conditioned to see the passing of time as an adversary.” – Menachem Mendel Schneerson

58. “Methinks I see the wanton hours flee, and as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.” – George Villiers

59. “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” – Henry David Thoreau

60. “You feel sadness for time passing. New York is a city that keeps reinventing itself, and I love it so much.” – Greta Gerwig

61. “I feel an overwhelming rush of sadness… I’m just struck by a sense of time passing so quickly, rushing forward. One day I’ll wake up and my whole life will be behind me, and it will seem to have gone as quickly as a dream.” – Lauren Oliver

62. “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.” – Charles F. Kettering

63. “There are some moments you’d rather sleep through, pass from point A to point B without awareness of the time passing or the events that carry you from present to future. And it’s mostly those moments in which it’s smarter-safer-to stay awake.” – Robin Wasserman

64. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

65. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.” – Bill Cosby

66. “It’s lost time that matters – the time between time – the moments when you forget time and life just happens.” – Chloe Thurlow

67. “You have got to own your days and live them, each one of them, every one of them, or else the years go by and none of them belong to you.” – Herb Gardner

68. “Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” – Max Frisch

69. “How can you waste time? You have only so much to use, and no matter what you do, it still passes.” – Felix Salten

70. “With enough time, you can get used to almost anything.” – Katherine Applegate


Time, like change, is inevitable and it passes by so quickly — we sometimes forget to enjoy and live our lives to the fullest on every passing tick of the clock.

So, take your time and enjoy every moment, keep your dreams alive, continuously expand your personal space for self-growth and improvement, accept risks with a whole heart, and most importantly, live a wonderful life because someday you will remember today.