III. Change

~ A Dance to the Music of Time by Nicolas Poussin


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]


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.


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]


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]


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]


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]


Time devours all things.[16]

Time tries all things.

Every cause an effect,

Each action a reaction.


Time will tell.

Time tries truth.

Truth is time’s daughter.

Time is the father of truth.


Time cures all things.

Time is a great healer.

Time tames the strongest grief.

Time works wonders.


Time is money.

An inch of gold will not,

buy an inch of time.

He that has time has life.


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.


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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