"Most people think that time is like a river, that flows swift and sure in one direction... but I have seen the face of time, and I can tell you; they are wrong. Time is an ocean in a storm."
"I don't want to talk about time travel shit. Because if we talk about time travel shit then we're gonna be here all day, drawing diagrams with straws."
"When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in the particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is 'So it goes.'"
"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff."
"Okay, kid. This is is where it gets complicated."
— Amy Pond
to her younger alternate-universe self, in the midst of one of the most convoluted time-SNAFUs imaginable, also in Doctor Who
"Time isn't a straight line, it's all... bumpy-wumpy. there's loads of boring stuff, like sundays and tuesdays and thursday afternoons."
— The Doctor
, they really love this trope over in Doctor Who
GA: Why Is It That When The Subject Of Temporal Mechanics Is Broached Your Sparing Human Intellects Instantly Assume The Most Ingratiating Posture Of Surrender Imaginable
hate temporal mechanics!"
YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL YOU HATE TIME TRAVEL
"By the way, this
won't change history at all. Let's go around blowing people up. Let's kill some ancestors. That's real great. As long as it doesn't affect the Wyld Stallyns concert!
When they come back to the present, it's gonna be some kind of Planet of the Apes
shit! They're going to be playing to an audience of intelligent sloths!"
"Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends."
"That's the problem with time travel. Everything's different when you get back."
"Time is like a deluxe-model sexbot. It exists only to be screwed in every possible way."
on Star Trek Voyager
"[Asagi Whisperwynds] said time's flexibles. Long as y'don' try tah break it completelys with time paradocs an' misplacin' important peoples, it'll mend itself. Soooooooooo jus' go fer it."
: Well, good luck for both our sakes. See you in the future. Marty
: ...you mean the past? Doc
"Time travel. Ever since my first day in the job as a Starfleet captain I swore I'm never let myself get caught in one of these godforsaken paradoxes. The future is the past, the past is the future. It all gives me a headache."