Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. ― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. (Namaste Publishing August 19, 2004) Originally published 1997.