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It seems being wise involves a way of life, without getting caught up in the hows of life. Enjoy this page of wisdom quotes, it has been inspired by the wise people I've met in my life. The Wisdom Almost every wise saying has an opposite one.

We kill time. We save time. We rob and get robbed of time, we lose time, and we have all the time in the world. But no one of us is powerful enough to stop the march of time or slow it down.

Is it something far beyond our control? In fact, no. While we cannot influence the flow of time, we still can get the most out of it. Becoming a wise time manager sometimes is similar to mastering a sorcery, but the results are worth the effort.

Being the master of your time means getting more done, staying energized, and doing more things you enjoy. We’ve collected the best time quotes from the greatest minds of the world – use them as an inspiration or as guidelines for improving your time management.

10 Most Popular Time Quotes

Great minds of different nations and centuries have been wondering how time flows and figuring out better ways to use it for our benefit. Let’s look at these pieces of wisdom and sometimes humor. We definitely have something to learn from them!

1. – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.

Leo Tolstoy, the greatest humanist, put these words in General Kutuzov’s mouth. And, actually, it is a combination of two quotes. In book ten, the General says:

Later, he repeats this idea in his thought: .

By the way, check out more Leo Tolstoy’s quotes in Twitter @TolstoySays and find humanistic wisdom and daily insights.

2. – Benjamin Franklin.

Probably, the most famous quote about time by Benjamin Franklin, a person known by his productivity and various talents. In his 84 years, he became not only a prominent politician and diplomat, but also an actor, musician, inventor, and satirist.

As for his famous saying, it refers to the concept of opportunity cost. This means, each choice you make has its cost, and delays (as a choice to not take action) usually lead to decrease in output.

3. – Folklore.

The earliest record of this phrase is dated 1225 – before English was shaped in the modern form. The origin is uncertain, so it’s considered to be a proverbial wisdom. It means that no man has enough power to stop time or to change its course.

4. – William Shakespeare.

Better spend time waiting for the opportunity to take an action than miss the chance. In Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, the phrase is said by a character who suspects his wife’s infidelity, but in fact, it can be applied to any situation when you need to take a chance to change things.

5. – Benjamin Franklin.

You can’t keep today’s hour for tomorrow – we all know that, but still tend to procrastinate. Benjamin Franklin warns that time is a scarce resource, and if it’s wasted, it cannot be recovered later. This is why mindful planning and work on productivity are so important.

6. – Theophrastus.

Ancient Greek philosophy is known by its combination of merely theoretical thoughts and practical approach. Theophrastus understood time as an accident of motion that cannot be stopped or reversed, and he said that waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.

7. – Pericles.

Pericles, the influential ancient Greek statesman and general, was a rationalist and knew the value of time. His famous phrase was said as a warning for Tolmides, the young Athenian general who intended to invade Boeotia. Eventually Tolmides failed to listen to Pericles’ words, his army suffered a heavy defeat and he died in the battle. This quote is a warning against premature decisions and poor judgement caused by the lack of time.

8. – Stephen R. Covey.

A quote by Stephen R. Covey, the author of the famous time management matrix. You can spend time on useful and useless things, but if you call it “investing”, you’ll definitely invest it in something that has value and importance for you. So choose your goals wisely so that time you spend on them becomes an investment, not an expense.

9. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

If we truly love something, we spend (or invest?) time in it. As time is a valuable resource, when invested, it makes the person, goal or activity even more important for us. But there’s a negative side too. Sometimes we hold on to the past and to the irrelevant goals just because we already spent too much time on them.

10. – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The phrase that looks like a joke for most of us, is the truth of a complete hedonist. Oscar Wilde is being at his best: the meaning of his quote is that when you invest effort in someone else’s comfort (like hurrying because someone is waiting), you sacrifice your own time that you could spend on much more pleasant things.

The Relentless Time

People have always been considering time as a relentless and cruel force, a robber, and a killer. Looks like a depressive poetic phrase, and the realization that it is not possible to control the course of time is even more sad. But good news is that time is a valuable resource that each of us has, and we can use it at our own discretion and for our benefit.

  1. Harvey Mackay
  2. Jack Kornfield
  3. Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
  4. John Updike
  5. Aeschylus
  6. Dion Boucicault
  7. Napoleon I
  8. Jim Morrison
  9. Stephen King, The Green Mile
  10. William Carlos Williams

The Irreversible Time

How often do we understand that we could use our time better, and regret that we didn’t spend it wisely? How often do we dream of how good it would be to amend things we did or didn’t do long ago? The older we get, the longer and thicker are the shadows of the past, and what’s important here is not holding on to them. We cannot turn the clock back, but we can do our best today to make tomorrow a happier time.

