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Ten Quotes about Time from Time’s Edge

A few readers have asked what our favorite quotes about time are — from our own books! We debated and argued and wrangled over some of them but managed to come up with a list of ten. So, for posterity, here are our favorite quotes about time from the Time’s Edge series:

Time's Edge Cover1. Time exists in cosmic strings that run parallel to each other, each with a slightly different frequency and, hence, a slightly different reality. (Time’s Edge)

2. We create the illusion of time, but time, as most beings define it, doesn’t really exist. (Time’s Secret)

3. Time is infinite. If you’re a molecule. (Time’s Secret)

4. Most answers are revealed by Time. (Time’s Secret)

5. Play your part in time but do not try to alter time. (Time’s Illusion) Time's Illusion Cover

6. Time takes no prisoners. (Time’s Warriors)

7.  It is better to be warned and act at the proper time then to try and change the order of time. (Time’s Warriors)

8. Time heals most errors. (Time’s Guardians)

9. Time has a way of righting itself. (Time’s Guardians)

10. Time is ours. (Time’s Illusion)

10 Plus 2 Tributes to Time

Time is. Time was. Time is past. Time is a difficult thing to pin down! As one year turns into anther, we thought this would be a good time to explore that most elusive of all concepts. Here are some thoughts on the subject:


1. Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. William Faulkner

2. For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.  Doug Larson

3. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.  Abraham Lincoln

4. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  C. S. Lewis

5. Time goes, you say? Ah, no! alas, time stays, we go.  Henry Austin Dobson

6. Time is money.  Benjamin Franklin

7. Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.  William Penn

8. We are time’s subjects, and time bids be gone.  William Shakespeare

9. 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

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. Harvey MacKay

Our own take on time:

Time is a concept, not a reality. We create the illusion of time, but time, as most beings define it, doesn’t really exist. Orazio, the Time Master (Time’s Secret)

And our all-time favorite remark about time:

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. Albert Einstein

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