The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom Quotes

“You grab a moment or you let it pass.”

“Ends are for yesterdays, not tomorrows.”

“A heart weighs more when it splits in two.”

“Common sense would have told Sarah to steer clear of Ethan’s waters. But common sense has no place in first love and never has.”

“Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? It ended when I lost your love. It ended when you said good-bye.”

“I lived, but I was not alive.”

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deers do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”

“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.”

“Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.”

“When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

“I made such a fool of myself,” she lamented.
“Love does not make you a fool.”
“He didn’t love me back.”
“That does not make you a fool, either.”
“Just tell me …” Her voice cracked. “When does it stop hurting?”
“Sometimes never.”

“As mankind grew obsessed with its hours, the sorrow of lost time became a permanent hole in the human heart. People fretted over missed chances, over inefficient days; they worried constantly about how long they would live, because counting life’s moments had led, inevitably, to counting them down. Soon, in every nation and in every language, time became the most precious commodity.”

“But hurting ourselves to inflict pain on others is just another cry to be loved.”

“He cried that night for all that he had lost, but he would say it taught him a valuable lesson: that holding on to things will only break your heart.”

“She felt worthless and hollow. There was no hope of fixing this. And when hope is gone, time is punishment.”

“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time. When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

“Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”

“What you have done to this point cannot be undone. What you do next… It is still unwritten.”

“You marked the minutes,” the old man said. “But did you use them wisely? To be still? To cherish? To be grateful? To lift and be lifted?”

“Don’t get too attached to anything.”

“She had been so consumed with escaping her own misery, she hadn’t considered the misery she might inflict.”

“He explained how once we began to chime the hour, we lost the ability to be satisfied. There was always a quest for more minutes, more hours, faster progress to accomplish more in each day. The simple joy of living between sunrises was gone.”

“I lived,” Dor said, “but I was not alive.”

“We do not realize the sound the world makes-unless of course, it comes to a stop. Then, when it starts, it sounds like an orchestra. Breaking waves. Whipping wind. Falling rain. Squawking birds. All throughout the universe, time resumed and nature sang.”


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