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Charles F. Kettering
  3. Mason Cooley
  4. Ashley Ormon
  5. Dr. Seuss

The Time We Waste

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day – and later realizing that you never make up for the lost time: the cycle familiar to any of us. While it is not possible to completely avoid it, we should never forget that we can’t reclaim the time we wasted, and spend it on things we love and need.

  1. Leo Christopher
  2. Bruce Lee
  3. William Penn
  4. Jonathan Estrin
  5. Robin Sharma
  6. Colette
  7. Charles Darwin
  8. Mason Cooley
  9. Jean De La Bruyere
  10. Thomas Jefferson
  11. Bill Watterson
  12. Seneca

The Time We Control

While we cannot do anything about how fast the time flows, we still can control how we use it. Being more energized and productive helps us live to the fullest. Always remember what your goals are, get more done, and try new things to find all of your talents.

  1. Jim Rohn
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Eric Thomas
  4. Andy Warhol
  5. J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  7. John F. Kennedy
  8. Maria Edgeworth
  9. Bil Keane
  10. Shoppenhauer
  11. Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
  12. Martin Luther

The Elusive Time

The nature of time is a complex thing. Scientists, poets, and philosophers explain it differently, and many of us have our own understanding of what it is and how it works, and – what’s more important from the practical point of view – how it influences us and how we influence it.

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Thomas Hardy
  3. Albert Einstein
  4. C.S. Lewis
  5. Jeremy Irons
  6. Charles Dickens
  7. J.K. Rowling
  8. Stephen Hawking
  9. Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Summary

Time, poetically depicted as a relentless thief, scientifically explained as the fourth dimension, and practically seen as a valuable and limited resource, is one of the biggest riddles of the universe. The truth is, our decisions and actions define whether it is our enemy or ally. Taking control of our time means living our own life – not someone else’s – and getting the most out of it.

Wise Quotes and Sayings: Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your Being quiet is fine, most people don't listen anyways.

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76 Wise Quotes

Let these wise quotes remind you of life lessons that bring us wisdom and build our character. Be inspired and encouraged by these words.

  1. Pain can change you, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom. Dalai Lama
    Wisdom Quotes



  2. When looking for wise words, the best ones often come from our elders. Catherine Pulsifer
    Age



  3. You've heard that it's wise to learn from experience, but it is wiser to learn from the experience of others. Rick Warren
    Experience



  4. Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. Hermann Hesse
    Letting Go



  5. But what I've discovered over time is that some of the wisest people I know have also been some of the most broken people. James Prescott, Mosaic of Grace
    Inspirational Quotes about Life and Struggles



  6. Don't waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. Paulo Coelho
    Time



  7. To make difficult decisions wisely, it helps to have a systematic process for assessing each choice and its consequences - the potential impact on each aspect of your life. Stedman Graham, You Can Make It Happen Every Day
    Decision



  8. Each of us experiences defeats in life. We can transform defeat into victory if we learn from life’s whuppings. Les Brown
    Defeat




  9. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn
    Possibilities



  10. Self-Improvement and success go hand in hand. Taking the steps to make yourself a better and more well-rounded individual will prove to be a wise decision. Frank Long, A Better You
    Success



  11. Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. John Keats
    Short Quotes



  12. To be wise, we must seek Jesus, for we will not find wisdom apart from him. Kim Brenneman, Home Management
    Jesus



  13. What you do and say lives on in the hearts and minds of others, to some degree, with a definite result or consequence. Charles F. Stanley
    Influence



  14. Reading is one of the most important activities, which helps to educate genius and develop creative abilities. Samuel Greenberg, Think like Einstein, earn like Bill Gates
    Genius



  15. Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. George Orwell
    Funny Quotes about Life



  16. Faith in God includes faith in God's timing. Neal A. Maxwell
    Faith



  17. Meditation is about viewing the world with great clarity so you can make wise decisions. It will help you make the appropriate action with regard to things that you have to change. Mia Conrad, Social Anxiety
    Action



  18. That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what are unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Famous Quotes about Life



  19. Attitude, to me, is more important than money. It is more important than the future, the past, education, circumstances, failure, success, it is even more important than what other people think or say. Brad Hanson, Pieces of Wisdom
    Attitude




  20. Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so. Lord Chesterfield
    Short Inspirational Quotes



  21. The legacy you leave is the life you lead. We lead our lives daily, and we leave a legacy daily - not some grand plan, what we do each and every day, all the little decisions, because we never know what impact things will have or when you might have an impact. Jim Kouzes
    Life



  22. For me, a sense of prosperity often comes with less rather than more. Lori Hill, 5 Gifts to Give Yourself
    Simplcity



  23. By three things the wise person may be known. What three? He sees a shortcoming as it is. When he sees it, he tries to correct it. And when another acknowledges a shortcoming, the wise one forgives it as he should. Buddha
    Forgiveness



  24. Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
    Change



  25. It is far better to give work that is above a person, than to educate the person to be above their work. John Ruskin
    Work



  26. A very wise woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, famously once said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Truly dwell on the wisdom of that philosophical statement for a moment. Ian Tuhovsky, Natural Confidence Training
    Famous



  27. Do not be wise in words be wise in deeds. Jewish Proverb
    Actions Speak Louder Than Words Quotes



  28. A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. Albert Einstein
    Problem



  29. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. Paulo Coelho
    Meaninful



  30. Thus, a wise individual is the one who learns to see positive even in unfavorable events and unanticipated behavior of people. Lindsay J. Hallie, Happiness
    Positive




  31. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee
    Question



  32. Big-picture thinkers are comfortable with ambiguity. They don't try to force every observation or piece of data into pre-formulated mental cubby holes. John C. Maxwell
    Comfort Zone



  33. A significant part of showing respect is simply listening. We offer our presence and open ears - listening to the hidden hurts and heartaches, the deepest dreams and desires of one another. Rick Warren
    Respect



  34. . . . just because we feel a certain way doesn't make that feeling a fact. It only means that we feel that way. We must learn to press past our feelings. Joyce Meyer
    Feeling



  35. People who are generous are constantly giving things away: courage, money, introductions - whatever is needed. Look around today and see what you have in abundance that others might be lacking. David Jeremiah
    Generosity



  36. We tend to think of great thinkers and innovators as soloists, but the truth is that the greatest innovative thinking doesn't occur in a vacuum. Innovation results from collaboration. John C. Maxwell
    Inspirational Quotes



  37. The hardnesses of our experiences, which seem to us to be more than we can possibly endure, make the very school of life for us in which we learn our best lessons and grow into whatever beauty and Christlikeness of character we attain. Al Bryant
    Quotes on Life Lessons



  38. A word from the wise - from those who have had experience in life - is far more valuable than many realize. If we are wise we will take it and make use of it, thus saving ourselves much time and grief. Dorothea S. Kopplin
    Example



  39. Which way you choose to see your life in the future depends on your attitude today. Amy E. Dean
    Future



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Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, anymore than standing in your garage makes you a car.

I moaned because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.

Keep smiling… It makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. :)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr

Never argue with an idiot they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you through experience

Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong???

Opportunities slide away like clouds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Revenge is a Poison meant for others, which we end up swallowing ourselves.
Vengence is a Dark Light that blinds all who seek it.
Don’t argue with Idiots.. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
Faith looks up!!

If you argue with an idiot, after a while it is hard to tell who the real idiot is.

Being quiet is fine, most people don’t listen anyways.

Victory is gained by resolution and determination. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Empty cans make the most noise.

The wisest of people in this world are those that admit when they are wrong.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I learn from all these things to make me a better person.

Those who fail to prepare, are preparing to fail.

When you point a finger at someone you also have 3 fingers pointing at yourself, that means you must have a look at yourself at least 3 times before judging someone else.

LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today, and HOPE for tomorrow.

He who indulges in a task without proper knowledge will deteriorate rather than improve the case. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
– Lao Tzu

Never hate people who are jealous of you, but respect their jealousy because they’re the ones who think you’re better than them.

There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds. (Prophet Mohammad (s))

Never expect anything.
This way, you’ll never be disappointed.

Never challenge an old man, because if you lose, you’ve lost to an old man, and if you win, so what?

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it.

If you can’t cook don’t tell someone their food needs salt.

Never wrestle with a pig- you both get dirty but the pig likes it.

Better slow going somewhere than fast going nowhere.

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1 A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

鸟儿唱歌不是因为它们有了答案,而是因为它们有歌要唱。
niǎor chànggē bú shì yīnwèi tāmen yǒule dáàn ,érshì yīnwèi tāmen yǒu gē yào chàng 。

鸟(bird)儿(suffix, no meaning)唱(sing)歌(song)不(not)是(is/be)因为(because)它们(they)有(have)了(past tense marker)答案(answer),而是(but)因为(because)它们(they)有(have)歌(song)要(want to)唱(sing)。

2 A book holds a house of gold.

书中自有黄金屋。
shū zhōng zì yǒu huángjīn wū 。

书(book)中(within)自(itself)有(have)黄金(gold)屋(house)

3 A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

书是随身携带的花园。
shū shì suíshēn xiédài de huāyuán 。

书(book)是(is)随身(to (carry) on one’s person)携带(carry/bring)的(connecting particle)花园(garden)。

