quote by Kay Ryan

The day misspent, the love misplaced, has inside it the seed of redemption. Nothing is exempt from resurrection.

— Kay Ryan

Strong Misspent quotations

Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.

To play billiards well is the sign of a misspent youth.

One of the horrors of hell is the undying memory of a misspent life.

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.


I have the reputation for having read all of Henry James.

Which would argue a misspent youth and middle age.

And, oh God, in my misspent youth as a housewife, I, too, used to bake bread, in those hectic and desolating days just prior to the woman's movement, when middle-class women were supposed to be wonderful wives and mothers, gracious hostesses.... I used to feel so womanly when I was baking my filthy bread.

To my son Hugh, in return for the care and sorrow he has caused me all the days of his life, for his dissolute career and his desertion, I do give and bequeath the sum of one thousand dollars and the memory of his misspent youth.

For good undone, and gifts misspent, and resolutions vain,

Redeem thy misspent time that's past, And live this day as if thy last.


An excessive knowledge of Marxism is a sign of a misspent youth.

As part of my misspent youth, I spent too much time in the sun, and every few months, I have to go and have some basal cell removed from my old craggy features.

There is no remedy for time misspent;

No healing for the waste of idleness, Whose very languor is a punishment Heavier than active souls can feel or guess.

A human life the treasure of the world cannot buy;

nor can it redeem one which is misspent; nor can it make full and complete and beautiful a life which is dwarfed and warped and ugly.

Time is given us that we may take care for eternity;

and eternity will not be too long to regret the loss of our time if we have misspent it.


Time is never more misspent than while we declaim against the want of it;

all our actions are then tinctured with peevishness. The yoke of life is certainly the least oppressive when we carry it with good-humor; and in the shades of rural retirement, when we have once acquired a resolution to pass our hours with economy, sorrowful lamentations on the subject of time misspent and business neglected never torture the mind.

Every piece of work in the shops moves.

Save 10 steps a day for each of the 12,000 employees, and you will have saved 50 miles of wasted motion and misspent energy.

A graceful and blessed old age must have three elements in it: a happy retrospect, a peaceful present, and an inspiring future. And old age cannot have either one of these three if the youth has been wasted and manhood has been misspent.

DAY, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper - the former devoted to sins of business, the latter consecrated to the other sort.

Don't bemoan your misspent life quite yet.

Forgive me for flaunting my experience, but you have no conception of what a misspent life constitutes.


Yesterday misspent can't be recall'd Vanity makes beauty contemptible Wisdom is more valuable than riches.

I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide.

Eventually, I sickened of people, myself included, who didn't think enough of themselves to make something of themselves- people who did only what they had to and never what they could have done. I learned from them the infected loneliness that comes at the end of every misspent day. I knew I could do better.