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science on your dying bed. Spend it in nothing which you might not safely and properly be found doing, if death should surprise you in the act.— Baxter.
TIME, ITS BREVITY.—We all of us complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are spent either in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do; we are always complaining our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.Seneca.
TIME, ITS ESTIMATE. Can it be called living, to pass our lives in doing nothing? Can we be said to make the best improvement of our time, when we let it slip without reaping any durable fruit from it, and without procuring any other satisfactions than such as pass away together with it.—Art of Thinking
TIME, ITS INNOVATIONS.—Lord Bacon said, “ Time is the greatest of innovators:" he might also have said, “ the greatest of improyers.” On this subject, I like Madame de Stael's observation, quite as well as Lord Bacon's; it is this : “ That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on an alteration of some past that went before it.” And yet there are not a few
grown children of the present day, who would blubber and pout at any attempt to deliver them from the petticoat government and apron-string security of their good greatgrandmother-Antiquity.--Colton.
TIME, ITS PROGRESS.—It is notorious to philosophers, that joy and grief can hasten and delay time: Locke is of opinion, that a man in great misery may so far lose his measure, as to think a minute an hour; or in joy make an hour a minute.-Tatler.
TIME, ITS PROGRESS.-In all actions that a man performs,
some part of his life passes. We die with doing that for which only our sliding life was granted. Nay, though we do nothing, Time keeps his constant pace, and flies as fast in idleness, as in employment; whether we play, or labor, or sleep, or dance, or study, the sun posts on, and the sand runs. An hour of vice is as long as an hour of virtue. But the difference which follows upon good actions, is infinite from that of ill ones. The good, though it diminish our time here, yet it lays up a pleasure for eternity, and will recompense what it takes away, with a plentiful return at last. When we trade with virtue, we do but buy pleasure with expense of time.- Feltham's Resolves.
TIME, ITS PROGRESS.—The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts; or, in other. words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it.—Addison.
TIME, ITS REPORT.—Hours have wings and fly up to the Author of time and carry news of our usage. ers cannot entreat one of them either to return or slacken his pace. The misspents of every minute are a new record against us in heaven. Sure if we thought thus, we would dismiss them with better reports, and not suffer them to fly away empty, or laden with dangerous intelligence. How happy is it when they carry up not only the message but the fruits of good, and stay with the Ancient of Days to speak for us before his glorious throne.—Milton's Prose Writings.
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TIME, ITS VALUE. -As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every minute of time; and as it would be great folly to shoe horses (as Nero did) with gold, so it is to spend time in trifles.-Mason.
TIME, ITS VALUE.—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 divine 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 Lord of the world. -J. Foster.
TIME, ITS VALUE.—As nothing truly valuable can be attained without industry, so there can be no persevering industry without a deep sense of the value of time.—Sigourney. TIME, ITS VALUE.—Remember that time is money.
He that can earn ten shillings a-day by his labor, and goes abroad or sits idle one half of that day, though he spends bu sixpence during his diversion or idleness, ought not to reckon that the only expense; he has really spent, or rather thrown away, five shillings besides.—Franklin..
TIME, ITS VALUE.—An Italian philosopher expresses in his motto, that time was his estate; an estate indeed which will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labors of industry, and generally satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie waste by negligence, to be overrun with noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use. —Rambler.
TIME, LOST. -We too frequently see those who seem men at twenty years of age, when the gaiety of their youth decays, and themselves grow weary of those exercises and vanities which then became them, become boys at thirty; having no supply of parts for business, or grave and sober conversation, they then grow out of love with themselves, and too soon lament those defects and impotency in themselves, which nothing but some degree of learning and acquaintanco
with books could have prevented. And to say that they can fall to it afterwards, and recover the time they have lost when they will, is no more reasonable (though there have been some very rare examples of such industry) than to imagine that a man, after he is forty years of age, may learn to dance as well as if he had begun it sooner. He who loves not books before he comes to thirty years of age, will hardly love them enough afterwards to understand them.-Clarendon.
TIME, LOST.---It were to be wished that all men did believe (which they have all great reason to do) that the consumption and spending of our time will be the great inquisition of the last and terrible day; when there shall be a more strict inquiry how the most dissolute person, the most debauched bankrupt, spent his time, than how he spent his estate; no doubt it will then manifestly appear, that our precious time was not lent us to do nothing with, or to be spent upon that which is worse than nothing; and we shall not be more confounded with anything, than to find that there is a perfect register kept of all that we did in that time; and that when we have scarce remembered the morrow what we did yesterday, there is a diary in which nothing we did is left out, and as much notice taken when we did nothing at all. This will be a sad animadversion when it is too late, and when probably it may appear
he who hath never employed himself, may be in a very little better condition than he who hath been worst employed; when idleness shall be declared to be a species of wickedness, and doing nothing to be the activity of a beast. — Clarendon.
TIME, LOST. -If men would think that a moment lost can never be recalled, that time moves on with unalterable regularity, and, yet, that we have it under our control for the future, I feel assured many would devote their time to some laudable and useful pursuit; and if our capacities did not obtain something useful and pleasing, we should, at least, set
that example to those of superior talents and abilities, which otherwise might have lain dormant for want of stimulation, and deprived the world of all their useful researches and inquiries, which seldom fail to increase the happiness and wellbeing of society, and never to afford us the pleasing and permanent reflection of having spent our time usefully and rationally. TIME, LOST, IN YOUTH.-" Improve your opportunities,” said ,
“ Bonaparte to a school of young men, “every hour lost now, is a chance of future misfortune."
TIME, PASSING ONE'S.—There is no saying shocks me so much as that which I hear very often, “ that a man does not know how to pass his time.” It would have been but illspoken by Methusaleh in the nine hundred and sixty-ninth year of his life.—Cowley. TIME, PRESENT AND FUTURE.—Present time and future
may be considered as rivals; and he who solicits the one, must expect to be discountenanced by the other.-Sir Joshua Reynolds.
TIME, WHAT MAY BE DONE IN.-Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction from the life of man. Cicero has termed them intercessiva tempora, and the ancients were not ignorant of their value; nay, it was not unusual with them either to compose, or to dictate while under the operation of rubbing after the bath. — Colton.
TIME, WHICH IS THE HAPPIEST, OF LIFE. -At a festival party of old and young, the question was asked, “ Which season of life is the most happy?" After being freely discussed by the guests, it was referred for answer to the host, upon whom was the burden of fourscore years. He asked if they had