It’s Time

Latley I’ve been thinking about time,

That acrobat,

That master thief.

That geezer,

That newborn.


Usain Bolt-er,



And so it was funny to catch up with one of my favorite blogs, the editor Cheryl Klein, and discover her recent post full of quotes by writers on that very subject. How we use time or it uses us,  how it figures in fiction,  our conception of it and counfoundment (is that a word?) by it. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • “The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” — Junot Diaz 
  • “The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.” — Flannery O’Connor  
  • “I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult.” — E. B. White
  • “All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time. And we go back to those moments and think, This is when I became myself.” — Rita Dove
  • “To achieve great things, two things are needed:  a plan and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein