Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A little time may be enough to hatch a great mischief.

A hundred years hence we shall all be bald.Spanish.

A hundred years is not much, but never is a long while.French.

A thousand years hence the river will run as it did.

All the treasures of the earth would not bring back one lost moment.French.

An hour after twelve is just one whatever you do.German.

As good have no time as make no good use of it.

Better to take time.Latin.

Every scrap of a wise man’s time is worth saving.

Everything has its time.Portuguese.

Everything has its time and that time must be watched.

He is behind the times; i.e., old fashioned.

He that has most time has none to lose.

He that hath time and looketh for more, loseth time.

He who gains time gains everything.Benjamin Disraeli.

Hour by hour time departs.Italian.

I have lost a day. (Perdidi diem.)Titus.

If the time don’t suit you, suit yourself to the time.Turkish.

If time be of all things most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.Franklin.

In less than a thousand years we shall all be bald.Spanish.

In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke.Shakespeare.

It is all one a hundred years hence.

It is good to be in good time, you know not how long it will last.

It is time enough to set when the oven comes to the dough.

It is time enough to take off your hat when you see the man.Danish.

“I’ve lost a day!” the prince who nobly cried,
Had been an emperor without his crown.Young.

It will be all the same an hundred years hence.

Lost time never returns.German.

Lost time and opportunities can never be recovered.

Lost time is never found again, and what we call time enough always proves little enough.Franklin.

Man cannot buy time.German.

Nae man can tether time or tide.Burns.

Once in every ten years every man needs his neighbor.

Once in ten years one man hath need of another.

Other times, other counsels.Portuguese.

Other times, other folks.Danish.

Other times, other manners.French.

Our time runs on like a stream; first fall the leaves and then the tree.Dutch.

Suit yourself to the times.German.

Take time by the forelock.

Take time for deliberation, haste spoils everything.Statius.

Take time to be quick.

Take time when time is, for time will away.

The best preacher is time.German.

The complaint of the present times is the general complaint of all times.

The crutch of time does more than the club of Hercules.

“The good old times,” all times when old are good.Byron.

The good time comes but once.Italian.

The greatest expense we can be at is that of our time.

The heavens are just, and time suppresseth wrong.Shakespeare.

The past is for wisdom, the present for action, but for joy the future.Benjamin Disraeli.

The time of life is short,
To spend that shortness basely ’twere too long.Shakespeare.

The time of the prince is the property of the people.Gibbon.

The time to come is no more ours than the time past.

There is a time for all things.

There is a time to fish and a time to dry nets.Chinese.

There is a time to jest and a time when jests are unreasonable.Don Quixote.

There is no appeal from time past.Italian.

There is no better counsellor than time.Greek.

There is no hand to catch time.Bengalese.

There is nothing more precious than time and nothing more prodigally wasted.

There’s naething more precious nor time.

They that make the best use of their time have none to spare.

Time and opportunity are no man’s slave.German.

Time and the hour are not to be tied with a rope.

Time and the hour run through the roughest (or longest) day.

Time and tide for no man bide.

Time and tide wait for no man.

Time and words can never be recalled.

Time at last sets all things even.Byron.

Time brings everything to those who can wait for it.German.

Time brings roses.German, Dutch.

Time covers and discovers everything.German.

Time discovers truth.Seneca.

Time dresses the greatest wounds.German.

Time devours all things.

Time does not bow to you, you must bow to time.Russian.

Time enough is little enough.

Time fleeth away without delay.

Time flies on restless pinions, constant never,
Be constant and thou chainest time forever.Schiller.

Time gained, much gained.Dutch.

Time heals all things.

Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.

Time is anger’s medicine.German.

Time is an inaudible file.Italian.

Time is an unpaid advocate.German.

Time is a true friend to sorrow.Wordsworth.

Time is generally the best doctor.Ovid.

Time is God’s and ours.Dutch.

Time is money.Dutch, Turkish.

Time is not tied to a post like a horse to a manger.Danish.

Time is precious but truth is more precious than time.Benjamin Disraeli.

Time is the best counsellor (or preacher).German.

Time is the greatest innovator.Bacon.

Time is the herald of truth.Cicero.

Time is the rider that breaks youth.

Time makes hay.German.

Time misspent is not lived but lost.Fuller.

Time, motion, and wine cause sleep.Ovid.

Time moves slowly to him whose employment is to watch its flight.Dr. Johnson.

Time passes like the wind.Portuguese.

Time past never returns, a moment lost, lost forever.Dr. Johnson.

Time reveals all things.

Time rolls his ceaseless course.Scott.

Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides;
Who cover faults at last shame them derides.Shakespeare.

Time stays not at the fool’s leisure.

Time stoops to no man’s lure.Swinburne.

Time subdues all things.Arabian Nights.

Time tint is ne’er to be found.

Time tries a’.

Time which obliterates the fictions of opinions confirms the decisions of nature.Cicero.

Time works wonders.German.

’Tis time, conversation and business that discover what a man is.

’Tis time to yoke when the cart comes to the oxen.

To him that does everything in its proper time one day is worth three.

To save time is to lengthen life.

We are all the balls of time, tossed to and fro, from the plough unto the throne and back again.Massinger.

We take no note of time but from its loss.Young.

What greater crime than loss of time.

What reason and endeavor cannot bring about time often will.

Who has no time yet waits for time, comes to a time of repentance.Spanish.