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                        Eternity, Past and Present

                               1. Essence

    5069     Our time is a very shadow that passeth away.                

                                           Wisdom of Solomon (c. B.C. 200)

    5070     Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong       
             is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight       
             than it is swept by and another takes its place, and        
             this too will be swept away.                                

                                            Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.)

    5071     Time has only a relative existence.                         

                                                       Carlyle (1795-1881)

    5072     Time is only an illusion produced by the succession of our  
             states of consciousness as we travel through eternal        
             duration, and it does not exist where no consciousness      
             exists in which the illusion can be produced; but "lies     

                                               H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

    5073     Time destroys the speculations of man,                      
             but it confirms the judgment of nature.                     

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

                             2. Opposites

    5074     Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover  
             up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.             

                                                        Horace (B.C. 65-8)

    5075     A man that is young in years may be old in hours,           
             if he has lost no time.                                     

                                                         Bacon (1561-1626)

    5076     What a day may bring, a day may take away.                  

                                                 Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

    5077     Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,                 
             But an eternal Now does always last.                        

                                                Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

    5078     The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the      
             widow's veil, the future the virgin's.                      

                                                       Richter (1763-1825)

    5079     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 the lightning, at once exists and expires.

                                                        Colton (1780-1832)

    5080     Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the 
             stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counsellor of the
             wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they      
             desire to the other....He that has made it his friend will  
             have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made  
             it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.     

                                                        Colton (1780-1832)

    5081     The future influences the present just as much as the past. 

                                                     Nietzsche (1844-1900)

    5082     We do not know what to do with this short life,             
             yet we want another which will be eternal.                  

                                                Anatole France (1844-1924)

    5083     The present contains nothing more than the past,            
             and what is found in the effect is already in the cause.    

                                           Henri Louis Bergson (1859-1941)

    5084     The farther backward you can look,                          
             the farther forward you are likely to see.                  

                                             Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

    5085     When you sit with a nice girl for two hours,                
               you think it's only a minute.                             
             But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute,               
               you think it's two hours.                                 
             That's relativity.                                          

                                                      Einstein (1879-1955)

                               3. Insight

    5086     This instant is thine; the next is in the womb of futurity, 
             and thou knowest not what it may bring forth;               
             maturity of the unborn is in the keeping of the Law.        
             Each future state is that thou has created in the present.  

                                                 Akhenaton? (c. B.C. 1375)

    5087     A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when     
             it is past, and as a watch in the night.                    

                                                  Psalms (B.C. 1000?-300?)

    5088     There is a bridge between Time and Eternity; and this       
             bridge is the Spirit of man.  Neither day nor night cross   
             that bridge, nor old age, nor death nor sorrow.             

                                                  Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)

    5089     The velocity with which time flies is infinite,             
             as is most apparent to those who look back.                 

                                                   Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

    5090     In comparison with heaven and earth, man is like a mayfly.  
             But compared to the great Way, heaven and earth, too, are   
             like a bubble and a shadow.  Only the primal spirit and the 
             true nature overcome time and space.                        

                                                     Lu Yen (fl. 800 A.D.)

    5091     Whether time is long or short, and whether space is broad   
             or narrow, depend upon the mind.  Those whose minds are at  
             leisure can feel one day as a millennium, and those         
             whose thoughts are expansive can perceive a small house     
             to be as spacious as the universe.                          

                                               Hung Tzu-ch'eng (1593-1665)

    5092     The only true time which a man can properly call his own,   
               is that which he has all to himself;                      
             the rest, though in some sense he may be said to live it,   
               is other people's time, not his.                          

                                                  Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

    5093     Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else,               
             is powerless against truth.                                 

                                                 Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

    5094     The present is only a mathematical line which divides       
             that part of eternal duration which we call the future,     
             from that which we call the past.                           

                                               H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

    5095     Eternity is the infinite existence of every moment of time. 
             If we conceive time as a line, then this line will be       
             crossed at every point by the lines of eternity.            
             Every point of the line of time will be a line in eternity. 
             The line of time will be a plane of eternity.               
             Eternity has one dimension more than time.                  

