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Quotations about Haste & Hurry

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. ~Will Rogers

You folks happen to know what the main trouble with this country is?... The main trouble is there are too many people who don't know where they're going and they want to get there too fast. ~The Bishop's Wife, 1947, written by R. Nathan, R.E. Sherwood, L. Bercovici, B. Wilder, and C. Brackett

God made time, but man made haste. ~Irish proverb

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. ~Søren Kierkegaard, translated by David F. Swenson, 1944

Once you stop rushing through life, you will be amazed how much more life you have time for. ~Author unknown

I regret less the road not taken than my all-fired hurry along the road I took. ~Robert Brault,

If you complain about the world moving too fast, slow down. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2009

I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh, I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why...
~Randy VanWarmer and Roger Murrah, "I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)," performed by Alabama, 1992 ♫

No matter how you hurry, you will notice at the end of the day that you traveled at the speed of time. ~Robert Brault,

O born in days when wits were fresh and clear,
And life ran gaily as the sparkling Thames;
Before this strange disease of modern life,
With its sick hurry, its divided aims,
Its heads o'ertax'd, its palsied hearts, was rife...
~Matthew Arnold, "The Scholar-Gipsy," 1853

Why do we hurry? For they who hurry through life are hastening the tomb. It doesn't pay. Take time sufficient for everything you do. Take time to eat properly. Take time to rest and play. Take time for politeness. Take time to pass over the road of life — and if you fail and fall among the rocks, arise again and struggle on; let not hurry nor worry divert you from your path. Study your nature. You will be healthy, happy and successful. ~Lilla D. Windsor, "Don't Hurry," Health Magazine, October 1899  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I come from labyrinths of confusion into a path across a meadow.
I ease the stress, I come to the ministry of the trees.
I cease from hurrying and come with the leisure of flowers, lingering with the loitering grasses.
I come deliberately, like buds that do not clamor to open, like fruits that do not hasten to fall.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "At the Roots of Grasses: III," At the Roots of Grasses, 1923

We hurry over the road that stretches from childhood to maturity only to discover that its most beautiful scenery escaped our vision. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Whoever is in a hurry, shows that the thing he is about is too big for him. Haste and hurry are very different things. ~Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th earl of Chesterfield, 1749

You do not at all understand my manner of life. Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry; because I never undertake any more work than I can go through with perfect calmness of spirit. ~John Wesley, 1777

HASTE  Our leading waste manufacturer. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

It's a quarter after five on a Sunday morning... The world is so asleep and deserted at this hour... There's a lot of room and quiet, at this time of day. That's one reason I get up early... Another reason I get up early is because there is less of a sense of pressure before the rest of the world is up and stirring. You can feel the slow rhythms of time and the stars and you can see the day begin. The days are just as long as they were 10 million years ago. If they seem short it is because man has tried to pack them so full of hurry. I don't know where we are hurrying, but haste has become habitual. ~Hal Borland, Hill Country Harvest, 1967

Remember the great adversary of art or anything else is a hurried life. As they used to teach us in World War Two, the eight enemies of survival are fear, pain, cold, thirst, hunger, fatigue, boredom, and loneliness. Haste is the ninth. ~Robert James Waller, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, 1996

What way should Victor take in the labyrinth of beauty?— All the sixty-four radii of the compass stretched themselves out as so many fingerposts, and he had sense enough not to propose to himself any particular hour of arriving. ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865

Haste is a hurricane, patience a gentle breeze. ~Terri Guillemets, "Attitude is whether…," 2000

Ah, yes, my social life — a series of encounters where we briefly debate who is in the greater rush. ~Robert Brault,

And to this day I wish I had lingered a week or so.... But we stupid mortals, or most of us, are always in haste to reach somewhere else, forgetting that the zest is in the journey and not in the destination. ~Ralph D. Paine, Roads of Adventure

One can only see clearly
If one is going slowly.
Quick motion creates life-blur.
~Terri Guillemets

He bites his tongue who speaks in haste. ~Turkish proverb

There would be more miracles in America if the people were not in too great a hurry to wait. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Waiting is one of life's hardships. ~Lemony Snicket

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