Time is all you have. Master your time and you master your life. Time management is one of those wonderful, timeless topics with so many lessons and so many great mentors.

To get a better view on time management, we can first “stand on the shoulder’s of giants.” To do so, let’s take a stroll through some words of wisdom from our sages of the ages.

While organizing my quotes collection, I gained more clarity on the simple, but powerful lessons of time. I was able to distill the wisdom of the ages into a handful of lessons to help you master time: Time is what you make of it. You don’t have time, you make it. It’s your most valuable resource. Invest time. Investing in your time is investing in your life. Don’t dwell on the train you missed. Catch the next train. Time changes what’s important. You can’t buy time. Time is all we have. Time is a teacher. Time is a judge. Time is a healer. Time is a friend.

Top 10 Time Management Quotes

I had a tough time picking the best 10 time management quotes. There are so many great quotes. That said, here are my top 10 best time management quotes:

  1. “Time and I against any two.“ – Baltasar Gracian
  2. “Time is a great healer, but a poor beautician.“ – Lucille S. Harper
  3. “He that rises late must trot all day.“ – Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.“ – Kung Fu Panda
  5. “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute — then it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity!“ – Albert Einstein
  6. “Time stays long enough for those who use it.“ – Leonardo Da Vinci
  7. “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.“ – Charles Dickens
  8. “Time is the rider that breaks youth.“ – George Herbert
  9. “No man goes before his time — unless the boss leaves early“. – Groucho Marx
  10. “Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.“ – Daniel J. Boorstin

I want to throw in another quote that one of my mentors shares with me to help keep time in perspective. It goes a little something like this: “Live each day, as if it’s your last, but plan to live 100 years.”

Change and Time

Time as a powerful change agent:

“Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.“

— Faith Baldwin

“Seasons change.“

– Unknown

“Time cuts down all, both great and small.“

“One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.“

— Norman Douglas

“Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.“

– – George Bernard Shaw

“Oh Time! the beautifier of the dead, adorer of the ruin, comforter and only healer when the heart hath bled… Time, the avenger! “

— Lord Byron

Focus and Priorities

Time is a great forcing function and a great tool to help you prioritize:

“To do two things at once is to do neither.“

— Publius Syrus

“People always make time to do the things they really want to do.“

– Anonymous

“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

— Samuel Johnson

“Is what I’m doing or about to do getting us closer to our objective?“

— Robert Townsend

“What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.“

“We realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. We confess, we have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.“


Source: sourcesofinsight.com