                                                     Gurdjieff (1873-1949)

    5096     Time has no divisions to mark its passing.                  
             There is never a thunderstorm to announce                   
             the beginning of a new month or year.                       

                                                   Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

    5097     The wheels of time are mysterious.  Time is a concept of    
             mind.  Without mind, there is no concept of time.           
             Annihilate the mind.  You will go beyond time.  You will    
             enter the realm of Timeless.  You will live in the Eternal. 

                                                     Sivananda (born 1887)

    5098     The future comes one day at a time.                         

                                                  Dean Acheson (1893-1971)

    5099     In the city, time becomes visible.                          

                                                 Lewis Mumford (born 1895)

                               4. Positive

    5100     Time is the wisest counsellor.                              

                                                   Pericles (B.C. 495-429)

    5101     Time discovers truth.                                       

                                                   Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

    5102     Time is the sovereign physician of our passions.            

                                                     Montaigne (1533-1592)

    5103     Time is the greatest of innovators.                         

                                                         Bacon (1561-1626)

    5104     One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.      

                                                        Goethe (1749-1832)

    5105     The beautifier of the dead,                                 
             Adorner of the ruin, comforter                              
             And the only healer when the heart hath bled.               

                                                         Byron (1788-1824)

    5106     Here is a day now before me;                                
             a day is a fortune and an estate;                           
             who loses a day loses life.                                 

                                                       Emerson (1803-1882)

                              5. Negative

    5107     Neither will the wave which has passed be called back;      
             nor can the hour which has gone by return.                  

                                                    Ovid (B.C. 43-18 A.D.)

    5108     Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours,             
             Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow.                   

                                                Samuel Daniel (1562?-1619)

    5109     What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away          
             life at once, and yet have no regard of throwing it away    
             by parcels and piecemeal.                                   

                                                     John Howe (1630-1705)

    5110     We take no note of time but from its loss.                  

                                                         Young (1683-1765)

    5111     Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prusic acid, strychnine, 
             are weak dilutions:  the surest poison is time.             

                                                       Emerson (1803-1882)

    5112     In time there is no present,                                
             In eternity no future,                                      
             In eternity no past.                                        

                                               Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

    5113     If you lose an hour in the morning, you have to hunt for it 
             the rest of the day.                                        

                                                           Chinese Proverb

                               6. Advice

    5114     Do not dwell in the past.  Do not dream of the future.      
             Concentrate the mind on the present moment.                 

                                                     Buddha (B.C. 568-488)

    5115     Leave the past behind;                                      
             leave the future behind;                                    
             leave the present behind.                                   
             Thou are then ready to go to the other shore.               
             Never more shalt thou return to a life that ends in death.  

                                              The Dhammapada (c. B.C. 300)

    5116     Make use of time, let not advantage slip;                   
             Beauty within itself should not be wasted:                  
             Fair flowers that are not gather'd in their prime           
             Rot and consume themselves in little time.                  

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    5117     Enjoy the present smiling hour.                             
             And put it out of Fortune's power.                          

                                                        Dryden (1631-1700)

    5118     If you want the present to be different from the past,      
             study the past.                                             

                                                       Spinoza (1632-1677)

    5119     Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy       
             every moment of it.  No idleness, no laziness, no           
             procrastination:  never put off till to-morrow what you     
             can do to-day.                                              

                                                  Chesterfield (1694-1773)

    5120     Dost thou love life?                                        
             then do not squander time,                                  
             for that is the stuff life is made of.                      

                                                      Franklin (1706-1790)

    5121     Devote each day to the object then in time                  
             and every evening will find something done.                 

                                                        Goethe (1749-1832)

    5122     Since time is not a person we can overtake when he is past, 
             let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while 
             he is passing.                                              

                                                        Goethe (1749-1832)

    5123     Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time,
             which every day produces, and which most men throw away,    
             but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small  
             deduction from the life of a man.                           

