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Time Management

1. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) British author. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)


2. The number of operations performed in a given time may frequently be counted when the workman is quite unconscious that any person is observing him.

Charles Babbage (1792-1871) British mathematician and inventor. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufacture (1832)


3. I’ve never seen a job being done by a five-hundred person engineering team that couldn’t be done better by fifty people.

  1. Gordon Bell (b. 1934) U.S. inventor and computer pioneer. Spectrum (February 1989)


4. Worthwhile success is impossible in a forty hour week.

Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) U.S. businessman and founder of Birdseye. American Magazine (February 1951)


5. The key is not in spending time, but using it.

Arthur Bryan (b. 1923) British chairman of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. First Things First (1994)


6. The best way to fill time is to waste it.

Marguerite Duras (1914-96) French novelist and screenwriter. Practicalities (1987)


7. It’s not the hours you put in your work that count, it’s work you put in the hours.

Sam Ewing (1920-2001) U.S. author. Quoted in Reader’s Digest (September 2000)


8. We are speeding up our lives and working harder in a futile attempt to buy the time to slow down and enjoy it.

Paul Hawken (b. 1946?) U.S. entrepreneur and business author. The Ecology of Commerce (1993)


9. Do not wait; the time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) U.S. motivational author. Think and Grow Rich (1937)


10. City people try to buy time…whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind’s eye the notion of a better life ahead.

Edward Hoagland (b. 1932) U.S. novelist, essayist, and naturalist, “The Ridge-Slope Fox and the Knife-Thrower,” Harper’s Magazine (January 1977)


11. In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.

Laozi (570?-490? B.C.)Chinese philosopher, reputed founder of Daoism.Daode Jing, VIII


12. He who would make serious use of his life must always act as though he had a long time to live and must schedule his time as though he were about to die.

Emile Littre (1801-81) French philosopher and lexicographer.Dictionnaire de la Langue Francaise (1863-73)


13. The clock not the steam engine is the key machine of the modern industrial age.

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) U.S. social thinker and writer. Technics and Civilization (1934)