There is something even in the lapse of time by which time recovers itself.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 374, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
'And, as for space-time, it is clear that space-time, so far as it is time, is simply a compounding of opportunities which strike each and every type of entity, from atoms to gods, within the universe. Therefore, time, to the immortal, may ultimately be meaningless outside of a causal sense of reality, like a blank sheet of paper. The will to overcome time has to do with the will to overcome the assumption of its complexity. But the mental art of willpower is only limited in an intelligent universe.'
(- -Nathan Coppedge, 'Pre-Delineation of Time as Opportunism', in The Dimensional Phenomenologist's Toolkit.)
In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
(Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Candide, or Optimism (Candide, ou l'Optimisme) (1759), ch. 23, p. 238, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1966).
Words uttered by an Englishman by way of explaining the court- martial and execution of John Byng in 1757 for his failure to prevent the French from taking the island of Minorca.)