—MADELEINE L’ENGLE, An Acceptable Time
Three in the morning, the soul’s midnight.
—RAY BRADBURY, From the Dust Returned
The By-Laws of Time
Never Do Yesterday What Should Be Done Tomorrow.
If At Last You Do Succeed, Never Try Again.
A Stitch In Time Saves Nine Billion.
A Paradox May Be Paradoctored.
It Is Earlier When You Think.
Ancestors Are Just People.
Even Jove Nods.
—ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, “All You Zombies—”
“Do not look so sad. We shall meet soon again.”
“Please, Aslan,” said Lucy, “what do you call soon?”
“I call all times soon,” said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away.
—C. S. LEWIS, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
For the future to touch the past can be dangerous. It could cause a paradox.
—MADELEINE L’ENGLE, Many Waters
Time rushes through us as we rush through time.
—RICHARD GRANT, “Drode’s Equations”
If there’s something you want to do, somewhere you want to go, then you’d better start the doing and the going. You’d better start using the time that’s left in you, because you can’t stop it from running out. You can stop water from running out of a tub by putting the plug back in, but there isn’t any plug that can stop time from running out of you.
—FREDRIC BROWN, The Lights in the Sky are Stars
To those who live in time, sequency is the norm.
—URSULA K. LE GUIN, “The Shobies’ Story”
Darkness swallows time.
—MICHAEL BISHOP, “A Gift from the Gray Landers”