"Spring ahead, fall backward"... we all know the saying. And now, we'll be springing ahead on Sunday, Mar. 12th for Daylight Saving Time 2017. However, while we may be losing an hour, that doesn't have to stop us from gaining some insight courtesy of these quotes about Daylight Saving Time. Benjamin Franklin, Harry S. Truman, and Winston Churchill are just a few of the famous names you'll find in the quote roundup below, and you can bet that they each have something valuable to share. You'll also find a handful of humorous quotes in the mix too, because let's face it, levity is a wonderful thing.
Really, I don't have much of a problem with Daylight Saving Time. While it's a bit of a pain to drop an hour (and subsequently, to wake up an hour earlier), I think that the payoff is completely worth it. Longer days, you guys. Who doesn't like that?
To help get you into the spirit of Daylight Saving Time, make sure you take a read through these quotes. If you're not looking forward to setting the clock ahead an hour, hopefully these quotes will help change your perspective. And as one final reminder, make sure you set your clocks tonight before you go to bed. Nobody likes being the person who got the memo and still forgot.
1. “I say it is impossible that so sensible a people [citizens of Paris], under such circumstances, should have lived so long by the smoky, unwholesome and enormously expensive light of candles if they had really known that they might have had as much pure light of the sun for nothing.” — Benjamin Franklin
2. “Daylight time, a monstrosity in timekeeping.” — Harry S. Truman
3. "I don't mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year." — Victor Borge
4. “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.” — Winston Churchill
5. "It seems very strange … that in the course of the world's history so obvious an improvement should never have been adopted. … The next generation of Britishers would be the better for having had this extra hour of daylight in their childhood." — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. “You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight saving time.” — Dave Barry
7. "We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world." — Rene Magritte
8. “I don't really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the daylight saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.” — Robertson Davies
9. “I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year.” — Victor Borge
10. "One of the ways the telegraph changed us as humans was it gave us a new sense of what time it is. It gave us an understanding of simultaneity. It gave us the ability to synchronize clocks from one place to another. It made it possible for the world to have standard time and time zones and then Daylight Saving Time and then after that jetlag. All of that is due to the telegraph because, before that, the time was whatever it was wherever you were." — James Gleick