Time: Definitions, Philosophies & Quotes

I’ve been doing a little googling about time, it’s enough to make your head spin!  So many varying definitions (and so many articles talking about them) for such a tiny word – and now I wonder how much time did it take to try and explain time?
I’ve chosen to go with the definition shown below (and no, not because it came up at the top of the search – oh, ok, maybe I was trying to save some time by picking it, but then I had to go and look at the others, so in actual fact I didn’t save any time, and really you can’t save time anyway (I wrote about that in another post) as it ticks on by whether you use it or not – Time doesn’t care!).



noun: time; plural noun: times
the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

Next I had a little peek at the Philosopy of Time – but I just didn’t have the time to read about Time!  I liked the following little bit of wordiness though.


Eternalism is a philosophical approach to the ontological nature of time, which takes the view that all points in time are equally real, as opposed to the presentist idea that only the present is real, and the growing block universe theory of time in which past and present are real while the future is not.

Eternalism (philosophy of time) – Wikipedia

Gee, so now I get to choose between Eternalism, Presentist or Block Universe – but does that actually matter, because as far as I can see Time is still going to pass the same as it always has done, regardless of what definitions or philosophical tags we try to attach to it.

By now I was feeling a little depressed, so I wanted to spend some time in positive reinforcement, and the internet is loaded with a plethora of quotes about time, amongst which I found these two little gems.


Forever is composed of nows.  – Emily Dickenson

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.  Benjamin Disraeli


I hope your nows are building up to a great forever, and your day is filled with minute sensations.


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