Take a few moments to consider these quotes


March 26, 1995|By Susan Hipsley | Susan Hipsley,Special to The Sun

Here are a few provocative quotes about time.

* "The entire work life of industrial societies is saturated with temporal discrimination. Unskilled and semiskilled jobs require little past knowledge and even less predictive or planning skills. Professional jobs require both. Lacking the temporal skills that might allow advancement up the employment ladder, . . . the laborer remains stuck in a present-oriented temporal ghetto, unable to reach out and claim some measure of control over the future."

-- From "Time Wars,"

by Jeremy Rifkin

* "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

-- Muhammad Ali, as quoted

) in Playboy, November 1975

* "I have always felt that the moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the 24 hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that . . . absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not one jot. The possibility is always there."

) -- Monica Baldwin, author

* "Middle age is when you're faced with two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home by 9 o'clock."

-- Ronald Reagan,

$ on his 66th birthday

* "History is a vast early warning system."

-- Norman Cousins,

! editor and author

* "It's life, isn't it? You plow ahead and make a hit. And you plow on and someone passes you. Then someone passes them. Time levels."

-! -- Katharine Hepburn, actress

* "It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves."

* -- Thornton Wilder, author

* "The establishment and preservation of identity are, for most adults, less a process of discovery and assertion than a kind of recollection -- if the word 'recollection' be taken in its literal sense. We laze at the breakfast table on long Saturday mornings, in the weekend haven from concerns which are at once narrow and dissipating; and slowly in the peace and quiet our individual characteristics regroup and reintegrate into coherent selves, friendships, marriages. These are important periods, as necessary to the total self as sleep is to the mind and body; they should be observed respectfully if not reverently. To be deprived of such free time is to be exiled from the self. . . .

"No artistic necessity -- not technique, elegance, genius itself -- is more basic or inalienable than regular and expansive time. . . . To sit down at your desk in the morning and know that you are taking up the work of a thousand mornings, to write knowing that tomorrow's work can redeem any imperfection in today's -- these realizations produce cheer and confidence in and of themselves. Similarly, when we allow ourselves not just one or two hours, but several for productive activity, we show patience and mercy to our own minds, and they bring forth good things even on bad days."

-- From "Time and the Art

, of Living," by Robert Grudin


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