Time jumps. It leaps. It pours away like water through fingers.
- Lauren Oliver, Delirium
Time - when pursued like a bandit - will behave like one, always remaining one county or one room ahead of you, changing its name and hair colour to elude you, slipping out the back door of the motel just as you're banging through the lobby with your newest search warrant, leaving only a burning cigarette in the ashtray to taunt you. At some point you have to stop because it won't. You have to admit that you can't catch it. That you're not supposed to catch it.
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Time was our very first king. We all live our lives to the aggressive ticking of the clock. We don't question that our lives are a grid of seconds; even our pulses oblige. No succeeding king can hope to hold this kind of power.
- Lauren DeStefano, Perfect Ruin
What a slut time is. She screws everybody.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
A few years turned into more years, and more years turned into all years. Years have a habit of behaving like that.
- Fredrik Backman, Britt-Marie Was Here
When you have a watch, time is like a swimming pool. There are edges and sides. Without a watch, time is like the ocean. Sloppy and vast.
- Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Try to make your time matter: minutes and hours and days and weeks can blow away like dead leaves, with nothing to show but time you spent not quite ever doing things, or time you spent waiting to begin.