Also see Day, Night, Sun, Moon and Stars, Memories, Seasons (months, days, etc.) Sleeping and Waking, Time Song Lists (minute, hour, time, early, late, clock, etc), specific times, clocks, early, hour, late, minute, second, etc), Times Song Lists (already, ever, finally, future, often, while, etc), Again Song Lists, Always Song Lists (always, forever, still, etc), Never Song Lists, Wait Song Lists (stay, wait, until, etc), and When Song Lists (after, before, now, soon, when, etc).

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Time Doesn't Discriminate

(Denis Waitley)

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.

Father Time

(Charles Dickens)

Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a season,
and a time for every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to break down, a time to build up;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time of war and a time of peace.


(Gamaliel Bradford, from Shadow Verses)

Down come the leaves,
Like fleeting years,
Or idle tears
Of love that grieves.

A tinkling trill,
A pallid flight
Like brief delight--
And all is still.


(Dr. Seuss)

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?


(William H. Davies)

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass.
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Measuring Time

(Bill Morgan, Jr.)

Time, sooner or later,
is the one commodity
we all run short of.
Wrote John Burroughs:
"I still find each day too short for
all the thoughts I want to think
all the walks I want to take
all the books I want to read
all the friends I want to see."

Our time is too short . . .
for pettiness
for angry words
for wounded feelings
for crushed souls.

Perhaps the measure of a life
is not its length
. . . but its love.

There Isn't Time!

(Eleanor Farjeon)

There isn't time, there isn't time
To do the things I want to do,
With all the mountain-tops to climb,
And all the woods to wander through,
And all the seas to sail upon,
And everywhere there is to go,
And all the people, every one
Who lives upon the earth, to know.
There's only time, there's only time
To know a few, and do a few,
And then sit down and make a rhyme
About the rest I want to do.


When as a child I laughed and wept
time crept.

When as a youth I dreamed and talked
time walked.

When I became a full-grown man
time ran.

When older still, I daily grew
time flew.

Soon I shall find in traveling on
time gone.

Not Enough Time

(Mary Pickering)

There are not enough hours in a day
To see what I'd like to see
There are not enough days in a week
To enjoy the things that are free
There are not enough weeks in a year
This wonderful world to view
There are not enough years in a lifetime
To spend in loving you.


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 not.

Take Time

-;- -;-
-;- -;-
-;- -;- -;-
Take time to take--
the small gifts so hesitatingly offered by a friend.
the proud handmade present from a child.
Take time to listen--
to the old man's too oft-told tale
-;- to a husband's words of love
· i ·
-;- -;-
`·. | .·´ -;-
- - - --`×´-- - - -
-;- .·´ | `·. -;-
· ! ·
, -;-
Take time to share-- -;-
a moment with a lonely soul
-;- (for loneliness shared becomes love).
a sorrow with a bereaved friend
(for sorrow shared becomes comfort).

Take time to touch--
another human (which means "I care for you, I trust you").
another life (for that is what life is all about).

Take time for each other-- -;-
for nothing else is that important.
-;- Take time to live--
to dance for fun -;-
to sing for joy
to paint or sew or create a beautiful gift.
· i ·
-;- -;-
`·. | .·´ -;-
- - - --`×´-- - - -
-;- .·´ | `·. -;-
· ! ·
, -;-
Take time to watch--
the snow swirling outside the windowpane,
the flames dancing in the fireplace.

Take time for gladness--
for this faltering, fumbling world is, after all,
mostly good!
· i ·
-;- -;-
`·. | .·´ -;-
- - - --`×´-- - - -
-;- .·´ | `·. -;-
· ! ·

Take Time

Take time to work--
    it is the price of success.
Take time to think--
    it is the source of power.
Take time to play--
    it is the secret of youth.
Take time to read--
    it is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly--
    it is the road to happiness.
Take time to to dream--
    it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved--
    it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around--
    it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh--
    it is the music of the soul.

A Thousand Marbles

I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.
So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.
I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.

Daylight Savings Time

(Phyllis McGinley)

In Spring when maple buds are red,
We turn the clock an hour ahead;
Which means, each April that arrives,
We lose an hour
Out of our lives.

Who cares? When Autumn birds in flocks
Fly southward, back we turn the clocks,
And so regain a lovely thing-
That missing hour
We lost last Spring.

Daylight Savings Time Facts and Quotes

Daylight Savings Time Guide to Setting Your Clocks Back

Smartphone – leave it along, it does its magic
Sundial – move one house to the left
Oven – you’ll need a Masters in electronic engineering
Car clock – not worth it, just wait six months

Daylight Savings Time in Indiana

Until April 2005, the Hoosier state had its own unique and complex time system. Not only is the state split between two time zones, but until recently, only some parts of the state observed daylight saving time while the majority did not.
Under the old system, 77 of the state's 92 counties were in the Eastern Time Zone but remained on standard time all year. That is, except for two counties near Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky., which did use daylight time.
The counties in the northwest corner of the state (near Chicago) and the southwestern tip (near Evansville), which are in the Central Time Zone, used both standard and daylight time.
The battle between the old system and DST was contentious and hard-won-bills proposing DST had failed more than two dozen times until finally squeaking through the state legislature in April 2005. As of April 2, 2006, the entire state of Indiana joined 47 other states in observing Daylight Saving Time.
But it isn't quite as simple and straightforward as it seems. Telling time in Indiana remains something of a bewildering experience: eighteen counties now observed Central Daylight Time and the remaining 74 counties observe Eastern Daylight Time.

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