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Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

The bell strikes one. We take no note of time, but from its loss. To give it then a tongue is wise in man. As if an angel spoke, I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright, it is the knell of my departed hours. Where are they? With the years beyond the flood. It is the signal that demands despatch; how much is to be done!

The big things that come our way are ... the fruit of seeds planted in the daily routine of our work.

The bird of time has but a little way To flutter - and the bird is on the wing.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.

The end crowns all, and that old common arbitrator, time, will one day end it.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

The great rule of moral conduct is, next to God, to respect Time.

The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line.

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts; or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it.

The laboring man and the artificer knows what every hour of his time is worth, and parts not with it but for the full value: they are only noblemen and gentlemen, who should know best how to use it, that think it only fit to be cast away; and their not knowing how to set a true value upon this, is the true cause of the wrong estimate they make of all other things.

The lifeless boughs of time.

The little things are infinitely the most important.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

The mere sense of living is joy enough.

The mind of man works with strangeness upon the body of time. An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented by the timepiece of the mind by one second.

The only true time which a man can properly call his own, is that which he has all to himself; the rest, though in some sense he may be said to live it, is other people's time, not his.


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