120 Best Time management quotes by famous personalities

time management quotes by famous personalities

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In this post, I have listed down some of the best quotes on time management said by famous people. You will get so many useful insights from these quotes.

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For this post, I have collected time quotes by famous leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, scientists, motivational speakers, philosophers, and social workers. You will get to know so much about how to manage time productively through these quotes on time.

Charles Darwin

“Intelligence is based on how efficient a species became at doing the things they need to survive.”

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

“We are always slow in admitting any great change of which we do not see the intermediate steps.”

“It is necessary to look forward to a harvest, however distant that may be, when some fruit will be reaped, some good effected.”

“The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.”

Albert Einstein

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”

“Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.”

Marie Curie

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.”

“The older one gets, the more one feels that the present moment must be enjoyed, comparable to a state of grace.”

“Decide. Have fun and get started! The world is waiting for you to reveal your gift!”

“It is important to make a dream of life and of a dream reality.”

Tony Robbins

“If you want to make it big, you’ve got to push yourself beyond your limits. You’ve got to pump yourself up and get yourself into a hyper mental state.”

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”

“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”

“Leaders spend five percent of their time on the problem and 90 percent of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!”

“People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they are doing something differently than everyone else.”

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Peter Drucker

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

“If you want to improve how you manage time – stop doing what doesn’t need to be done!”

“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”

“Which of the activities on my time log could be done by somebody else just as well, if not better?”

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Benjamin Franklin

“Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”

“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.”

“Lost Time is never found again.”

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”

“Tomorrow, every Fault is to be amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.”

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Jeff Bezos

“People who are right most of the time are people who change their minds often.”

“In the end, we are our choices.”

“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

“We are comfortable planting seeds and waiting for them to grow into trees.”

“Where you are going to spend your time and your energy is one of the most important decisions you get to make in life.”

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Abraham Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

“Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.”

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

Mark Twain

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do day after tomorrow just as well.”

“Never try to teach a pig to sing, you waste your time, and you annoy the pig.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.”

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Stephen Hawking

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”

“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”

“Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.”

“Only time(whatever that may be) will tell.”

“There should be no boundary to human endeavor.”

Elon Musk

“If you give yourself 30 days to clean your home, it will take you 30 days. But if you give yourself 3 hours, it will take 3 hours.”

“There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”

“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”

“I’ve actually not read any books on time management.”

“I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

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Warren Buffett

“Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.”

“Money has no utility to me, but time does.”

“I bought my first stock when I was 11 and then I experimented with a whole bunch of things like timing of stocks.”

“No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time.”

“I can buy anything I want, basically but I can’t buy time.”

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“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.”

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

“95% of everything you do is the result of habit.”

“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?”

“There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that?”

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.”

“The only thing that can spoil a day is people and if you can keep from making engagements, every day has no limits.”

Maya Angelou

“Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence neither speed up nor slow down add to nor diminish it is an imponderably valuable gift.”

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”

“If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”

George Washington

“When there is no vision, there is no hope.”

“Act to the best of your judgment and nothing less.”

“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”

“Do not suffer your good nature to say yes when you ought to say no.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”

“It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”

“Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”

“Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.”

“Delay is preferable to error.”

John C Maxwell

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”

“If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.”

“Each day is an unrepeatable miracle. Today will never happen again, so we must make it count.”

“Every time we choose action over ease we develop an increasing level of self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.”

“The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”

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Barack Obama

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

“Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up”

“Have you ever noticed that if there’s a hard way and an easy way, you choose the hard way every time? Why do you think that is?”

“You have the ability and gifts to do whatever you want”. It is your turn now to change the world. Yes we can!”

“Over time I’ve trained myself to take the long view, about how important it is to stay focused on your goals rather than getting hung up on the daily ups and downs.”

Randy Pausch

“I want to maximize use of time, but really that’s the means not the end.”

“People waste their time, and it just always fascinates me.”

“One of the time management cliches is failing to plan is planning to fail.”

“Doing things at the last minute, is really expensive. And it’s just more expensive than doing it just before the last minute.”

“Time is the commodity, you better find out where your time is going.”

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Stephen Covey

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

“There are three constants in life – change, choice and principles.”

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

“Until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday”, that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise”.”

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non apologetically, to say “no” to other things.”

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Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“The greatest thing is when you do put your heart and soul into something over an extended period of time, and it is worth it.”

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

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Zig Ziglar

“Lack of time is not the problem, lack of direction is the problem.”

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

“Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.”

“Our daily objectives should include an honest effort to improve on yesterday.”

“If you don’t plan your time, someone else will help you waste it.”

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Bill Gates

“Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily.”

“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one.”

“I am not in competition with anyone but myself. My goal is to improve myself continuously.”

“Look At The Clock When You Are Sitting idle. But Never Look At The Clock When You Are Working.”

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you. Find yourself.”

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