C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • I am declined
  • Into the vale of years.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Years following years, steal something every day;
  • At last they steal us from ourselves away.
  • Pope.

  • Years have not seen, Time shall not see,
  • The hour that tears my soul from thee.
  • Byron.

    Winged time glides on insensibly, and deceive us; and there is nothing more fleeting than years.


  • Years steal
  • Fire from the mind, as vigour from the limb;
  • And life’s enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.
  • Byron.

  • Jumping o’er times,
  • Turning the accomplishment of many years
  • Into an hourglass.
  • Shakespeare.