III. Change

~ A Dance to the Music of Time by Nicolas Poussin

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All things flow, nothing abides.[1]

Everything changes or is in a state of flux.[2]

Everything is becoming, nothing is.[3]

Everything passes; everything wears out; everything breaks.[4]

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Time is, time was, and time is past.

When we think this present as going to be, it exists not yet;

And when we think it as existing, it is already past.[5]

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

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The butterfly counts not months but moments,

And has time enough.[6]

The passing minute is every man’s equal possession

but what has once gone by is not ours.[7]

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There is a time and place for everything.[8]

Everything is good in its season.

Take time when time comes, lest time steal away.

This morning knows not this evening’s happenings.[9]

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It is not the strongest species who survive, not the most intelligent,

But those who are the most adaptive to change.[10]

To exist is to change, to change is to mature,

To mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.[11]

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There is nothing new under the sun.[12]

The more things change, the more things stay the same.[13]

There is nothing permanent except change.[14]

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.[15]

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Time devours all things.[16]

Time tries all things.

Every cause an effect,

Each action a reaction.

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Time will tell.

Time tries truth.

Truth is time’s daughter.

Time is the father of truth.

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Time cures all things.

Time is a great healer.

Time tames the strongest grief.

Time works wonders.

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Time is money.

An inch of gold will not,

buy an inch of time.

He that has time has life.

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What greater crime than loss of time?

Time lost cannot be recalled.

Now is now, and then is then.

It is too late to call back yesterday.

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The clock is running. Make the most of today.

Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.

That’s why it is called the present.


[1] Attributed to Heraclitus.

[2] Attributed to Heraclitus.

[3] Attributed to Plato.

[4] French proverb.

[5] Attributed to Henri Bergson.

[6] Attributed to Rabindranath Tagore.

[7] Attributed to Marcus Aurelius.

[8] A quotation from Ecclesiastes.

[9] Chinese proverb.

[10] Attributed to Charles Darwin.

[11] Attributed to Henri Bergson.

[12] A quotation from Ecclesiastes.

[13] Attributed to Alphonse Karr.

[14] Attributed to Heraclitus.

[15] Attributed to Marcus Aurelius.

[16] Attributed to Ovid.

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