Time travel quotes

I think it’s worth taking the time to talk about time! This page contains a list of quotes I’ve come across related to both time and time travel. Enjoy, re-use and paraphrase (if you must!)


“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein.

“Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.” Jim Bishop.

“When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It’s like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?” – Bill Nye.

“Time is precious – spend it wisely”. Anonymous.

“Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.” Charles Caleb Colton.

“The bottom line is that time travel is allowed by the laws of physics.” – Brian Greene.

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Peter Drucker

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althsuler

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” – Oscar Wilde

“Choices create circumstances; decisions determine your future” – John Croyle

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – L. P. Hartley.

“Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all it’s sons away; they fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.” – Isaac Watts.

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke.

“Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so.” – Ford Prefect (The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Series, Douglas Adams.)

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein.

Remember that whilst watches may be nice, the function of second hands is to slice a huge chuck of will-be-was, into thin rashers of was.

For though it feels that ever upward we climb:
Memory is the bacon sandwich of time.
Bread of mind, rasher of was,
pressed together just because.

– Wyrd/Yuanwang (The Paradox War, CJ Moseley)

“Time is the only thief we can’t get justice against.” – Astrid Alauda.


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