36 Awesome Quotes on Time

36 Awesome Quotes on TimeThe biggest excuse people make about why they can’t innovate is the lack of time. Really?

  1. “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.'” – Lao Tzu
  2. “To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein
  3. “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 Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown
  4. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein
  5. “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”- Abraham Lincoln
  6. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  7. “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. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
  8. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion.” – Eckhart Tolle
  9. “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn
  10. “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.” – William Shakespeare
  11. “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn
  12. “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” – Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke
  14. “You may delay, but time will not.” – Ben Franklin
  15. “If you want work well done, select a busy man — the other kind has no time.” – Elbert Hubbard
  16. “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” – Saint Augustine
  17. “Pick my left pocket of its silver dime, but spare the right — it holds my golden time!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  18. “Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands. That’s probably why they get along so well.” – Jonathan Carroll
  19. “My time is now.” – John Turner
  20. “All my possessions for a moment of time.” – Queen Elizabeth
  21. “What may be done at any time will be done at no time.” – Scottish proverb
  22. “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers
  23. “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx
  24. “I’ve been on a calendar, but I have never been on time.” – Marilyn Monroe
  25. “The surest way to be late is to have plenty of time.” – Leo Kennedy
  26. “A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.” – Milton Berle
  27. “The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” – William Gibson
  28. “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen Covey
  29. “It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  30. “Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield
  31. “In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.” – Sir John Lubbock
  32. “I am definitely going to take a course on time management — just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.” – Louis Boone
  33. “You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Bruxton
  34. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshule
  35. “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.” – Thomas Edison
  36. “The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” – Carl Sandburg

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Mitch DitkoffMitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.

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  1. Dan Leavitt on January 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    The best lesson I ever learned was from my 6th grade math teacher. He said, “Time is your most valuable possession. Don’t waste it.” I didn’t appreciate the lesson at the time but today I live by the quote and practice it everyday.

  2. pearl on January 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I was looking for a meaningful quote to place along with a watch that I bought my 22 year old son for his birthday, now I have 36 to choose from. 🙂 thank you

  3. Jeremiah Say on April 3, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Thank you for these quotes. Time is indeed the most important resource. Let’s cherish time lest we regret later.

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