When I was a senior in high school, the quote I used under my yearbook picture paraphrased the great English poet, John Milton:
"How soon hath time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on its wing my one and seventeenth year?"
Believe me, I was no wise-before-my-time teenager -- I was a party girl who lived in the moment, as children are wont to do, thinking little of the past and nothing of the future. But I must have figured out that my life was going to change very fast once I ran out that door with my diploma. And it did.
In that vein, and for your pleasure, I've assembled a few favorite quotes from far wiser men and women than I.
Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.
Coined the term "black hole"
Lived to be 96
A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.
-- John B. Priestly, English novelist
Authored Man and Time
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
Asteroid in his name: 3834 Zappafrank
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Won Nobel Prize in Literature
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Considered the father of French Romanticism
I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week.
Wrote popular column and umpteen best-sellers
The soul doesn't wear a watch.
-- Prem Rawat, Indian-born spiritual teacher
His foundation provides food and water to the poor
History of Western Philosophy became best-seller
1. Black hole photo -- random source
2. English painting by George Morland
3. Drawing by Baron C. DeGrimm
4. Butterfly photo -- random source
5. Coins photo -- royalcoins.com
6. Painting of cats by Daniel Merlin
7. Car swerving sign -- random source
8. Melting Watch, Salvador Dali
9. Lotus painting, Amy Guion Clay -- www.amyclay.com