PROSPERO: What sees thou else in the dark backward and abyss of time? --Shakespeare, The Tempest
He has dreamed many dreams about
a time to tear and a time to mend
The Hubble Telescope's deepest-ever view of the universe unveils myriad galaxies back to the beginning of time.
-- NASA press release
a time to kill and a time to heal
...Never blame this moment for what might have been. What might have been is always at hand a crucial second before passing, in reach long enough to change the course.
--George Evans, The Comet
a time to weep and a time to laugh
45.24 And they say: There is nothing but our life in this world; we live and die and nothing destroys us but time, and they have no knowledge of that; they only conjecture.
a time to mourn and a time to dance
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
They saw the future as something that came upon them from behind their backs with the past receding away before their eyes. --Robert Pirsig, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
a time to be silent and a time to speak
Diego used to be a guard at the Museum of Modern Art. He was on the night shift. His job was to go around the museum and tell people to leave. Or, as he put it, ``Snap them out of their art trances." People who'd been standing in front of one thing for hours, he would jump in front of them and snap his fingers, and he'd say, ``Time to go. Time to go. Time to go..."
--Laurie Anderson, Time to Go
a time to search and a time to give up
Quick now here, now, always --
Ridiculous the waste sad time?
Stretching before and after.
--T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets