The end of 2019 is more than a fortnight away. But as the old saying goes, time and tide wait for no man. So I thought I would try to get ahead of the rushing tide (impossible as that may seem) and share some quotations about time. I trust that these will serve as food for thought and a source of inspiration for all ye readers of Marine Café Blog.

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.

Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

Time? Time? Why worry about something that takes care of itself so well? You were born with the habit of consuming time. Be satisfied with that.

William Faulkner, Mosquitoes

Time shall show us. The post of honour and the post of shame, the general’s station and the drummer’s, a peer’s statue in Westminster Abbey and a seaman’s hammock in the bosom of the deep, the mitre and the workhouse, the woolsack and the gallows, the throne and the guillotine – the travellers to all are on the great high road; but it has wonderful divergences, and only Time shall show us whither each traveller is bound.

Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

Let us strive together to part with time more reluctantly, to watch the pinions of the fleeting moment until they are dim in the distance, and the new-coming moment claims our attention.

Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson: Letters

Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Exempt are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love.

Aristotle, letter to Alexander on the policy toward the Cities

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

My past is everything I failed to be.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

William Shakespeare, Richard II

The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet


I am, a stride at a time. A very short space of time through very short time of space.

James Joyce, Ulysses

The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’

~ Barista Uno

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