Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quotes relating to Time

A few quotes relating to time from the assorted books that I have been reading of late.

[From Rolf Potts' Vagabonding on being time-poor]
John Muir called these folks “time-poor”—people who were so obsessed with tending their material wealth and social standing that they couldn’t spare the time to truly experience the splendor of California’s Sierra wilderness.

[Harvard Professor Juliet Schor’s essay The Overworked American]
Employers ask for long hours. The pay creates a high level of consumption. People buy houses and go into debt; luxuries become necessities; Smiths keep up with Joneses. Each year, "progress," in the form of annual productivity increases, is doled out by employers as extra income rather than as time off. Work-and-spend has become a powerful dynamic keeping us from a more relaxed and leisured way of life…

The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do. – Leontyne Price


Chris said...

Reminds me of a Bob Dylan quote:
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”

Ram said...

Thanks, Chris. Very apt.