„Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.“

—  Harlan Ellison, book Paladin of the Lost Hour, Paladin of the Lost Hour (1985)
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„The current of Time's river
Will carry off all human deeds
And sink into oblivion
All peoples, kingdoms and their kings.

And if there's something that remains
Through sounds of horn and lyre,
It too will disappear into the maw of time
And not avoid the common pyre… [lines broken]“

—  Gavrila Derzhavin Russian poet 1743 - 1816
Рѣка временъ въ своемъ стремленьи Уноситъ всѣ дѣла людей И топитъ въ пропасти забвенья Народы, царства и царей. А если что и остается Чрезъ звуки лиры и трубы, То вѣчности жерломъ пожрется И общей не уйдетъ судьбы! Lines found at Derzhavin's table after his death. For another translation, see Time's river in its rushing current

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„It's time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.“

—  Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Herewith: Music, Words and Photographs

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„The stream of Time, irresistible, ever moving, carries off and bears away all things that come to birth and plunges them into utter darkness, both deeds of no account and deeds which are mighty and worthy of commemoration;“

—  Anna Comnena, book Alexiad
The Alexiad, Preface, Context: The stream of Time, irresistible, ever moving, carries off and bears away all things that come to birth and plunges them into utter darkness, both deeds of no account and deeds which are mighty and worthy of commemoration; as the playwright [Sophocles] says, it 'brings to light that which was unseen and shrouds from us that which was manifest.' Nevertheless, the science of History is a great bulwark against this stream of Time; in a way it checks this irresistible flood, it holds in a tight grasp whatever it can seize floating on the surface and will not allow it to slip away into the depths of Oblivion.

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„Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Except are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 BC
Disputed, "The Letter of Aristotle to Alexander on the Policy toward the Cities", translated from Lettre d’Aristote à Alexandre sur la politique envers les cités, an Arabic text translated and edited by Józef Bielawski and Marian Plezia (1970), p. 72; translated from an ancient Greek text that survived only in Arabic translation, there is little acceptance that this is an authentic letter of Aristotle.

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