quotations about time travel
Once confined to fantasy and science fiction, time travel is now simply an engineering problem.
MICHIO KAKU, Wired Magazine, August 2003
Time travel ... will never be impossible forever.
TOBA BETA, Betelgeuse Incident
If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?
STEPHEN HAWKING, A Brief History of Time
Identified with our bodies, which are limited in space and time, we sentient beings have lost the experience (if it can be called that) of residing in timeless, spaceless eternity (now being investigated by physicists studying superstring theory and quantum physics, although they may not think of it in this manner). Time travel frees us from such limitations. This freedom typically occurs when we practice any spiritual discipline that alters the relation between body and mind ... It allows us to move through time and to improve our quality of life by revisiting past errors and learning to forgive ourselves and others.
FRED ALAN WOLF, The Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time
The truth is, time travel is hard, and people are lazy.
MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX, Redeemed
If we could travel into the past, it's mind-boggling what would be possible. For one thing, history would become an experimental science, which it certainly isn't today. The possible insights into our own past and nature and origins would be dazzling. For another, we would be facing the deep paradoxes of interfering with the scheme of causality that has led to our own time and ourselves. I have no idea whether it's possible, but it's certainly worth exploring.
CARL SAGAN, interview, NOVA, October 12, 1999
It would take a civilization far more advanced than ours, unbelievably advanced, to begin to manipulate negative energy to create gateways to the past. But if you could obtain large quantities of negative energy -- and that's a big "if" -- then you could create a time machine that apparently obeys Einstein's equation and perhaps the laws of quantum theory.
MICHIO KAKU, Scientific American, November 24, 2003
What use was time to those who'd soon achieve Digital Immortality?
CLYDE DESOUZA, Memories with Maya
When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children. I am a trick, an illusion of the highest order, so incredible that I am actually true.
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER, The Time Traveler's Wife
What if tomorrow vanished in the storm? What if time stood still? And yesterday--if once we lost our way, blundered in the storm--would we find yesterday again ahead of us, where we had thought tomorrow's sun would rise?
ROBERT NATHAN, Portrait of Jennie
How do you decide whether tomorrow's technology includes time travel? Where do you look for evidence that our descendants have discovered the means of temporal voyaging? If time travel is a one-way process forward, there is no way we can know. If, as the new physics suggest, it is possible to move back in time, then the evidence we are searching for will present itself as anachronisms. Human beings are careless. They drop things they shouldn't, like the metal tubes found in Saint-Jean de Livet in France. They are also vulnerable. Whatever safeguards are in place, sooner or later someone will be trapped in a time period other than their own and die there. If the time period is historical, their death will leave no anachronistic trace, but if we examine the depths of prehistory, it becomes possible to trace the series of temporal disasters which left a trail of corpses where they decidedly should not be.
J. H. BRENNAN, Time Travel: A New Perspective
Without unscrambled eggs, there was no time travel, no more depredation of the Now.
JASPER FFORDE, First Among Sequels
I'll just tell you what I remember because memory is as close as I've gotten to building my own time machine.
SAMANTHA HUNT, The Invention of Everything Else
What would happen if history could be rewritten as casually as erasing a blackboard? Our past would be like the shifting sands at the seashore, constantly blown this way or that by the slightest breeze. History would be constantly changing every time someone spun the dial of a time machine and blundered his or her way into the past. History, as we know it, would be impossible. It would cease to exist.
MICHIO KAKU, Hyperspace
Shh! Listen! Someone's coming! I think -- I think it might be us!
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Time travel over short distances is one thing, expeditions deep into the millennia quite another. The difference is more or less like that between going for a stroll downtown and journeying to the stars.
LEM STANISLAW, "The Twentieth Voyage of Ijon Tichy", The Star Diaries
All I really need
Is time travel and you
Don't know what this is
We're travelling through
All the memories
Unravel with you
So all I really need
Is time travel
DALEY, "Time Travel"
Today, we know that time travel need not be confined to myths, science fiction, Hollywood movies, or even speculation by theoretical physicists. Time travel is possible. For example, an object traveling at high speeds ages more slowly than a stationary object. This means that if you were to travel into outer space and return, moving close to light speed, you could travel thousands of years into the Earth's future.
CLIFFORD PICKOVER, Time: A Traveler's Guide
Man ... can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way.
H. G. WELLS, The Time Machine
Our heirs, whatever or whoever they may be, will explore space and time to degrees we cannot currently fathom. They will create new melodies in the music of time. There are infinite harmonies to be explored.
CLIFFORD PICKOVER, Time: A Traveler's Guide