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Years

  • There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

  • Years are only garments, and you either wear them with style all your life, or else you go dowdy to the grave.

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "The Middle or Blue Period" (1944), The Portable Dorothy Parker, rev. ed. ()
  • Years flowed in and flowed out of his mind like tides, leaving pools of memories full of small living things.

  • On New Year's Day every calendar, large and small, has the same number of dates. But we soon learn that the years are of very different lengths.

  • I could not prove the Years had feet — / Yet confident they run ...

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1862, in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • ... years ... should be nothing to you. Who asked you to count them or to consider them? In the world of wild Nature, time is measured by seasons only — the bird does not know how old it is — the rose-tree does not count its birthdays!

  • In youth the years are long, the moments short, but in age the moments are long, the years short.

  • The days are long, the years short.

    • Annette Mack,
    • in Michelle Edwards, A Knitter's Home Companion ()
  • Years in themselves mean nothing. How we live them means everything.

  • Autumn to winter, winter into spring, / Spring into summer, summer into fall — / So rolls the changing year, and so we change; / Motion so swift, we know not that we move ...

  • A new year is a gift, a small piece of infinity, to do with as we will.