“I had a clock and a watch, but I destroyed them both. I could not bear the way they mocked me.” ~Susanna Clarke
Time demands too much of our time. It pretends to be indifferent, yet creates chaos when we ignore it. It demands our attention, yet refuses to sit still. It invades our privacy, and yet keeps to itself.
Only when we dream are we free from time. But the moment we return we discover it has looted our houses and defaced our possessions. It simply cannot be trusted, time. In truth, we’re better off without it. Perhaps that’s why in the end we all say, “So be it, then” and die. Still, until that time when there is no time: What are we to do with time?
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“Aside from velcro, time is the most mysterious substance in the universe.” ~Dave Barry
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” ~Groucho Marx
“In a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence as a dream.” ~Edgar Allan Poe
“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:11
“‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’” ~J.R.R. Tolkien