San Diego State University Department of Psychology

Jeff Conte

Time Management/Planning

I'm definitely going to take a course in time management ... just as soon as I can work it into my schedule -- Louis Borne, (1945- ) American educator and business writer.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of - Ben Franklin

Time is money - Ben Franklin

If you do not know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere - Henry Kissenger (1923 - ), US Secretary of State

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it - Golda Meir (1989-1978), Israeli politician

You can never plan the future by the past - Edmund Burke

Swallow a toad in the morning if you want to encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day - Nicholas Chamfort (1741-1794)

It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark - Howard Ruff (1930)

Misspending one's time is a kind of self-homicide - George Savile, Marquess de Halifax (1633-1695)

Time Urgency

The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry - John Jensen

Those who rush arrive first at the grave - Spanish proverb.

He who is hurried cannot walk gracefully - Chinese proverb.

Nothing is so vulgar as to be in a hurry - Oliver Wendell Holmes

The best thinking is done in solitude.  The worst is done in turmoil - Thomas Edison

There is more to life than increasing its speed - Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

Beyond doubt, the most salient characteristic of life in this latter half of the 19th Century is its SPEED - W.R. Greg, Life at High Pressure (1877)

I've tried relaxing, but -- I don't know -- I feel more comfortable when I am stressed -- Cartoon caption.

For fast acting relief from stress, try slowing down - Lily Tomlin (1939- ), American actress and comedian

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it - Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)


The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now - Chinese Proverb.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present - Roger Babson

You may delay, but time will not - Ben Franklin

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese - Comedian Steven Wright

It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops - George Eliot (1819-1880)

Procrastination is the thief of time - Edward Young (1683-1765)

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.

Miscellaneous Quotes Related To Time

I have a microwave fireplace.  You can lay in front of it all night in only 8 minutes - Comedian Stephen Wright.

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion - Parkinson's Law (1957), Bartlett's Quotations, p. 876 (14).

I was expecting this, but not so soon - Tombstone inscription, Boot Hill, AZ.

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes; when you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours.  That's relativity. - Albert Einstein.

To do 2 things at once is to do neither - Publilius Syrus (1st Century B.C.), Latin writer of mimes

My father worked for the same firm for 12 years.  They fired him and replaced him with a tiny gadget that does everything my father does, only much better.  The depressing thing is my mother ran out and bought one - Woody Allen (1935- ), American actor, director, and comedian

A journalist is stimulated by a deadline.  He writes worse when he has time - Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Better never than late - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it - William James (1842-1910)

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by - Douglas Adams

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so - Douglas Adams

I've been on a calendar, but never on time - Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

He gives twice who gives promptly - Publilius Syrus, first century B.C.

Deadlines are the mothers of invention - John Shanahan (1939- )

Luck is fascinated with the efficient - Persian Proverb

Warning: Dates in calendar are closer than they appear – Bumper Sticker

Time's fun when you're having flies - Kermit the Frog

He's a guy who gets up at 6 a.m. regardless of what time it is -- Lou Duva (1996), veteran boxing trainer, on the spartan training regimen of heavyweight Andrew Golota.


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