Insightful Time and Stress Related Quotes

“In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, in its own perfect time.”

-Marc Allen

“The young are always coming up with the good ideas; it’s because they waste time. They follow their passion and do something, not looking for a payoff, just doing what’s interesting.”

-Kevin Kelly

“It’s not the time you put in, but what you put in the time.”

-Burg’s Philosophy

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

-Cesare Pavese

“I arise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

-E B White

“Speed is a powerful drug, seducing us into believing that we have no time to waste.”

-Marilyn Herasymowych

“Our role models are all busy, busy, busy. The media portrays very important people as never having a spare moment. Our society has this belief that if you’re not busy, you’re not interesting.”

-Martin Hayward

“Many people whose lives are not frantic suffer from ‘stress envy’. They’ve accepted a new definition of the good life: It’s not the quality of life, it’s the quantity. Success is measured by how much you can fit in.”

-Martin Hayward

“You become visibly stressed because you are working hard to pay for a standard of living so robust that it overwhelms your capacity to consume it.”

-William Thorsell

“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.”

-Betsy Jacobson

“People overestimate what they can accomplish in the near term and underestimate what they can accomplish in the long term.”

-David House

“Our relationship to time is what it is because we lie to ourselves about what we are and what we can do and we hide from ourselves what we are meant to be and what we are meant to serve.”


“One is constantly sweeping away the leaves that are always falling and never actually setting off on the path that the leaves keep covering. Thus do we squander our time, our lives.”


“It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When everyday is a step in the unknown, as for children, the days are long with gathering of experience.”

-George Gissing

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”

-Charles Buxton

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we’ve wished through life trying to save.”

-Will Rogers

“It takes time to save time.”

-Joe Taylor

“In the last resort, however it is we who must do our own promptings who must make our own choices, and define our own paths. We cannot depend on the ripeness of the time, for the time is never ripe.”

-Hans George Classen

“If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all those picnics?”

-Marie Dressler

“Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.”

-St. Louis Bugle

“Time is a dressmaker, specializing in alterations.”

-Faith Baldwin

“People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.”

-John Wanamaker

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.”

-Stephen Swid

“We try to possess too much, we have too many options that are too complex, and most of all we try to do too much. In the process there is too little time to think, too little energy left to enjoy.”

-Richard Eyre

“You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.”

-Mortimer Adler

“There is no time like the pleasant.”

-George Bergman

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult the calendar.”

-Robert Brault

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.”

-George Carlin

“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning … a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”

-Joseph Campbell

“The trouble with life in the fast lane is that you get to the other end in an awful hurry.”

-John Jensen

“We suffer the stress of infinite opportunity: There are so many things that we could do, and all we see are people who seem to be performing at star quality. It’s very hard not to try to be like them. The problem is, if you get wrapped up in that game, you’ll get eaten alive. You can do anything–but not everything. The universe is full of creative projects that are waiting to be done. So, if you really care about quality of life, if you want to relax, then … control your aspirations. That will simplify things. Learning to set boundaries is incredibly difficult for most people.”

-David Allen

“I have a very full and busy life and occasionally I am asked, Scotty, how can you do all that you do? The most telling reply I can give is: Because I spend at least two hours a day doing nothing.”

-M. Scott Peck

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

-Sir J. Lubbock

“One must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.”

-Henry David Thoreau

“Bad times, hard times – this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.”

-St. Augustine

“Now is the time to give me roses, not to keep them for my grave to come. Give them to me while my heart beats, give them today while my heart yearns for jubilee. Now is the time.”

-Mzwakhe Mbuli

“We collect data, things, people, ideas, profound experiences, never penetrating any of them … But there are other times. There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”

-James Carroll

“My memories are not of time but of times.”

-Harold Taylor

“If you think you need an hour or more to have fun, then you probably will be joy starved much of the time.”

-Ann McGee Cooper

“Those who are caught up in the busy life have neither the time nor quiet to come to understand themselves and their goals. Since the opportunity for inward attention hardly ever comes, many people have not heard from themselves for a long, long time. Those who are always ‘on the run’ never meet anyone any more, not even themselves.”

-Robert Banks

“The faster we go, the slower we need to be.”

-Peter Senge

“You can be the Master of Your Universe or a Poster Child for the Breathless Society. It’s your choice.”

-Dr. Patti Schwab

“One today is worth two tomorrow’s.”

-Benjamin Franklin

“If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.”

-Brian Koslow

“Each moment is a place you’ve never been.”

-Mark Strand

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”

-Douglas Pagels

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”

-John De Paola

“If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.”

-Logan P. Smith

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

-Etty Hillesum

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

-Lorraine Hansberry

“The urgent finds you; you have to find the important. Importance is not fast. It is slow. It is not superficial. It is deep. And as a result, it’s extremely powerful. When important matters go wrong, they undermine everything. When they go right, they sustain everything.”

-Stewart Brand

“I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.”

-Steven Wright

“Speed kills colour… the gyroscope, when turning at full speed, shows up gray.”

-Paul Morand

“How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?”

-Paul Sweeney

“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.”

-Chinese Proverb

“It’s pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.”

-Kin Hubbard

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

-Rabindranath Tagore

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