                                                        Colton (1780-1832)

    5124     Write it on your heart that every day is the best day       
             in the year.  No man has learned anything rightly, until    
             he knows that every day is Doomsday.                        

                                                       Emerson (1803-1882)

    5125     Make good of every minute that is at thy disposal.  Time is 
             a rat that slowly cuts the thread of life.  It may break at 
             any moment.  Believe not that you will be living to enjoy   
             the objects of life.  Death may lay his icy hands on this   
             body and may shatter it at any time.                        

                                                     Sivananda (born 1887)

                              7. Potpourri

    5126     Where Mind and each believing mind are not divided,         
             And undivided are each believing mind and Mind,             
             This is where words fail;                                   
             For it is not for the past, present, and future.            

                                                Seng-T'San (540?-606 A.D.)

    5127     Ah, fill the Cup: - what boots it to repeat                 
             How Time is slipping underneath our Feet:                   
               Unborn To-morrow, and dead Yesterday,                     
             Why fret about them if To-day be sweet!                     

                                                   Omar Khayyam (fl. 1100)

    5128     From the beginning of Time, through eternities,             
              I was among His hidden treasures.                          
             From Nothing He called me forth, but at the End of Time     
              I shall be recalled by the King.                           

                                                      Nahmanides (c. 1300)

    5129     All my possessions for a moment of time.                    

                                                   Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

    5130     I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.                  

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    5131     Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,           
             So do our minutes hasten to their end.                      

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    5132     Time is the king of men;                                    
             he is both their parent,                                    
             and he is their grave,                                      
             and gives them what he will,                                
             not what they crave.                                        

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    5133     Enjoy the present hour,                                     
             Be thankful for the past,                                   
             And neither fear nor wish                                   
             Th' approaches of the last.                                 

                                                Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

    5134     Ever eating, never cloying,                                 
             All-devouring, all-destroying,                              
             Never finding full repast,                                  
             Till I eat the world at last.                               

                                                         Swift (1667-1745)

    5135     Tomorrow is a satire on today,                              
             And shows its weakness.                                     

                                                         Young (1683-1765)

    5136     Time is a continual over-dropping of moments,               
             which fall down one upon the other and evaporate.           

                                                       Richter (1763-1825)

    5137     Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset,      
             two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.      
             No reward is offered, for they are gone forever!            

                                               Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865)

    5138     Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow             
             claspest the limits of mortality.                           

                                                       Shelley (1792-1822)

    5139     So here hath been dawning another blue day:                 
               Think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?                
             Out of eternity this new day is born;                       
               Into eternity at night 'twill return.                     

                                                       Carlyle (1795-1881)

    5140     Time is but the stream I go a fishing in.                   

                                                       Thoreau (1817-1862)

    5141     Enjoy the spring of love and youth,                         
               To some good angel leave the rest;                        
             For time will teach thee soon the truth,                    
               There are no birds in last year's nest.                   

                                                    Longfellow (1819-1892)

    5142     That is the land of lost content,                           
             I see it shining plain,                                     
             The happy highways where I went                             
             And cannot come again.                                      

                                                 A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

    5143     You wake up in the morning, and lo!  your purse is magically
             filled with twenty-four hours of the magic tissue of the    
             universe of your life.  No one can take it from you.  No one
             receives either more or less than you receive.  Waste your  
             infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the  
             supply will never be withheld from you.  Moreover, you      
             cannot draw on the future.  Impossible to get into debt.    
             You can only waste the passing moment.  You cannot waste    
             tomorrow.  It is kept for you.                              

                                                Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

    5144     Time is breath - try to understand this.                    

                                                     Gurdjieff (1873-1949)

    5145     The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate  
             of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  

                                                   C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

    5146     Hours are Time's shafts,                                    
             and one comes winged with death.                            

                                                      Scottish Clock Motto

    5147     The winds and the waves are always on the side of the       
             ablest navigators.                                          

                                                        Gibbon (1737-1794)


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