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April 24, 2013

Time is all we have

Ada —

"This thing all things devours:

Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;

Gnaws iron, bites steel;

Grinds hard stones to meal;

Slays king, ruins town,

And beats high mountain down."

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Riddles in the Dark

 

"Time rules over us without mercy. Not caring if we’re healthy or ill. Hungry or drunk. Russian, American, beings from Mars. It’s like a fire, it could either destroy us or it could keep us warm. That’s why every FedEx office has a clock, because we live or we die by the clock. We never turn our back on it and we never ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time."

— Castaway

Time.  It’s the only thing we have. You don’t believe me?  Let me explain.

I don’t care how much money you have, if you don’t have the time to spend it, then you might as well be broke. If, by way of contrast, you save your pennies, little by little over time you will have money.

The time turns into money.  Making money takes time; spending money takes time.  Time is money.

I heard that somewhere before.

Intelligence is time.  Regardless of how smart you are, if you don’t take the time to use your brain, then you might as well be a donkey.

Time is energy.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m moving out of my old office in Yates Hall one bag of books at a time.  I’m ever so close to being done and I’ve never broken a sweat because I’ve  saved my energy by spreading the task over time.

Time can turn a friend into a lover; a lover into a spouse; a twinkle into a baby; a baby into a woman; a woman into a friend.

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