4 A bit of fragrance clings to the hand that gives flowers.

赠人玫瑰,手有余香。
zèng rén méiguī ,shǒu yǒuyú xiāng 。

赠(give)人(person/people)玫瑰(roses),手(hand)有(have)余(lingering)香(fragrance)。

5 A filthy mouth will not utter decent language.

狗嘴里吐不出象牙。
gǒu zuǐlǐ tǔ bù chū xiàngyá 。

狗(dog)嘴(mouth)里(within)吐不出(not able to utter out/ spit out)象牙(ivory / elephant tusk )。

6 A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

宁做有瑕玉,不做无暇石。
nìng zuò yǒu xiá yù ,bú zuò wúxiá shí 。

宁(rather to)做(be)有(have)瑕(flaw)玉(jade),不(not)做(to be)无(none)暇(flaw)石(stone)。

7 A gem will be polished without carving and polishing, nor a man perfected without trials.

玉不琢、不成器。
yù bù zhuó 、bùchéng qì 。

玉(jade)不(not)琢(cut/refine)、不(not)成(become)器(device / tool / utensil )。

8 Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

不怕慢,就怕停。
bú pà màn ,jiù pà tíng 。

不(not)怕(afraid)慢(slowness),就(just)怕(fear/afraid)停(stop)。

9 Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom.

疑惑深,智慧深;疑惑浅,智慧浅。
yíhuò shēn ,zhìhuì shēn ;yíhuò jiān ,zhìhuì jiān 。

疑惑(doubt)深(deep),智慧(wisdom)深(deep);疑惑(doubt)浅(shallow),智慧(wisdom)浅(shallow)。

10 When you drink the water, remember the spring.

饮水思源。
yǐn shuǐ sī yuán 。

饮(drink)水(water)思(think of)源(source of water)。

11 A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.

酒逢知己千杯少,话不投机半句多。
jiǔ féng zhījǐ qiān bēi shǎo ,huà bù tóu jī bàn jù duō 。

酒(wine)逢(meet)知己(person who knows myself)千(thousand)杯(sup)少(few),话(word)不(not)投机(congenial/agreeable)半(half)句(sentence)多(many)。

12 If heaven made him, earth can find some use for him.

天生我材必有用。
tiān shēng wǒ cái bì yǒu yòng 。

天(haven)生(give birth to)我(my)材(ability)必(must)有(have)用(usage)。

13 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

授人以鱼不如授人以渔。
shòu rén yǐ yú bùrú shòu rén yǐ yú 。

授(give)人(people)以(with)鱼(fish)不如(rather)授(give)人(person/people)以(with)渔(fishing)。

14 Dig the well before you are thirsty.

未雨绸缪。
wèi yǔ chóumóu 。

未(not yet)雨(rain)绸缪(bind around with silk (idiom, from Book of Songs 詩經|诗经); fig. to plan ahead)。

15 Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown.
To enjoy the benefits of the hard work of one’s predecessors.

前人栽树,后人乘凉。
qián rén zāi shù,hòu rén chéng liáng 。

前(former)人(people)栽(plant)树(trees),后(later)人(people)乘凉(to cool off in the shade)。

16 Do good, reap good; do evil, reap evil.

善有善报,恶有恶报。
shàn yǒu shàn bào,è yǒu è bào 。

善(goodness)有(have)善(good)报(repay),恶(badness)有(have)恶(bad)报(retribution)。

17 If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it.

若要人不知,除非己莫为。
ruò yào rén bù zhī,chú fēi jǐ mò wéi 。

若(if)要(want)人(people)不(not)知(know),除非(unless)己(oneself)莫(not)为(do)。

18 Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

师傅领进门,修行在个人。
shīfu lǐng jìn mén ,xiūxíng zài gèrén 。

师傅(master/ teacher)领(bring)进(enter)门(door),修行(cultivate/

religious practice (Buddhism) )在(depend on)个人(self)。

19 Studying is like rowing upstream: no advance is to drop back.

学如逆水行舟,不进则退。
xué rú nì shuǐ xíng zhōu ,bú bú jìn zé tuì 。

学(study)如(is like)逆(against)水(water)行(row)舟(boat),不(not)进(advance)则( conjunction used to express contrast with a previous sentence or clause/then)退(retreat)。

20 If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

忍得一时之氣,免得百日之忧。
rěn dé yīì zhī qì,miǎn de bǎi rì zhī yōu。

忍(tolerate)得(particle)一(one)时(time)之(connecting particle)氣(anger),免(save)得(particle)百(hundred)日(day)之(connecting particle)忧(sorrow)。

The proverb, Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still ( 不怕慢,就怕停 bú pà màn, jiù pà tíng ), made me recall this song.

Standing still – Jewel (lyrics)

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