Time Is Of The Essence
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Time Is Of The Essence - Time Poems


Time is painted with alock before, and bald behind, signifying thereby that we must take time by the forelock, for when it is once passed there is no recalling it.
- Swift


There can be no persevering industry with a
deep sense of the value of time.
- Mrs. Sigourney


Study the past if you would divine the future.
- Confucius


There can be no persevering industry with a
deep sense of the value of time.
- Mrs. Sigourney

The Hours

The bell strikes one. We take no note of time but from its loss. To give it then a tongue is wise in man. As if an angel spoke. I feel the solemn sound. If heard aright, it is the knell of my departed hours. Where are they? With the years beyond the flood. It is the signal that demands dispatch; how much is to be done!
- Young

Future Days

Banish the future; live only for the hour and its alotted work. Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the the day; for surely our plain duty is "not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
- Osler


Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will,
Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them
All. I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
- Emerson


Lost wealth may be replaced by industry,
lost knowledge by study, lost health by
temperance, but lost time is gone for ever.
- Smiles


Yesterday I dragged wearily along, passively
resigned, the Man-I-Am...
between the Man-I-Might-Have-Been and the
Man-I-Yet-May-Be. But now today, I feel
that with Christ's help all things are
possible to the aspirations, the energy,
and courage that are thrilling in me in this
beautiful new-born life of today, and the
Man-I-Yet-May-Be draws closer to my side.
- O.F.


For a few brief days the orchards are white with blossoms. They soon turn to fruit, or else float away, useless and wasted, upon the idle breeze. So will it be with present feelings. They must be deepened into decision, or be entirely dissipated by delay.
- Unknown


For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-Morrow is only a Vision;
But To-Day, well lived,
Makes every Yesterday
A dream of Happiness,
And every To-Morrow
a Vision of Hope.


Todays is the wise man's day;
tomorrow is the fool's day.
The wise man is the man who, when he sees
what ought to be done, does it today.
The foolish man is the man who, when
he sees what ought to be done, says,
"I will do it tomorrow."
The men who always do today the thing
they see ought to be done today
are the men who make a success for
time and for eternity. The men and
women who put off until tomorrow what
ought to be done today are the men
and women who make a shipwreck of time
and of eternity.
- Banks


There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.
- Maria Edgeworth


I owe all my success in life to having been
always a quarter of an hour beforehand.
- Lord Nelson


The small stone which fill up the crevices have almost as much to do with making the fair and firm wall as the great rock; so the wise use of spare moments contributes not a little to the building up in good proportions a man's mind.
- E. Paxton Hood


The morning, which is the most memorable season
of the day, is the awakening hour...
Little is to be expected of that day,
if it can be called a day, to which we are
not awakened by our Genius...
All memorable events, I should say, transpires
in morning time and in morning atmosphere...
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps
pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning...
Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me...
- Thoreau

Half an Hour

It is better to be doing the most insignificant
thing than to reckon even a half hour insignificant.
- Goethe


There is a time to be born, and a time to die, says Solomon, and it is the memento of a truly wise man; but there is an interval between these two times of infinite importance.
- Richmond


Keep forever in view the momentous value of life; aim at its worthiest use, its sublimest end; spurn, with disdain, those foolish trifles and frivolous vanities, which so often consume life, as the locusts did Egypt; and devote yourself, with the ardor of a passion, to attain the most devine improvements of the human soul. In short, hold yourself in preparation to make the transition to another life, whenever you shall be claimed by the.
- J. Foster


Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business,
and the graceful courtesy of princes.
- Bulwer

Months and Years

Select a large box, and place in it as many cannon balls as it will hold, and it is, after a fashion, full; but it will hold more if smaller matters be found. Bring a quantity of marbles; many of these may be packed in the spaces between the larger globes; the box is now ful, but still only in a sense; it will contain more yet. There are interstices in abundance, into which you may shake a considerable quantity of small shot, and now the chest is filled beyond all questions; but yet there is room. You cannot put in another shot or marble much less another ball; but you will find that several pounds of sand will slide down between the larger materials, and even then between the granules of sand, if you empty yonder jug, there will be space for several times repeated. Where there is no space for the great, there may be for the little; where the little cannot enter, the less can make its way; and where the less is shut out, the least of all may find ample room. So, where time is, as we say, fully occupied, there must be stray moments, occasional intervals, and snatches, which might hold a vast amount of little usefulness in the course of months and years. What a wealth of minor good, as we think it to be, might be shaken down into the interstices of ten years work, which might prove to be as precious in result by the grace of God, as the greater works of the same period.
- C.H. Spurgeon

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